The United States at L'International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by TELUS - La Ronde is gonna rock!



    MONTREAL, July 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Fans of rock and fireworks will be
served up a feast tonight at L'International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by
TELUS, when these two explosive forms of expression will join forces in an
extravagant pyromusical rock opera. The United States will dazzle you with a
totally overwhelming display requiring six additional structures built on the
launch ramps, including three 10-m-high towers!
    The show, entitled Rock Loves is built around five themes often closely
associated with this type of musical and this particular production is no
exception.
    In the first, rock and the realm of dreams merge into a perfect union
with classics such as Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds by the Beatles and
Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd. Then, the sounds of rock bring colors to
auditory life, such as in Yellow by Coldplay and Mr. Blue Sky by ELO. Rock
becomes an eloquent messenger of peace, especially when sung by someone like
Lennon, as illustrated in the third act. And rock can also convey love, even
with really power guitar riffs such as performed by Guns N' Roses. Lastly,
since rock has its own penchant for excess and knows how to fuel it, rock
loves shows and being the center of attraction. In other words, as stated by
Pyrotecnico, Rock Loves...Tonight!, which is the closing act of the rock
opera.
    Pyrotecnico's life has been like a roller coaster, especially as July 4
rolls around each year, since the firm organizes 600 to 700 fireworks shows
for Independence Day celebrations in the United States. There's every reason
to believe that the headquarters in New Castle, Pennsylvania, pulls out all
the stops for this American holiday. In point of fact, New Castle is
considered the fireworks' capital in the United States, if only because there
were no fewer than seven pyrotechnical firms active there in the 1920s.
    The firm's "normal" business, however, did not prevent the designers of
Rock Loves from investing nine months of work into this original show,
according to Ralph Piacquadio and Rocco Vitale. Vitale, who heads up
Pyrotechnico with his brother, has fireworks in his blood: four generations
have preceded him in the business since his great-great-grandfather founded
the firm in 1889...some 60 years before rock was born!
    A few scenes from a video interview with representatives can be viewed on
the Internet at www.internationaldesfeuxlotoquebec.com. The site also lists
the titles of the 13 pieces of music (including the opening and closing
pieces) that will be heard at the La Ronde.

    The 24th Edition Features Novelty and Innovation

    This year, personalities from Québec's world of art with be closely
associated with L'International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by TELUS.
Wednesday, rocker Marie-Chantal Toupin will take part in the event. Mike
Gauthier and Geneviève Gélineau will be hosting the evening's activities on
the air with Rythme FM.

    Technical Details and Ticket Sales

    The shows of L'International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by TELUS get
underway at 10 p.m., whatever the weather. The Jacques Cartier Bridge will be
closed to vehicles on show evenings from 8 p.m. to the end of the
presentation. Reserved seats can be purchased at La Ronde on the same day (the
ticket includes unlimited access to rides and attractions on the site for the
entire day), on the Internet www.admission.com, and by telephone at
514-790-1245 or toll-free at 1-800-361-4595. Corporate and group packages are
available by calling La Ronde sales at 514-397-7777 or by sending an e-mail to
ventes@laronde.com.

    Partners

    The International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by TELUS would like to
extend its sincere appreciation to its valued sponsors and partners for their
immeasurable support in terms of producing and publicizing this event: title
sponsor Loto-Québec; presenter sponsor TELUS; associate sponsors Ministère du
Tourisme and the SAQ; official broadcaster 105.7 Rythme FM; and partners TVA,
Le Journal de Montréal, the Marriott Château Champlain, Belle Gueule, and
Agropur Division Fromages Fins.

    About Six Flags: La Ronde is owned by Six Flags, Inc., the world's
largest regional theme park company with 20 parks across the United States,
Mexico, and Canada. Six Flags Inc. is a publicly traded corporation
(NYSE:   SIX) based in New York.




For further information:

For further information: Martin Roy, Public Relations Manager, La Ronde,
Member of the Six Flags Family, (514) 397-2001, extension 2703, mroy@sftp.com


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