Written by Stephanie Helms
Photography by Erik Nielsen/ Raiding the Rock Vault
For those who miss the live music scene in Las Vegas, there is great news. “Raiding the Rock Vault” is back and opens at Vinyl inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on March 11. Prepare for a live lesson in music history delivered through an ultimate rock concert experience as the ensemble cast takes you through the biggest rock hits of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.
With soaring vocals, shredding guitar licks and hot dancers, this is not to be confused with a cover show. These are real rock songs played by the real rock stars that made them famous.
The 90-minute show encompasses a diverse set list featuring classic anthems by the biggest acts in rock music including The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Queen, U2, Aerosmith, Van Halen, AC/DC, Heart, Journey, Bon Jovi and Whitesnake.
Incorporating elements of blues, rock, and psychedelia, “Raiding the Rock Vault” is like a rock and roll time machine transporting the audience back in time to relive its best music memories. From guitar shredders to powerful ballads, the talented cast performs a parade of favorite tracks, each one more outstanding than the last.
“The Hard Rock is such an organic fit for our show culturally. Of course it’s known as the epicenter of classic rock memorabilia and our show is like live memorabilia,” explained lead vocalist Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot). Known for his animated performance and soulful vocals, when asked to name his favorite songs to perform, Shortino mentioned, “Dream On,” “Light My Fire” and “Honky Tonk Woman.”
“Hosting a full-scale production in an intimate venue like Vinyl gives fans an up close and personal experience that can’t be delivered elsewhere,” said Chas Smith, vice president of entertainment at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Shortino described the cast as a close-knit family where egos are checked at the door for the betterment of the show. In addition to rocking out, cast members are also giving back to the Las Vegas community by supporting local charitable events and organizations from animal rescue to missing children to homeless Veterans.
The show’s rotating all-star lineup includes guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Howard Leese (Heart), lead vocalist Robin McAuley (MSG, Survivor), guitarist Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), drummer Jay Schellen (Asia, Badfinger), lead vocalist and guitarist Andrew Freeman (Offspring, Last in Line), keyboardist Michael T. Ross (Lita Ford), bassist Hugh McDonald (Bon Jovi), guitarist Tracii Guns (Guns N’ Roses, L.A. Guns), lead vocalist Mark Boals (Dokken, Yngwie Malmsteen), bassist Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol), drummer Blas Elias (Slaughter), guitarist Rowan Robertson (Dio, Lynch Mob), lead vocalist Cian Coey (Meat Loaf), lead vocalist Lily Arce (O, Fantasy), guitarist Christian Brady (Hellyeah) and guitarist Z Maddox (Rock of Ages).
Fans will leave this show energized, excited and with a renewed love of their favorite classic rock bands and songs. Get a degree in rock history beginning March 11 at Vinyl inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. “Raiding the Rock Vault” performs at 8:30 p.m. Saturday to Wednesday.
Tickets start at $69 and a Rock Star Package upgrade is available for $100 that includes a show program and meet and greet photo opportunity with the stars prior to the concert. Tickets are available at the Hard Rock Hotel box office, by calling 888.9.AXS.TIX or online at axs.com. For more information, visit raidingtherockvault.com.