Raiding The Rock Vault – Oh Yea!!

Raidng the Rock Vault las vegas

 

Miss Debbie and I took last night off and headed down to the LVH (formerly the Hilton) to finally see Raiding the Rock Vault.  After 2 hours (yes, two hours) All I can say is this was one  kick ass time travel thru rock and roll’s greatest era’s of music.  These guys (and one gal) really kept the crowd going as they went from the 60’s to the 90’s…

The best way I can describe it is if you were to make up a play list for your iPod of all the great hits of the past 40 years that inspired your life…  And they played them as if you were there:     The Who, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, including the intro to his version of the Star Spangled banner.  Free, The Eagles Hotel California, they even hit the Steven Tyler high note when they do Aerosmith’s Dream On...

Then they went deep into the vault for some Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Deep Purple, Queen, KISS, Rolling Stones,  ending with some heavy metal from AC/DC and ZZ Top.  Each song came with interesting video back-drops showing album covers (remember those?) and history of the band and/or the song…

This Ain’t No Cover Band

Vegas is filled with fakes, frauds and wanna-bees impersonating the greats.  This is a line up of genuine rock stars who survived to pass it on:  Howard Leese (Heart, The Paul Rodgers Band), Joe Lynn Turner  (Rainbow, Deep Purple), Tracii Guns (LA Guns, Guns n’ Roses), Robin McAuley  (MSG, Survivor), John Payne  (Asia), Paul Shortino  (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot), Jay Schellen  (Hurricane, Asia), Andrew Freeman  (Lynch Mob, The Offspring), and Michael T Ross  (Lita Ford, Hardline, Angel). (musicians change periodically but are all from the real bands)

The Time Capsule

It was a little over two hours of rock history broken up with short skits to reflect the era they were entering.  Hitting on topics like hippies, the Vietnam war, man walking on the moon, Nixon resignation, etc…

It ended with a new Vegas tradition.  The band and crew on stage to thank the members of the audience “if it weren’t for you, we wouldn’t be here”  ..  However this show has been ranked #1 on TripAdvisor and The Las Vegas Review Journal reader poll, so they are doing something right.

The only fault I have is that I am not a big fan of the pay-for-autograph approach they have after the show.  Try taking a picture from behind the roped off area and on old scary woman will try to get into your face and force you back unless you purchase something to be autographed…

Otherwise, this show is a 5 out of 5 star event!

** Editor’s Note:  The Show has since moved to the Tropicana **

 

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Mark Anthony is "The Vegas Tourist". A Vegas local since 2001, He is also a tourism ambassador, media personality and the editor of The Vegas Tourist website as well as being the voice behind the popular The Vegas Tourist Podcast.

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