March 10, 2013 – If you were an outsider looking in, you would swear that Las Vegas must be putting a fully funded marketing effort behind the resurgence of the classic metal movement. Outside of the dozens of world class musicians from the genre residing in Sin City, in the last 6 months the Broadway show “Rock of Ages” opened at the Venetian in late 2011. After that, Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp relocated their HQ to Las Vegas in January, and last night the new and highly touted show, “Raiding the Rock Vault” (RTRV) Premiered at the LVH. My short review of the show? GO CHECK IT OUT! If you have the time to read on, my short review of the show is below.
Not knowing exactly what to expect from the show’s premier last night, I am delighted to tell you that I enjoyed every bit of it! My worries of having to sit through a 20 minute dissertation as to how Led Zeppelin was formed were extinguished 3 minutes into the show when the band broke into their opening number by The Who, and the music just kept coming!
The all-star line up of RTRV consists of: Robin McAuley (MSG/Survivor), Howard Leese (Heart/Paul Rodgers), Paul Shortino (Quiet Riot/King Kobra), Tracii Guns (Guns N’ Roses/LA Guns), John Payne (Asia/Roger Daltrey), Andrew Freeman (The Offspring/Lynch Mob), Jay Schellen (Hurricane/Asia), and Michael T. Ross (Lita Ford/Missing Persons) with several of the band changing roles and instruments throughout the show.
It would be a travesty if I didn’t mention that the show is 90% concert, 10% production show. Being a music junkie, I wouldn’t have it any other way. The few times that a loose story and time line was introduced, it was done in an entertaining fashion, and just long enough for the band to take a drink of water and wipe their brow with a towel.