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Stone Mountain debuts 3-D Lasershow

Special photo . Stone Mountain Park is unveiling a new 3-D element to its long-running Laser Show.

Special photo . Stone Mountain Park is unveiling a new 3-D element to its long-running Laser Show.

STONE MOUNTAIN -- Imagine watching granite crumble toward you as you lie on Stone Mountain's lawn, or a fiery volcano spew lava into the Georgia night sky. This weekend, you can.

Starting Saturday and continuing through Memorial Day weekend, Stone Mountain Park is unveiling the latest Lasershow Spectacular, complete with new technology called Mountainvision, which maps 3-D imagery with more than just a laser onto the face of the mountain. And you won't need glasses to enjoy the experience.

Since the performance began in 1983, Stone Mountain's laser show Spectacular has become Georgia's No. 1 tourist attraction. It is also the largest and longest running laser show in the world.

The legendary attraction has embraced a new technology to bring in more people to the park, even though the park averages about a million visitors during the warmer months of the year.

The new high-tech projector is made by a Belgian company called Barco, which is dedicated to designing and developing "visualization solutions." The updated show's display will spread 400 feet high by 300 feet wide on the mountain. Stone Mountain has teamed up with Full Spectrum LLC to produce and operate the show.

"We create a virtual skin on the mountain which enhances the show," said Paul Creasy, owner of Full Spectrum. "We can create cracks and rocks falling from the mountain, and much more."

The show runs for about 40 minutes complete with fresh new music, but it still has a many of public's favorite classic hits.

Only a few things have changed for the revamped show. The "sports module" that pays homage to the all local professional and college sports teams has been updated and is accompanied with music by the Black Eyed Peas.

The psychedelic spiral graph part of the show will be performed alongside the classic rock music from Boston.

An enhanced piece honoring a number of local artists was also created, including Marietta's Third Day, Athens' REM, Atlanta's OutKast and the one and only Ray Charles, just to name a few.

One popular and historical section that hasn't changed is Elvis Presley's "An American Trilogy." The Confederate trio, Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, rise again to gallantly ride their horses across the face of the mountain.

And don't fret. You can still sing along with The Charlie Daniels Band's "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" and stand proud as Sandi Patti ends the show with "The Star-Spangled Banner."

They are even playing tribute to the great country singer Lee Greenwood, which will make many diehard laser show fans happy. Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" was taken out of the line-up years ago and many want it back.

"We wanted to make this something that the (Georgia) natives haven't seen before," said Creasy. "We want to know what the next great thing is to keep people entertained and we always want to deliver."

The Lasershow Spectacular is free with a $10 vehicle entrance fee to the park. You can also purchase reserved VIP Terrace Seating with a choice of three different food options.