Hard Rock Cafe Dallas Memorabilia
Heartbreaker bassist Ron Blair has had one of the most unique journeys through the world of rock we’ve ever encountered. He was the original bass player for Tom and the boys and appeared on every album and tour through Hard Promises in ’82. Then he quit the group and was replaced by Howie Epstein. Flash forward 21 years – Howie has passed away and Ron rejoins the Heartbreakers after a hiatus of over two decades. That’s what we call a long, strange trip. Ron’s still gracing stages around the world with Mr. Petty and playing some extremely cool instruments – like this old Framus bass. He used it at Red Rocks theater in ’05.
Ever notice how REO Speedwagon singer Kevin Cronin puts a superfluous vowel sound at the end of each line he sings? It’s almost like he’s speaking French. Go listen to “Keep On Loving You” (or pretty much any REO song) and you’ll see what we mean. "Heard it from a friend who-uh, heard it from a friend who-uh...” – it’s uncanny. This bizarre vocal tick has become a style for Kevin and we salute him for it. We’re not so sure if we can salute him for wearing these velvet pants on stage in ’02, though.
Founding Dixie Chick Laura Lynch has become a sort of honky-tonk Pete Best. Though she was the group’s lead singer and bass player for years, she never got to enjoy any of the success the group achieved after kicking her out and replacing her with Natalie Manes. Don’t feel too bad for Laura, though. Her husband won the Texas lottery in ’95. That gave Laura about 29 million reasons to get over her brush with fame and fortune. She wore these boots in her days as a Dixie Chick.
Handwritten Letter to a Fan
Throughout the Beatles’ heyday, George was always a prolific letter writer. A fan who wrote directly to him was likely to get a personal response – like this handwritten reply to a fan named Christine. George even took the time to send her a full set of Fab Four autographs. What a guy.
Let’s make one thing crystal-clear: country music rules. We’re not talking about that slick redneck pop that comes out Nashville, we’re talking about the real thing. Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline – you get the picture. Our favorite, though, is undoubtedly Buck Owens. Much more than the charismatic host of Hee Haw, Buck pioneered a tough brand of country music that came straight out of Bakersfield, California and conquered the world. With Telecasters, Nudie suits and a heaping helping of ass-kicking abilities, Buck put Bakersfield at the forefront of the American music scene. His trademark red, white and blue acoustics are mega-iconic, and he was known to hand a few out to his friends. He gave this one to his buddy Nate in ’88.
The Smithereens were a welcome diversion in the ’80s. There’s only so much cheesy synth-pop you can take, so a Jersey quartet that cranked up the amps and played some real rock ’n’ roll was like manna from Heaven. Main man Pat DiNizio rocked this red Rickenbacker 620 live and in the studio with the group, and it sounds amazing. The Smithereens were one of the very few bands that played Rickenbacker guitars cranked up through Marshall amps. It’s kind of a “heavy metal Beatles” sound.
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Maori Fish Hook Necklace
Stevie Ray Vaughan’s absolute mastery of blues guitar still elicits chills and jaw-dropped awe over a decade after his untimely death. To say that Stevie Ray is sorely missed is the definition of understatement. This Maori fish hook necklace is one of our most prized items of memorabilia. Stevie wore it often and was pictured on the cover of Guitar World magazine in ’88 wearing it proudly and looking damn good. Appropriately, the magazine’s headline read, “Blues Power!”