Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage Memorabilia
The late, great Leon Wilkeson of Lynyrd Skynyrd wore this vest on stage during the band’s 1977 ‘Street Survivors’ tour. This was the final tour of the group’s original lineup. Just five shows into the tour, the band’s private plane crashed into a Mississippi swamp – killing frontman Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, vocalist Cassie Gaines and three crewmembers. It remains one of the most tragic incidents in rock history.
When legendary New York nightclub CBGB closed in 2006, a very good thing came to a sad end. Much more than just the wonderfully sleazy and decadent Bowery bar that served as punk rock's incubator in the ’70s, CBGB was quite possibly the last great rock ’n’ roll watering hole. As the world's foremost collectors of music memorabilia, we knew we had to get a piece of “CBs.” In fact, we were the first ones to do so after it closed. On display is one of the interior walls from CBGB – complete with stickers, graffiti and the vibrations of thousands of sweaty rock shows. The old cliché “if walls could talk” has never been more apropos.
PORTUGAL. THE MAN
This mask was worn by former Portugal. The Man keyboardist Ryan Neighbors in the over photo for their ‘Censored Colors’ album. The homemade costume was worn by bassist Zach Carothers I the video for “Do You”. Hailing from Wasilla, Alaska, Portugal. The Man is at the vanguard of the 21st century alternative rock scene and has released some of the most interesting and provocative albums of the last decade.
There have been many great southern rock bands over the years, but one group stands alone as the undisputed masters of the genre – Lynyrd Skynyrd. This vintage Gibson Thunderbird was bassist Leon Wilkeson’s favorite instrument throughout his years with the band. The bent metal piece was fabricated and attached to the bass in order to accommodate Leon’s injured arm after the tragic 1977 plane crash that took the lives of frontman Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and four other members of the Skynyrd organization.