Hard Rock Cafe Kraków Memorabilia
Ovation Balladeer Acoustic Guitar
A lot of groups in the history of rock have overcome adversity and bad luck. Then there’s Sheffield, England’s pop-metal legends Def Leppard. In their thirty-plus year career, they’ve endured addiction, death, and their drummer, Rick Allen, lost an arm in a car crash. The man has one arm and he’s the drummer for one of the biggest rock bands in history! Wow. Through it all, the boys have managed to score dozens of chart-topping singles and sell nearly 75 million albums. Talent and perseverance pay dividends in the world of rock ’n’ roll. This Ovation acoustic was played and signed by the boys during their 7 Day Weekend tour in the early ’90s.
Groovy “Butterfly” Shirt
Brian May is not only the most distinctive-sounding guitarist in the history of popular music, he’s also a bona-fide astrophysicist. It’s true – Brian has a doctorate in astrophysics. His thesis was entitled, A Survey of Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud. He also has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and in 2008, an asteroid was named after him. These are all amazing achievements, but they pale in comparison to his sartorial triumphs. On stage with Queen, Brian has stepped out in some of the most head-scratchingly bizarre outfits in rock – including this whimsical “Butterfly shirt”. Dr. May rocked it in the early ’70s.
These killer cowboy boots were a gift from Keith Moon to the Who’s light tech/production manager, John “Wiggy” Wolff. Apparently, Keith found them too narrow in the foot, so he gave them over to John, who also found them too confining. John Wolffe is a bit of a legend in his own right. He was instrumental in developing the Who’s mid-seventies laser show – the first large-scale use of lasers in rock.
Quick – think of a ’70s singer-songwriter. You’re thinking of James Taylor, aren’t you? Of course you are. James is the quintessential troubadour of the “me” decade. Fortunately for music fans, he’s still going strong well into the 21st century. He sported this hat onstage at the 2009 Musicians on Call charity concert at the Hard Rock in New York.
1960 Supro Val Trol
This unusual Supro Val Trol guitar belonged to Cult bassist Jamie Smith. These old Supros are really unique axes – especially for their time. In addition to the two main pickups, this guitar’s rosewood bridge is also a pickup. Unfortunately, the six volume/tone controls that set this design apart are all broken off. You can see the remnants of these controls next to the pickups and bridge.