I had the privilege of speaking with inventor/internet pioneer Dan Harple recently for this story I wrote for AOL News.
Pink Floyd delighted its fans with a giant, inflatable pig. The Rolling Stones had a six-pointed “lotus petal” stage that opened to reveal the entire band. And the Electric Light Orchestra had its own onstage spaceship.
That era brought rock concertgoers their first taste of strawberry wine, and also their first taste of high-concept stage productions.
While it’s all but impossible to track down what happened to all of these elaborate (and expensive) stage props, there is one that remains today, blissfully suspended in a state of 1970s animation.”