From the explosive but humble beginnings of Alice Cooper developed the modern, multimillion-dollar concert special-effects industry. Now music artists constantly amp up the drama for live shows by using pyrotechnics, robotics and acrobatics.
(L to R): Led Zeppelin members John Paul Jones, John Bonham (drums), Robert Plant and Jimmy Page performing at the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, R.I., on July 6, 1969. In the 1970s the band would invest in flashier special effects at their concerts, including explosions, lasers and pyrotechnics. Gai Terrell/Gai Terrell/Redferns/ Getty Images Buy Photo