Venue: LVH Theater
3000 S. Paradise Rd.
Las Vegas, NV
Show Dates: Ongoing
Show Times: 8pm
Age Restriction: 4
Starting at $59.85
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 Robin McAuley (Survivor) sing, shout and harmonize as they lead the audience through three decades of hits: Hendrix, Zepplin, Queen, Deep Purple, and everything in between.
Rounding out the sound and the showdown are not one, not two but four lead guitarists. The first one to catch your ear will be Tracii Guns. Yeah. As in "Guns" & Roses. Don't believe us? Watch him wail on his double-neck guitar with riff after slammin' riff, then pick your jaw up off the ground and admit we were right. Thank you.
The best part? All three other lead guitarists (Howard Leese from Heart, Asia frontman Josh Payne and The Offspring's Andrew Freeman) are just as good. You'll be cheering them on to play more and more virtuosic solos 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 — especially not on the LVH showroom stage, where Elvis played for years. 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.