Hard Rock Cafe Berlin

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Kurfürstendamm 224, 10719 Berlin, Germany
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Hours of Operation

Restaurant Hours:

Sun - Thu 11:30AM - 11:30PM
Fri & Sat 11:30AM - 12:30AM

Bar Hours:

Sun - Thu 10:00AM - 01:00AM
Fri & Sat 10:00AM - 02:00AM

ROCK SHOP® HOURS:

Daily 10:00AM - 12:00AM

Hard Rock Cafe Berlin Memorabilia

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Annie Lennox

Bra

Like David Bowie, Annie Lennox is one of rock’s true chameleons. She broke out with an arresting, androgynous look when Eurythmics took the pop world by storm in ’83 with “Sweet Dreams” (remember how shocking Annie’s close-cropped orange hair seemed back then?) and recalibrated her image with every subsequent release. By the mid ’80s, when she hit the stage in this red brassiere, there was nothing androgynous about Ms. Lennox – she was a dead-sexy, massively empowered soul-singing powerhouse.

will.i.am

Stage Outfit

Black Eyed Peas main man, will.i.am., wore this tasty little Louis Vuitton jacket/shirt combo in Tokyo during Hard Rock’s Ambassadors of Rock concert series in 2009.

Elvis Presley

Handwritten Letter

This is one of our better pieces of Elvis memorabilia. In 1959, the King was in the army and serving in Germany. He was receiving hundreds of pieces of mail from his fans back home who were beside themselves at the loss of their idol. Since it would have been impossible for Elvis to pen a personal response to each fan, he wrote a form letter that would be sent to those who wrote. This is the original hand written draft of that letter. It must have been difficult for Elvis to craft a letter that would seem personal, yet be generic enough to cover most fan questions. Check out where Elvis writes about the marriage rumors that were surrounding him at the time. He denies them outright, but it was while serving in Germany that he began seeing a (very) young Priscilla Beaulieu. They wed in 1967.

Dave Stewart

Ukelin

This crazy-looking thing is known as a "ukelin". It belonged to writer/producer/multi-instrumentalist/50% of Eurythmics Dave Stewart. A ukelin is a sort of cross between a ukulele, a zither, a violin, a dulcimer, and a fever dream. These were sold door-to-door from about the 1920s through the 1950s and are surprisingly common for such an oddball instrument. Check your attic – your grandparents may have stashed one up there decades ago. It’s played with a bow, like a violin, but the chords are fingered like a ukulele.

Jamie Stewart

1969 Gibson EB3L Bass

This old road dog is a ’69 Gibson EB3L bass that was owned by Jamie Stewart – bassist for the Cult. These old EB3Ls are interesting, if sometimes problematic, basses. Unlike most “SG shaped” Gibson basses, this one is long-scale. It’s a tubby-sounding beast.

Matt Sorum

Yamaha Snare Drum

Matt Sorum beat this Yamaha snare into submission on Guns N' Roses' infamous Use Your Illusion tour in the early ’90s.

Jimi Hendrix

Scarf

Jimi Hendrix owned many, many scarves and other essential hippie accouterments. This is from his late ’60s accessories arsenal.

John Entwistle

Self Portrait

In addition to being the greatest rock bassist who ever plugged in and turned it up to eleven, John Entwistle was an extremely talented artist. This is a self-portrait he did in the ’90s.

Peter Albin and Janis Joplin

Performance Contract

Here’s a contract for Big Brother’s 1968 performance at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia. It was signed by guitarist Peter Albin. Check out the 2nd page – it specifies a sound system of “not less than 225 watts”. That’s really not much juice. For some perspective, the typical rock nightclub these days is running at least 3000 watts. Maybe Janis’ voice was so powerful she just didn’t need much sound reinforcement.

Keith Moon

Outfit

We’ve got a pretty impressive collection of Keith Moon clothing and almost every piece is cooler and more over-the-top than the last. This denim stunner is from Keith’s early ’70s wardrobe and features custom leather appointments and some critter tails added for extra craziness.

Nina Hagen

Furry Jacket

East German chanteuse Nina Hagen is one of those artists that absolutely defies easy categorization. She’s like an opera singer/punk rocker/performance artist/goth icon, but even all those descriptives fail to convey her wide-ranging talent and overall weirdness. A much more simple and accurate description of Nina is that she’s a true original. If you’re not familiar with her, seek out her 1982 album Nunsexmonkrock and prepare to have your mind blown. Nina rocked this faux-fur jacket both on and off stage.

Elvis Presley

Fancy Belt

This completely over-the-top leather, silver, and turquoise belt was made for Elvis by Mike McGregor and the King wore it onstage often in the early ’70s. As cool as this belt is, it sort of represents everything that went wrong with Elvis’ career and foreshadows the cartoonishness of his later years.

Matthias Jabs

1979 Fender Stratocaster

Germany’s legendary power rock juggernaut, Scorpions, are kind of like a Teutonic version of the Yardbirds – both bands have had three absolutely amazing lead guitarists pass through the group. The Yardbirds may have had Clapton, Beck, and Page, but Scorpions had Michael Schenker, Uli John Roth, and Matthias Jabs. That’s an embarrassment of metal riches. Jabs has been the longest-serving Scorpions axeman and he may very well be the best of the bunch. This ’79 Strat hardtail is from Matthias’ arsenal and he used it on the 2004 album Unbreakable.

Eric Clapton

1986 Guild F-46 Acoustic

In the ’80s, Slowhand used and endorsed Guild acoustics (these days he mostly uses Martins). This gorgeous F-46 model was part of his arsenal for many years and he appeared in a print ad with it.

Neil Young

Takamine 12-string Acoustic

Neil used this lovely Takamine 12-string during an early ’80s tour of Europe. This is a wonderful sounding instrument that represents the pinnacle of Japanese acoustic guitar design.

Keith Richards

Snakeskin Scarf

When you’re Keith Richards, you get to wear cool-as-hell scarves like this snakeskin number. Keith rocked it in the ’70s.

Mike Dirnt

Fender Precision Bass

Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt brutalized this P-bass and then donated to the Hard Rock in Tokyo.

Mike Dirnt

Fender Precision Bass

Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt brutalized this P-bass and then donated to the Hard Rock in Tokyo.

Tony Iommi

Patchwork Jacket

This jacket saw the birth of heavy metal up-close. Black Sabbath’s genius guitarist, Tony Iommi, bought it in ’69 and wore it on Sabbath’s very first tours. All the patches and stickers were added by Tony along the way. It’s like a travelogue of heaviness and one of the coolest things in our collection.

U2

Trabant Car

This bizarre little East German Trabant automobile was one of many that hung around the gigantic stage set during U2’s 1993 Zoo TV tour. U2 took the stage prop thing a few levels too far in 1997, though. On the Popmart tour, they got stuck inside a giant lemon in front of tens of thousands of fans in what was certainly the ultimate Spinal Tap moment in rock history.

Jimi Hendrix

Amber and Gold Pin

Jimi wore this star pin during his days with the Experience.

Mark Morton

Jackson Dominion Guitar

If you’re going to tune your guitar down to subsonic depths and please Satan with your metal riffs, you’ve got to have the right tool for the job – like this Jackson Dominion. This is only the second Dominion ever produced and was used by Mark Morton on Lamb of God’s 2006 tour with Megadeth.

John Lennon

Lennon’s Shea Jacket

This military-style jacket is, quite possibly, the single most important piece of Beatles wardrobe in our collection. John Lennon wore it at the legendary, record-breaking 1965 show at Shea stadium. This was the first time a large-scale outdoor rock show really worked and it was a direct precursor to the Monterey Pop Festival and Woodstock. Bizarrely, the fans were all kept in the stadium’s grandstands while the band was set up in the middle of the field – quite a distance away. With over 55,000 screaming Beatlemaniacs and the limited capabilities of mid-sixties sound systems, the Shea gig was virtually inaudible over the crowd. Concerts like this were one of the reasons the Beatles gave up touring, focused on studio work and produced ambitious masterpieces like Sgt. Pepper. This jacket was a witness to pop culture history on the back of John Lennon.

Elvis Presley

Prescription Bottle

In the wake of the King’s sordid demise, no one was more vilified than Dr. George Nichopolous. Forever known as “Dr. Nick”, Nichopolous was Elvis’ personal physician and prescription writer. And Dr. Nick wrote a lot of ’scripts. Uppers, downers, laxatives, pain pills, tranquilizers – Elvis had a huge appetite for drugs. He was prescribed over 10,000 pills in 1977 alone. As it tends to do, drug abuse caught up with the King and took his life. This bottle is from Elvis’ stash, but it’s not very sinister. It’s a multi-vitamin pill.

John Entwistle

Alembic Series II “Exploiter” Bass

This was the Ox's main axe from the day he received it in 1976 until it failed him onstage at Live Aid in 1985. With its gold spider web inlays, LED position markers, and gorgeous styling, this bass has become legendary among gear freaks. Alembic and John nicknamed it the “Exploiter” due to it’s obvious similarity to a Gibson Explorer. John had a couple more of these basses in his collection – one with a “split V” headstock (which we also have on display) and a monstrous 8-string version.

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