Raiding the Rock Vault is a two hour musical journey from an unrepeatable era of rock & roll featuring the biggest selling classic rock songs, beginning with the Who (1965) and Jimi Hendrix (1968) to Def Leppard and Van Halen (late 80’s). The rock & roll years are depicted through period costumes and elaborate staging (designed by Mr. Paul Dexter) and demonstrates the evolution of lighting, effective use of video screens, lasers and cryogenic effects, all revealed through time in the songs as productions grew larger.
Rare photographs and film was researched by Dexter and licensed for use by Getty Images, famous rock photographers Bob Gruen, Baron Wolman, Neil Zlowzower, Ross Halfin and are featured with historical facts about each song on two 13’6” x 9’ LED screens, framed by the stage set. Each song was specifically edited with graphics and titles to compliment the songs and convey the pervading message that rock artists’ music and ethos will continue to live the hearts and minds of the rock generation and, capture that memorable time for future generations.
Highly conscious of not creating a “copy” band, the cast are musicians from classic rock bands that toured in their own right and lived through this historical time on the road; Heart (2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame), Whitesnake, Bon Jovi, Asia, Quiet Riot and more. The show’s narrator, fictional character Johnny Taylor, is based on Mr. Dexter’s touring experiences, elaborating on “road tales” in the form of 4 timely acted skits, 4 short movies and threads the storyline from the perspective of a “roadie” in the 70’s and 80’s.
The Rock Vault conception is by Simon Napier-Bell, notably the manager for the “Yardbirds”, whose members later formed “Led Zeppelin”. He contacted music producer Sir Harry Cowell, and with his financial and musicians’ network brought the concept to reality. Both men are UK based and finding production in America led to the introduction between Mr. Dexter and Sir Harry Cowell. Dexter designed staging, lighting, lasers, cryogenics and produced video for the opening show at the Mayan Theater in Los Angeles in October 2012. By December 2012 an agreement was signed to bring Rock Vault to the LVH in Las Vegas - the same showroom built for Elvis Presley. It stayed there until October 2014. Raiding the Rock Vault moved in November 2014 to the Tropicana Hotel, where it currently resides.
The most challenging part about Rock Vault, as most shows are, is the consequence of time and money. The production needed a re-design and the subsequent processes ensued for different two venues (the LVH and the Tropicana). All production changed, including re-programming 630 cues on a MAXYZZ console first and re-programming on grand MA console second. Mr. Dexter used his network, resources and years of combined production design experience to bring a cohesive organizational plan for vendors, free-lance staff and union labor to deliver a quality production, on time and within budget.
Lighting, StageSet, Production
Lighting Script, Direction
Video Director, Research
Laser, Special Effects Mr. Paul Dexter
Video Editor/Creative Consultant Haydon Lane
Scenic Art Grosh, Sin City Scenic
Set Construction Gallagher Staging
Programmer Benny Kirkham
Lighting Director Robert Pick
Lasers Kelly Sticksel, Pyrotechnico
Vari*Lites 26 VL2500Profile,
Elation 16 Platinum5R,
10 Platinum 5RSpotPro,
Martin 4 MAC Viper,
4 Atomic Strobes
Blizzard 24 LEDToughPAR Quadra
Kino Flo 2 8' Super Blue
22 Source4 Lekos
96 XvisionTouring6.4mm VideoTiles
2 GreenHippo Rackoon MediaServer Toucan Lighting Productions
2 RTI-14W NanoLasers Pyrotechnico
2 GlaciatorXStream LowFog
2 Viper foggers
5 X-StaticTornadoCustomAir w/CK,LED