The Heikoff Giant Dome Theater is temporarily closed through the end of October 2023 as we enhance our accommodations for an even more extraordinary experience at the Fleet Science Center.
Rock the Dome
San Diego, May 1, 2012 – Take a trip as we ROCK THE DOME ~ get whirled on animated flights through space and fantasy landscapes, immersed in spinning abstract art and transported through never-ending tunnels and passageways, all synched to awesome classic rock music. ROCK THE DOME is a dazzling digital concert featuring some of the greatest bands of all time. Pulsating graphics fill the screen while the Dome's state-of-the-art sound system play your favorites like you've never heard them before. Sit back and relax as you become completely immersed in a 360-degree swirl of mesmerizing retro graphics and full-dome CG in a flashback to another era – classic rock pumped through our 16,000-watt digital surround sound system in 32 million pixels on a 76-foot dome!
Each show features a selection from our library of classic rock's greatest hits. Will you hear the Beatles? Rolling Stones? Pink Floyd? Aerosmith's "Sweet Emotion" or U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name? Every performance is unique – a hand-picked playlist of hits from the late '60s through the early '90s. Other artists on the roster include Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen, The Kinks, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, AC/DC, Rush, Midnight Oil, Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Doors. The Beatles or Rolling Stones? Led Zeppelin or Metallica? U2 or Pink Floyd? It’s much more than a soundtrack, featuring interludes and vignettes of the sights and sounds that symbolized the evolution of rock history - a one-of-a-kind musical experience you won't want to miss – come see what all the excitement is about!
ROCK THE DOME at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Heikoff Dome Theater began performances in March, joining our regular roster of IMAX® films and digital shows. Tickets are $8 for members, $10 for general public. See our website for performance dates and times.
ROCK the DOME
Song Choices/Music Rights/Trivia -- info for your reference, please don’t give it all away!
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – “Karn Evil 9, 1st Impression pt. 2” (ASCAP/1973)
Tells the story of a futuristic world from which "all manner of evil and decadence had been banished.”
The Beatles – “Back in the USSR” (ASCAP/1968)
PAUL on drums, not Ringo!
Rolling Stones – “Start Me Up” (ASCAP/1981)
Motorcycle racing or sex? You decide...
The Doors – “Break On Through” (ASCAP/1967)
Censors objected to drug use implied by the line "she gets high", so the line was repeated as ”She gets...”.
Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Bad Moon Rising” (BMI/1969)
Fogerty claims the song is about "the apocalypse that was going to be visited upon us.”
Jimi Hendrix – “Purple Haze” (ASCAP/1967)
A dream Jimi had where he was walking under the sea.
Led Zeppelin – “Good Times Bad Times” (ASCAP/1969)
Guitar solo through a Leslie speaker.
Aerosmith – “Sweet Emotion” (BMI/1975)
Tension between the band and Joe Perry’s wife.
AC/DC – “Back In Black” (ASCAP/1980)
The band is mourning for the death of their singer, Bon Scott, of alcohol poisoning
Rush – “Tom Sawyer” (ASCAP/1981)
A portrait of a modern day rebel, a free-spirited individualist striding through the world
wide-eyed and purposeful.
Pink Floyd – “Another Brick in the Wall pt. 2” (BMI/1979)
A protest song against rigid schooling in general and boarding schools in particular.
Pink Floyd – “One Of These Days” (ASCAP/1971)
One of these days (I'm going to slice you up into little pieces) - A threat against a babbling DJ.
Midnight Oil – “Beds Are Burning” (BMI/1987)
A political song about giving native Australian lands back to the Pintupi, who were among the
very last people to come in from the desert.
U2 – “Where the Streets Have No Name” (ASCAP/1987)
A message of hope for a world that does not divided by class or race.
Metallica – “Enter Sandman” (ASCAP/1991)
The song is about "nightmares and all that come with them.”
Pink Floyd – “Run Like Hell” (BMI/1979)
Pink sends his followers to attack those he thinks "ought to be shot".
Van Halen – “You Really Got Me” (1984)
Kinks song covered by Van Halen
The Dome Was Built To Rock
Brand new Global Immersion digital GSX™ system
4 Sony® 4K resolution SRX-T420 cinema-grade projectors
76-foot titled dome NanoSeam™ screen
168° vertical by 360° horizontal field-of-view immersive experience
16,000-watt 6.1 digital surround sound