by Kevin Stott | The Mirage announced details of a dynamic redesign to its iconic Strip-front volcano on Wednesday. The casino has joined forces with legendary Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, Indian tabla sensation Zakir Hussain and Fountains of Bellagio design firm WET to create an all-new audio/visual spectacle. The top-to-bottom overhaul – which will reportedly cost around $25 million – is the final step in the property’s ongoing transformation and is scheduled for completion late 2008.
The Mirage set the standard for innovative attractions on the Las Vegas Strip when The Volcano first erupted in 1989. The Mirage is raising the bar again for the popular tourist visual by enlisting the talents of Grammy Award-winning talents of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician Hart and Indian musical virtuoso Hussain to create and perform a one-of-a-kind soundtrack arranged exclusively for The Volcano’s iconic blast.
"To put percussive sound to the image of fire and have it dance around a lagoon is something I’ve never done; I’ve never birthed a volcano," Hart said. "Zakir and I immersed ourselves in the legends and myths and studied what makes a volcano work. The result, a true union of the sense, will rattle your bones, just like a real volcano."
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