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So... what, I stand here, hold the two ends in my hands, and tap them together like cymbals?Dean Domino

Strike Up the Band is a main quest in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Dead Money.

The objective of this quest is to get Dean to his position in Puesta del Sol south, where he will hold two broken wires together to complete the circuit and ensure the sound system works for the Gala Event.

Quick walkthrough[]

Quest: Strike Up the Band 
Get Dean Domino to the Puesta del Sol south rooftop. 
Find a way to get him to stay and connect the wires. 
Next Quest: Trigger the Gala Event 

Detailed walkthrough[]

Dean must be brought to the rooftop in the far southeast corner of Puesta del Sol south. The closest entrance to this area is right across from the entrance to Puesta del Sol north from the Villa, being mindful of the Ghost people found in the large entryway courtyard. One can then run straight southeast towards the building with the rooftop, which has an entrance on the ground floor; however, the way there is covered by the Cloud, although Dean's companion perk Unclean Living will make it easier to brute-force cross the Cloud. If one wishes to avoid the Cloud, the ruined cafe can be entered from the courtyard to the west (also populated with Ghost people), which provides access to the second-floor rooftops, which can then be used to pass over the Cloud patch and reach the roof.

Once on the roof, Dean will initiate conversation, expressing reluctance to complete his role since it will bring the Ghost people out of hiding. Two options are then available:

  • Threaten him into staying by threatening to break his legs. This will make Dean readily agree to stay, but will make him hate the player, making it impossible to keep him alive in Curtain Call at the Tampico.
  • Offer to make it safe for him by killing all the Ghost people in the area. This is not enough for Dean, but it will lead to the option below (a Science 60 check can be used, but leads to the same outcome as regular dialogue even if failed): if the Courier opts to convince Dean to stay by making it safer for him, they will have to activate two holograms.
    • The terminal to activate the first hologram can be found nearby from Dean's gala position, through a door on the rooftop level, opposite the one that was entered and down one level.
    • The second hologram is across from the first a little further away from Dean, on the second floor through a hole in the wall. Access to this terminal is through the ruined cafe. Inside the ruined cafe, take the stairs up. There are two doors to Puesta del Sol on the second floor; take the eastern one. From the balcony, walk to the left where there is a break in the balcony. Walk through into the hole in the wall and the terminal is directly in front of the player character. The code for the auto. rifle upgr. internals can be found by the sparking cables where Dean is left.

After the holograms are activated, Dean will still express unease, suspecting the holograms might fail (whether intentionally turned off by the Courier, or otherwise). The Courier must then convince Dean to stay using skill/perk checks or one of two standard dialogue options, depending on whether Dean trusts the Courier or not. One of these two standard dialogue options will always work.

  • Black Widow, Barter 25, Repair 35, or Speech 80 checks can be used to immediately convince Dean to stay.
  • The Courier can try to threaten Dean by saying "If you don't do this, I'll go shut off the Holograms now." If Dean likes the Courier, he will call their bluff, saying they wouldn't threaten him; if Dean dislikes the Courier, he will acquiesce.
  • The Courier can try to assuage Dean by saying "You must know me enough by now to know I'm not going to put you in danger." If Dean likes the Courier, this will satisfy him, but he will otherwise not be convinced since they were forceful in the past.

Quest stages[]

10 Get Dean to the Puesta del Sol south rooftop.
20 Tell Dean to stay in position and fire off his part of the Gala Event.
30 Turn on both Security Holograms to guard the courtyard below Dean.
40 Let Dean know it's safe for him to get to his Gala position.
50Quest finishedReturn to the Puesta del Sol South rooftop with Dean.


  • If the Sierra Madre Martini perk has not been gained yet, it is best to do it before completing this quest, otherwise one will not be able to get it without the use of console commands.
  • On the second floor inside the ruined store (follow the balcony around across from the second security terminal) is a queen-sized bed with a blue cover that can be slept in to regenerate health. If one sleeps there when playing in Hardcore mode it will activate the sleep requirement count.
  • The ruined store can be used as a substantial shortcut to the objective. The Courier can access the store from Puesta del Sol North by getting to the rooftops, then heading back towards the entrance to the Villa, where a tree with an opening in the wall behind it can be seen. The Courier can walk across the top of an archway over the road and jump into the tree, and from there to the opening, where one will find the doorway to the store. The store connects to Puesta del Sol South right next to the objective.
  • Telling Dean that the player will not let him be harmed results in good Karma.


Main quests
Act 1Ain't That a Kick in the Head · Back in the Saddle · By a Campfire on the Trail · They Went That-a-Way · Ring-a-Ding-Ding!
Act 2Wild Card (Wild Card: Ace in the Hole, Change in Management, You and What Army?, Side Bets, Finishing Touches) · The House Always Wins (I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII) · Render Unto Caesar · Et Tumor, Brute? · Things That Go Boom · Kings' Gambit · For the Republic, Part 2 · You'll Know It When It Happens/Arizona Killer
Act 3No Gods, No Masters · All or Nothing · Veni, Vidi, Vici · Eureka!
Side quests
New California RepublicAnywhere I Wander · Back in Your Own Backyard · Bitter Springs Infirmary Blues · Boulder City Showdown · Can You Find it in Your Heart? · Climb Ev'ry Mountain · Don't Tread on the Bear! · Emergency Radio · Eye for an Eye · Flags of Our Foul-Ups · Hard Luck Blues · I Don't Hurt Anymore · I Put a Spell on You · Keep Your Eyes on the Prize · Medical Mystery · No, Not Much · Pressing Matters · Restoring Hope · Return to Sender · That Lucky Old Sun · The White Wash · There Stands the Grass · Three-Card Bounty · We Will All Go Together · You Can Depend on Me
Caesar's LegionBeware the Wrath of Caesar! · Caesar's Favor · Caesar's Foe · Caesar's Hire · Cold, Cold Heart · I Hear You Knocking · The Finger of Suspicion · We Are Legion
The StripBeyond the Beef · Bye Bye Love · Classic Inspiration · How Little We Know · Pheeble Will · Talent Pool · The House Has Gone Bust! · The Moon Comes Over the Tower
Freeside & Outer VegasBirds of a Feather · Bleed Me Dry · Debt Collector · G.I. Blues · High Times · Someone to Watch Over Me · The Coyotes · Wang Dang Atomic Tango
BoomersAnt Misbehavin' · Sunshine Boogie · Volare! · Young Hearts
Great KhansAba Daba Honeymoon · Cry Me a River · Don't Make a Beggar of Me · Oh My Papa
Powder GangBooted · I Fought the Law · Run Goodsprings Run · Why Can't We Be Friends?
Brotherhood of SteelEyesight to the Blind · Still in the Dark · Tend to Your Business
OtherCome Fly With Me · Crazy, Crazy, Crazy · Ghost Town Gunfight · Guess Who I Saw Today · Left My Heart · My Kind of Town · The Legend of the Star and A Valuable Lesson · Unfriendly Persuasion · Wheel of Fortune
Companion questsED-E My Love · For Auld Lang Syne · Heartache by the Number · I Could Make You Care · I Forgot to Remember to Forget · Nothin' But a Hound Dog · One for My Baby
Unmarked questsA Bit of Slap and Tickle · A Final Plan for Esteban · Access Powers · All Fired Up! · An Ear to the Ground · Andy and Charlie · Arachnophobia · Arizona Scavenger · Barton the Fink · Bear Necessities · Big Winner (Atomic Wrangler, The Gomorrah, The Tops, Ultra-Luxe, Vikki & Vance) · Bounty Killer (I, II) · Brotherhood Bond (I, II) · Caching in at the Cove · Cajoling a Cudgel · Claws Mended · Claws Out · Dealing with Contreras · Defacing the Humble Stone · Democracy Inaction · Don't Poke at the Bear! · Eddie's Emissary · Exhumin' Nature · Fight Night · Flogging a Dead Corpse · Friend of the Followers · Gland for Some Home Cooking · Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger · Hat's Entertainment · Help for Halford · Hidden Valley computer virus · Highway to the Danger Zone (I, II) · Honorary Rocketeer · I Love Bananas · Iron and Stealing · Keith's Caravan Charade · Laurifer Gladiator · Lenk's Bad Debts · Lily and Leo · Long-Term Care · Malleable Mini Boomer Minds · Maud's Muggers · Meeting an Equal · Missing a Few Missiles · Most Wanted · Not Worth a Hill of Corn and Beans · Old School Ghoul · A Pair of Dead Desperados (I, II) · Papers, Please · Pistol Packing · Playing on the Old Joana · Powder to the People · Power to the People · Razzle Dazzle! · Reach for the Sky, Mister! · Rest and Resupply · Ringo's Caravan Rules · Rotface's Loose Lips · Saving (or Savaging) Sergeant Teddy · The Screams of Brahmin · Silus Treatment · Short-Term Treatment · Smooth-Talking Criminal · The Star Showdown · Strategic Nuclear Moose · Straus Calls · Strip Search · Suits You, Sarah · Tags of Our Fallen · A Team of Moronic Mercenaries · Thought for the Day · Tourist Traipse · Trudy's Radio Repair · A Trusted Aide · Useless Baubles or Fancy Trinkets? · We Must Stop Beating Like This · We Must Stop Meeting Like This · Wind-Brahmin Wrangler · You Gotta Break Out a Few Eggs · You Make Me Feel Like a Woman
Add-on quests
Dead MoneySierra Madre Grand Opening! · Find Collars (8: "Dog", 12: Christine, 14: Dean Domino) · Fires in the Sky · Strike Up the Band · Mixed Signals · Trigger the Gala Event · Put the Beast Down · Last Luxuries · Curtain Call at the Tampico · Heist of the Centuries · Big Winner, Sierra Madre · Return to the FountainCut content
Honest HeartsA Family Affair · Arrival at Zion · Bighorners of the Eastern Virgin · Chaos in Zion · Civilized Man's Burden · Crush the White Legs · Deliverer of Sorrows  · Departing Paradise · Flight from Zion · Gathering Storms · Gone Fishin' · Happy Trails Expedition · Prisoners of War · Retake the Bridge · River Monsters · Rite of Passage · Roadside Attraction · Sanctity of the Dead · The Advance Scouts  · The Treacherous Road · The Grand Staircase · Tourist Trap
Old World BluesAll My Friends Have Off Switches · A Brain's Best Friend · Coming Out of Her Shell · Field Research · He Came... And Went · Influencing People · Midnight Science Fiction Feature! · Old World Blues · On the Same Wavelength · Picking Your Brains · Project X-13 · Sonic Emitter Upgrade · Welcome to the Big Empty · What's in a Name? · When Visitors Attack! · X-2: Strange Transmissions! · X-8 Data Retrieval Test · X-8: High School Horror! · X-13: Attack of the Infiltrator!
Lonesome RoadThe Reunion · The Silo · The Job · The Launch · The Tunnelers · The Divide · The Courier · The End · The Apocalypse