Venue: Tropicana Theater
3801 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV
Show Dates: November 1, 2014 - July 31, 2016
Show Times: 8pm
Age Restriction: 5
Show Length: 2 hours
$59 - $135
These are NOT basement guitarists and karaoke vocalists who stumbled out of the garage and onto the stage to play half-decent covers. They're real musicians from real bands — and the difference shows.
The cast of Raiding the Rock Vault plays the standards like only real rockers can, because they are real rockers.
You know how your college roommate could barely squeak out the "oooooh-oh!" in the first half of "Livin' on a Prayer" and then crashed and burned after the modulation? There is absolutely no risk of that at Raiding the Rock Vault. Andrew Freeman (Lynch Mob, The Offspring and Paul Shortino (Quiet Riot) belt it out like the professionals they are — with power and guts. They and Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), Robin McAuley (MSG,Survivor) sing, shout and harmonize as they lead the audience through three decades of hits: Hendrix, Zepplin, Queen, Deep Purple, and everything in between.
Two female vocalists, Carol-Lyn Liddle (Masters of Rock) and Stephanie Calvert (Starship), round out the performance.
Adding sound are lead guitarists, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Howard Leese from Heart, Doug Aldrich from Whitesnake and The Offspring's Andrew Freeman, plus bassist Hugh McDonald (Bon Jovi). Top that off with drummer Jay Schellen (Badfinger, Asia) and keyboard whiz Michael T. Ross (Lita Ford Band) and you'll be cheering them on to play more and more all night long.
And that's important. We're talking about the greatest music ever recorded, here. You can't just throw together a handful of semi-competent musicians, give them mics and monitors and let them play the classics. That's a sure way to make a walk down memory lane seem like a forced march.
The camaraderie among the eight musicians is tangible. They interact with each other like brothers, with a visible understanding of what they're doing: playing the greatest music from the greatest eras in American history and reminding the fans who grew up to those sounds that real music never dies.