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Bankers or Headbangers?

Who says bankers are stodgy? Goldman Sachs, owner of the LVH resort in Las Vegas, has made a big investment in a retro-rock musical to keep it onstage at the Vegas resort.

Goldman Sachs threw a financial lifeline to the stage show “Raiding the Rock Vault” after a group of its execs took in the show at LVH, the bank-owned resort in Las Vegas. The musical retrospective features frontman John Payne, formerly of the rock group Asia; guitarists Doug Aldrich of Whitesnake and Howard Leese of Heart; vocalists Robin McAuley of Survivor and Paul Shortino of Quiet Riot; drummer Jay Schellen of Badfinger; and keyboardist Michael T. Ross of the Lita Ford Band.

“The stars aligned, we had a full house, and it was the most nervous I’ve been onstage,” Payne told the Las Vegas Sun. “If Goldman Sachs had said no to us after that show, it would have been six months before we could have started it up again. It was very crucial that they saw the kind of local support we have, and they did not want to lose the show to another hotel.

“This gives us a great place to perform, and it helps increase the hotel’s profile,” said Payne.

The show, which first landed at LVH Theater last year, just signed a long-term contract with the former Las Vegas Hilton.

Guest vocalists for “Rock Vault” have included Mickey Thomas of Starship; Lou Gramm of Foreigner; Jon Anderson of Yes; and Bobby Kimball of Toto. It will return January 24 and run through 2014.