the temperatures soaring over a hundred degrees, it was
about to get a whole lot hotter on The Strip as we headed
out to see 'Raiding The Rock Vault'.
an all star line-up we had "Duke Fame" himself
Paul Shortino, Robin McAuley, Andrew Freeman, Mark Bouls and
Carol-Lyn Liddle handling vocals, on guitars Jason Boyleston
and Christian Brady, on bass Phil Soussan, on drums Jay
Schellen and last but by no means least, on keyboards Kevin
this all star line-up I was really hyper and really looking
forward to seeing these guys as they went through the
history of rock n' roll, performed by the musicians who
off the show we had Freeman deliver The Who’s 'My
Generation', a fitting introduction as for many of the
audience here tonight, this was indeed their generation of
rock n' roll. This great rock nostalgia trip continued
with The Doors classic 'Light My Fire', which was the first
vocal from Shortino and he did this one proud, as his
trademark raspy vocals lit up the venue.
it was time for a little Hendrix as Dokken’s Mark Boals
thundered through ‘All Along The Watchtower’, as the
band played, the larger screens behind them gave us a little
history of the song and/or the bands featured in the songs.
was time for another British invasion band, this time the
Rolling Stones 'Honky Tonk Woman' got the Shortino
treatment, again with the great man himself more than
delivering the musical goods.
was time for the intermission narrative of the show, as the
roadie told of tales of rock n' roll out on the road before
it was back to the rock as we got our first taste of Robin
McAuley, who delivered on Free’s 'All Right Now’, before
launching into Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway To Heaven’.
classic rock continued, this time with Mark Boals bringing a
little Deep Purple into the mix, with what else but ‘Smoke
on the Water’, before the rest of the vocalist took flight
with the Eagles 'Hotel California'. By this time the
audience was dancing in the aisles as the classic rock took
them on a journey to by-gone days when rock was dominated by
super-groups and not today’s fly-by-nights.
returned to the stage to give us a great version of Queens
‘We Are The Champions’, complete with Freddie styled
short mike stand.
and Shortino's rocking duet of Pink Floyd’s 'Another Brick
in the Wall’ lead us up to our first taste of Liddle’s
phenomenal vocals as she hit the spot big time with her
version of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams’. How have we
not heard of this woman and her amazing voice before
One of my favourite vocals of the night had to be
Shortino’s on a stunning version of Aerosmiths ‘Dream
On’, with McAuley also on stunning form with his rendition
of Supertramp’s 'Breakfast in America'. Tonight the
band were rocking on all six cylinders for sure.
Americana rock continued with Shortino and Boals duetting on
Kansas’s ‘Wayward Son’, before Shortino brought Bon
Jovi’s ‘You Give Love a Bad Name’ to the masses.
Liddle rocked the house on Pat Benatar’s
‘Heartbreaker’, as did McAuley as he brought the ‘Eye
of the Tiger’, before duetting with Freeman donning the
Union Jack for Def Leppard’s ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me.
modern classics continued with Robert Palmers ‘Addicted to
Love’ by Shortino, complete with sexy backing guitarists
like on the video, before Liddle continued the feelgood
atmosphere as she showed her melodic side with a fantastic
version of Heart's ‘Alone’.
the set running into 120 minute territory the hot rocking
continued with McAuley bring a little U2 to the mix with
‘Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’.
Believe me, this is exactly what rock fans have been looking
for on The Strip. With Doug Aldrich not being a part
of the show tonight it was up to Brady to bring the Les Paul
heat on Whitesnake’s ‘Here I Go Again’, on which he
did an amazing job, featuring another superb vocal by
the show almost at its climax it was time to turn it up a
notch with the trio of Shortino, McAuley and Freeman rocking
out on Foreigner’s 'Juke Box Hero', a song that really got
the crowd jumping, before it was 'DC time as McAuley took us
down the 'Highway the Hell'. It was left up to Freeman
to close the show with Van Halen’s 'Jump', with a guest
appearance of his son Jacob on guitars.
rounded off a great night of feel-good rock that I won't
forget in a hurry and an experience I wouldn’t hesitate to
see again, the next time I’m in Vegas. If you're a
rocker like myself and are looking for the best night out on
The Strip, then never mind your Ceilon’s, your Elton's and
your Donny and Marie’s, get yourself down to the Tropicana
and catch this show. Who knows you too might get to
meet the cast as we did, as they all came out after the show
and signed merchandise and had their photo’s taken with
the fans. A friendlier bunch of folks you couldn't
wish to meet.
by: Barry McMinn