Raiding the Rock Vault – LVH Hits the Jackpot
Raiding the Rock Vault – LVH Hits the Jackpot with this Show
by Denise Savello, Staff Writer
Informer Media Group
If you didn’t live through it, you’ll wish you would have while watching the new show at LVH, Raiding the Rock Vault – The Story of Classic Rock. Raiding the Rock Vault takes you back in time through a theatrical time machine with events that spawned a new age of freedom, voice, and independence that spread across our nation through the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Starting with the transition of make love, not war; actors are first depicted smoking marijuana and expanding their minds while listening to The Doors and Jimmy Hendrix. Still, there was patriotism in the country and many still chose to serve in the military during the Vietnam War. The time machine takes the audience through the important impact music had on our nation and the voice it gave citizens during the war as the band Free sang to the audience with their smash hit “All Right Now.” As “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin is played, the realization seeps into the audience that this is going to be a show to remember. It is literally an emotional journey through time. The audience soon realizes that this wasn’t just music; it was a lifestyle, a voice, and moreover– it was taking a stand.
As the show progresses, historical moments in U.S. history are depicted such as President Nixon resigning, Buzz Aldrin walking on the moon, protests over Vietnam, and the growth of the free spirit and independence. While watching the band play, the audience also learns about the level of success each song had on the billboard charts.
The audience is launched from Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” to The Eagles’ “Hotel California” to Queen’s “We are the Champions.” Just as the audience (and myself) is thinking, ‘it just can’t get any better,’ Bobby Kimball, the lead singer from Toto, steps onto the stage for the beginning of his guest two-week spotlight belting out “Hold the Line; Love isn’t Always on Time.” It was announced that Kimball’s appearance would be one of many guest signers from other classic rock bands.
Once the show enters the 80s, the audience is treated to a MTV-like cable channel starring the long-lost daughter of one of the earlier characters as a VJ guiding the audience through the music of the 1980s. She takes us through such hit songs like Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer” and Bryan Adams’ “Run to You.” These iconic songs are followed by songs from ACDC, Def Leppard, U2, and Foreigner. The list goes on and on.
Members of the band include: Robin McAuley, vocalist from Survivor; John Payne, vocalist, bassist, guitarist from ASIA; Paul Shortino, singer from Rough Cutt and Quiet Riot; Howard Leese, guitarist from Bad Company and The Paul Rodgers Band; Tracii Guns, original guitarist from Guns N’ Roses; Andrew Freeman, vocalist and guitarist from The Offspring and Lynch Mob; Jay Schellen, drummer from ASIA and Yes; and Michael T. Ross, keyboardist from Hardline and Angel.
Raiding The Rock Vault proves to be worth your time with its spectacular performances, guitar solos, and vocals. You will be glad you saw the show and will not forget the experience or the talent of Raiding the Rock Vault.
Raiding the Rock Vault can be seen in the LVH Theater in the LVH Las Vegas, 3000 S. Paradise Road with performances nightly at 9 p.m. To purchase tickets, click here.