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Who knew raving could cost you your eyesight?!?!

According to a new report, dozens of ravers in Russia have been blinded after their retinas were burned by a giant laser light show.

We thought raving was passe, dead, so '90s!

A total of 61 people have been admitted to hospitals across Moscow, city health officials confirmed.

Niet!!!!

Some ravers have lost up to 80 per cent of their vision and doctors say they are unlikely to recover.

Apparently, heavy rain forced rave organizers to erect massive tents for the an all-nighter and giant lasers that normally shoot into the sky were refracted into ravers' eyes.

Is this the end for Russian raves?

Next time, wear sunglasses when raving, y'all!

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127 comments to “Blinded By The Lights”

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  1. Annie says – reply to this


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    First!

  2. Erica says – reply to this


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    It's "nyet" not "niet!"

  3. Julie says – reply to this


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    First?

  4. Lulu says – reply to this


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    I wish Anna Nicole was still alive.

  5. Doria says – reply to this


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    first!!

  6. hehe says – reply to this


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    Angelina's new name is PIMP-Elina Jolie!

  7. ROCCO says – reply to this


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    WWWWHHHHOOOOAAAAA THAT SUCKS!!!!!

  8. hey says – reply to this


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    yoyo



  9. 9

    raving dead? so many still rave..where have YOU been??

  10. up4it says – reply to this


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    TEAM NICOLE!

  11. huh? says – reply to this


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    Are you stupid? Sunglasses wouldn't provide protection against lasers!!!

  12. Moi says – reply to this


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    Man, that's terrible!

  13. Erica says – reply to this


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    1st

  14. LOL says – reply to this


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    OH SHIT >.

  15. Mags says – reply to this


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    Russians are fucken hard core.

  16. durba says – reply to this


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    first

  17. oli b says – reply to this


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    robert swears!!!

    PLUR!!!!!!!!!!1

  18. lola says – reply to this


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    first?

  19. angel says – reply to this


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    that is so terrible!!!



  20. 20

    crazy

  21. lola says – reply to this


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    OMG! thats horrible! so sad! people were just trying to have a good time and they end up blind!!

  22. Genna says – reply to this


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    That's fucking scary!

  23. nicol says – reply to this


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    thats crazy

  24. hrua says – reply to this


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    Never heard of Nu-rave Perez? Thought you were supposed to be fashionable… get yourself some neon and a klaxons album…

  25. Haha says – reply to this


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    Do you even know what "niet" means? It doesn't look like you do. What should we expect from the idiot self-proclaimed Cuban that can't even speak proper Spanish, though.

  26. CeCe says – reply to this


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    Yeah sad to say there are people still raving out there in them mountains….



  27. 27

    Oohhhhhh shit son…. :O

  28. Moi says – reply to this


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    Raving is so not passe, dead, so 90's, over in the London we rave it up all the time.

    Throw shapes not fists!



  29. 29

    LoL so 90's.

  30. Moi says – reply to this


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    Raving is sooo not passe, dead, so '90s.

    Over in London we rave it up big time, Perez are you really gonna tell me you've never been to Heaven?

    Throw shapes not fists!

  31. Jen says – reply to this


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    Raving is very much alive, just with less e-tards.

  32. coolb says – reply to this


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    Perez, us Europeans are bringing raving back! OLD SKOOL!!!!!!!!!!! BRAP

  33. Nice says – reply to this


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    That's truly hilarious

  34. LC ba says – reply to this


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    poor kids. just tryin' to gEt thEir dancE on !!!!! thEy all thought thEy wErE trippin whEn thE sky wEnt pitch black. i bEt that ruined thEir roll !!!

  35. Sloan says – reply to this


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    Who the fuck goes to raves anymore?? Lame!

  36. babyg says – reply to this


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    oh shit now i'm scared cuz this one time i was at a theme park i think it was six flags and well they had this same type of laser show. i hope it didnt ruin some of my vision!! :( the show it self was fuckin awesome though

  37. Me says – reply to this


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    In the PNW we rave all the time!! There is even a few websites/message boards dedicated to those parties only. In the summer, every weekend there is at least two outdoor raves on one of the mountians near by!! Thought you knew what was in?

  38. Jez says – reply to this


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    this is messed up. Who hasn't gone to a rave? They were just out for a good time and the moron promoters blinded them! this is horrible!

  39. Moi says – reply to this


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    Raving definately still goes on, what about Brixton Mass, everyone whos anyone attends



  40. 40

    Oye, that's why I wear sunglasses at night!

  41. dmd says – reply to this


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    'it's fucking lazers!! what the hell else is going to happen if you get shot in the eye with one….dumb asses.

  42. saman says – reply to this


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    HAHAHAHA wow, i've been to over 100 raves and haven't had any horror stories like that!



  43. 43

    people still rave
    fuckin pill popin animals!



  44. 44

    ha but maybe this would make them stop

  45. STOP says – reply to this


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    LCD SCREENS are just as horrible for your eyes….

  46. Woot says – reply to this


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    Erect massive tents??? I'm flying to Russia!!!

  47. Court says – reply to this


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    wow!

  48. Nyet says – reply to this


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    Raving is dead? Boy the Hasidic Jews in Holland will be PISSED!

  49. 30 says – reply to this


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    I know how did that…I think

  50. Dumba says – reply to this


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    Niet is actually Dutch

    Njet is Russian

  51. timin says – reply to this


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    Honestly are you serious about that sunglasses comment? Sunglasses do NOT protect your eyes from the insensity of light generated by a laser beam. The correct choice of lens density and color is based on the wavelength and power of the specific laser being used. There are many different types of goggles to be worn based on the type of laser and intensity of light output.

    Jesus Perez just a simple google search would be beneficial when doling out advice.

  52. AMO says – reply to this


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    Raving's not dead; you idiot. There's a huge one that lasts for months in Ibiza and many other places, surely.

  53. JO says – reply to this


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    Raves are making a come back LA/Bay Area.. Ive only gone to two but they're sooo fun

  54. Lisa says – reply to this


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    everyone in the UK is still raving!

  55. GG says – reply to this


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    LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    tht's sooo damn HILARIOUS HAHAHAHAHAHAH

  56. WTF says – reply to this


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    WTF? ARE YOU SAYING THAT THEY LOST THEIR SIGHT PERMANTLEY? WOW! WHO KNEW……WOW

  57. emily says – reply to this


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    raving is very much alive! there was just one at the LA Coliseum a couple weeks ago EDC!!!! so amazing!!

    PLUR

  58. Fail says – reply to this


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    NYET, moron.



  59. 59

    shows how much you know about music

    RAVES will die when MUSIC does!!

  60. mim says – reply to this


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    Who needs lasik? Just go open your eyes for a second and poof - 20/20!



  61. 61

    EMILY i was at EDC too! fucking funnnnnnn

    don't judge a rave until you've been to one- i did and i've since been converted

    It's the "hollywood" parties that are passe and overrated.

  62. hellz says – reply to this


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    Sounds like it was one hell of a light show! i'm sure it looked even more awesome considering they were all probably popin' E

  63. Comra says – reply to this


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    In Russia, the motto is "Safety Last"

  64. Dudez says – reply to this


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    Perez should hold a sunglasses rave.

    Brigada ftw

  65. Joe says – reply to this


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    Oh wow those promoters need to be sued big time. That is very unfortunate and irresponsible of the promoter & lighting guys.

    Raving isn't dead Grandma. Electronica is the biggest music genre in the world, specifically Trance. Raves are simply electronica music festivals like any other concerts. DJs ARE producers and they showcase their own sounds n songs. Get with the program grandma!!! 70k people at the last electronica festival at la colesium - june 28th. Rock the bells didn't even get half as many people. :)

  66. Sonja says – reply to this


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    ITS NYET DUMBASSES

  67. where says – reply to this


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    have you been. raving is huge

  68. becca says – reply to this


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    baahhaha erect massive tents.

  69. Cryst says – reply to this


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    Raves actually bring in massive crowds all over the world. It's nothing to fill a building with 3000 people in a night. Have you not heard of DJ Irene, Tiesto, Bad Boy Bill, Paul Van Dyk, Diesel Boy? These are just a minute fraction of the many DJs out there. Most guys and girls these days are taking up spinning records. It's fun, not too difficult and you become a "mini" superstar. I can see why it's so attractive. Most main stream techno has trickled in the clubs everywhere. The song 'Satisfaction' has been on a commercial for Pete's sake. I remember when it first came out in the afterhours bars. It took about two years before it became mainstream, and by that time everyone was sick of listening to it. It's funny, I actually thought that most people knew about the thriving party/rave scene. I guess I was wrong.
    Oh, and Russian have some pretty hard ass beats too!! ;)

  70. Cryst says – reply to this


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    Oh and I should add that MUTEK(Montreal,QC), EVOLVE(Antigonish,NS), and Shambhala(Salmo,BC) are three major music festivals that happen every year in Canada. They bring anywhere from three thousand to ten thousand people with nothing but positive vibes to go around. It's a great experience, and one you'll never forget.
    Oh, and don't think you have to be an E-tard to go there, not that there's anything wrong with E-tards. I used to be one many moons ago, but I still love the music and the people!!!

  71. Mrie says – reply to this


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    Thats is so sad!

  72. Kirst says – reply to this


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    Raving dead? 56,000 people turned out for EDC a couple of weeks ago, and there are raves every weekend in California; you couldn't be more wrong!
    That sucks for those Russians though…. wtf

  73. Nicky says – reply to this


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    Shit that's really bad! They were worried about illegal drugs being the biggest problem at raves!!!

  74. Brahm says – reply to this


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    Perez is gonna get sued big time by all the kiddies out there going blind from staring at lasers with ordinary sunglasses on, as per his advice. Ha ha ha ha!

  75. weewe says – reply to this


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    Hey…raving is not out of style. As long as people are taking ecstasy there are going to be raves. DUH

  76. Sloan says – reply to this


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    Ravers are apparently deaf too! Seriously, how can you listen to that shitastic "music"?

  77. Laura says – reply to this


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    Well thats what happends when your eyes are dialated extra big for hours

  78. Sloan says – reply to this


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    Re: Cryst – Cryst: you still are an E-tard, obviously. Besides you can't reverse the damage that E does to your brain. Raves are not only for E-tards, but retards too. Get a life.

  79. kelle says – reply to this


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    perez you are fucking ignorant. first of all learn how to spell russian words if you are going to use them. second, raves are still very popular and sun glasses wouldn't help you for shit. oh not to mention that i'm sure this is waaaay over exaggerated (if it is even true at all) just like all the other bullshit you say. go find some real news to report on instead of sitting there all day long talking out of your ass.

  80. Mandi says – reply to this


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    omg that is horrible. I can relate though, being a person who has lost about 90 percent of their vision in the past 4 years, blindness is definitely something i dont wish on ANYONE!

  81. LOW says – reply to this


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    Wow Perez, this is very sad and you post it under whacky, tacky and true??? how disrespectful, of course I wasn't expecting anything better from a greasy, uneducated fat fuck like you, but it's sad nonetheless, poor people, they were trying to have a good time and now are scarred for life, and on top of that, some lazy fat fucker who can't even write, is making fun of them. sad…



  82. 82

    omg!

  83. ass says – reply to this


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    First, why are you making fun of people that lost their eyesight? I can't wait until you get shot and people laugh at you.
    -
    Second, how the fuck is this celebrity gossip?

  84. Sasha says – reply to this


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    Raving is not dead/ In Australia we have the Old Skool scene that is alive and kicking see - www.sydneyoldskool.com.au

  85. Shaun says – reply to this


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    Raves are still big in Europe and Asia. Hell we still have raves in LA. Techno/Trance and dance will live on forever ever ever…forever ever ever…forever.



  86. 86

    I MISS GOING TO RAVES! ANYONE KNOW WHERE I COULD SCORE SOME GOOD X?



  87. 87

    raves are making a comeback here in the US too. but hey, youre getting pretty old and out of touch so what would you know right? we rave it up here in LA perez. and sunglasses? wow. just wow.

  88. Dan says – reply to this


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    If their pupils weren't so huge maybe they would have not had as much damage!!! Cuz you know, Russians have large pupils.

  89. jenn says – reply to this


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    from experience I would bet it's not the laser's but the fucking drugs. that shit does strange things to your eyesight

  90. Blunt says – reply to this


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    And all those people who took ecstasy now have holes in their brains and suffer from deep depression and have cognitive challenges. It's amazing how people come up with really creative ways to hurt themselves.

  91. krist says – reply to this


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    prob didnt help that everyone there prob had x or somthing else that made their pupils dilated, yeah? ;p and ps perez. get with it. raves are pretty huge on the west coast.. and a good kickass time.



  92. 92

    THIS HAD ME ROLLING.
    The headlines should say, "BLIND IS THE NEW RAVE."

  93. tiger says – reply to this


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    90% of Russians are alcoholics and smoke so this comes as no surprize.
    No wonder their population is decreasing. How sad.

  94. macke says – reply to this


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    BLUNT - you obviously know nothing factual about ecstasy
    and TIGER … nice statistic that you invented there

  95. natal says – reply to this


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    wow, so horrible and unfair….

  96. karin says – reply to this


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    RAVING IS THE BEST THING EVER,
    especially in moscow. so perez, you know nothing. you probably listen to some gross r&b trash.
    and all you people whove never been to moscow, DONT TALK. your most likely american and ignorant and fat.
    kk :)



  97. 97

    i'm all about raving/ravers. but OMG!??! that's INSANE!! someone didn't double check the safeties… in the U.S. lawsuits would be flying with that many people BLINDED. geeez.

  98. YOU T says – reply to this


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    BLUNT- you also have zero facts. nice job spouting the popular medias quotes. i bet you also think acid stays in your spinal cord and leaks out every once in a while to cause flashbacks. GUESS WHAT - thats not true either.

    just bc celeb gossip isnt fact based doesnt mean science should be held to the same lack of standard

  99. Anton says – reply to this


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    yeah perez where the hell have you been? raving is still wayyyyyy big. ABQ DNB is a big deal in new mexico. for sure. i know i go whenever i can. and honestly, grunge is 90's, but kids still follow that.

    just like punk, the rave will always be alive.

  100. Raz says – reply to this


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    Its sad to hear about these people losing their eyesight when they were only trying to have fun and party. By the way the rave scene is not dead, in fact its starting up again in many places and has been going strong in Spring Break destinations such as Ibiza. Go to a rave its hell of a lot of fun, calling it "passe" just because you heard about them more in the 90's is immature. Having fun and dancing the night away never gets old.

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