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NPS Nixes Daft Punk Concert at Devil's Tower

The Grammy-winning electronica duo reportedly wanted to light up the iconic rock column with lasers.

by: Trent Knoss

images: fabiovenni/Flickr; B D/Wikimedia Commons
images: fabiovenni/Flickr; B D/Wikimedia Commons

The National Park Service has quashed a proposal from electronic music duo Daft Punk that would have turned Devil's Tower into a 50,000-person dance party.

The Billings Gazette reports that representatives for the band approached the park last fall with a request to hold a sprawling concert on adjacent private land.  The plan reportedly involved using lasers to light up the iconic rock formation, which happens to be the country's oldest national monument.

As stunning as that might have been to see, the park service ultimately determined that the event would be disrepectful to Native American tribes who consider the tower sacred, as well as run counter to the park's mission to keep light pollution to a minimum.

Read more: Billings Gazette



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