Hard Rock Cafe Marbella Memorabilia
In addition to being the best rock bass player who ever lived, John Entwistle was an accomplished artist. He drew this stylized spider (a recurring motif in John’s art) on letterhead for ML Executives – a London-based sound company. Townshend and Daltrey were gracious enough to sign the piece as well.
Drumhead from the Perfect Strangers
This drumhead is from Deep Purple’s mid-eighties tour in support of their massively successful comeback album, Perfect Strangers. This album saw Purple back in action with the “Mark II” group – Richie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, and Ian Gillan. This is almost universally regarded as the quintessential Deep Purple lineup and was responsible for such ‘70s classics as “Smoke on the Water”, “Space Truckin” and “Highway Star”.
This simple denim jacket was worn by the late Eric Carr during KISS’ 1988 Crazy Nights tour. Eric replaced original drummer Peter Criss in 1980 and stayed with the group for eleven years until his tragic death from a very rare form of heart cancer in 1991. Yes, this jacket is “stonewashed” and incredibly nerdy, but you probably had one just like it back in the ‘80s.
Original animation cel from Yellow Submarine
This original animation cel from Yellow Submarine depicts the character Jeremy Hilary Boob Ph.D. In the film, Jeremy describes himself as an “eminent physicist, polyglot classicist, prize-winning botanist, hard-biting satirist, talented pianist, and good dentist”. He’s instrumental in the Beatles’ defeat of the Blue Meanies.
One of our greatest pieces of memorabilia from the all-too-short life of Marc Bolan is this passport. Issued very early in his career, it was his ticket to the first few T Rex gigs outside of England. It’s pretty much impossible to overstate Bolan’s influence on rock and fashion in the early ‘70s. He almost single-handedly created the Glam Rock movement that dominated the charts on both sides of the Atlantic and still resonates strongly today. This passport is, of course, issued in his real name – Mark Feld. Check out Marc’s ultra-mod look in the photo and how he wrote “none” in the space for “special peculiarities”. Apparently, being a pint-sized rock God in makeup and a feather boa doesn’t qualify as peculiar.
Fender Blackmore Model Stratocaster
When guitar virtuoso Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple and formed Rainbow in 1975, he created a vehicle for his incendiary guitar playing that few band members could keep up with. Blackmore went through no less than 23 members in the group’s run – including four different lead singers – but always managed to turn out some very vital-sounding heavy rock. His Strat mastery inspired Fender to create this Blackmore signature model, which was played on Rainbow’s 1995 reunion tour.