Hard Rock Cafe San Francisco Memorabilia
Black Pea Coat
Formed by Santana alumni Neal Schon and Greg Rolie, Journey enjoyed success early in their career – but the addition of vocalist Steve Perry in 1977 catapulted them to superstardom. With Perry out front, Journey recorded some of the definitive songs of the classic rock era, including “Wheel in the Sky”, “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Open Arms”. This pea coat was owned and worn by Steve Perry.
With his undeniable charisma and sly, double entendre -filled lyrics, Bo crossed the cultural barriers of the 1950s and brought real rock ’n’ roll to the teenaged masses. Bo owned and played a slew of unique guitars over the years, but is probably best known for square or elongated Gretsch instruments. This custom instrument, crafted by master luthier and pickup guru Tom Holmes, is very reminiscent of the Gretsch Jupiter Firebirds that Bo played throughout the ’50s. It was owned, played and signed by The Man himself.
Black Custom ESP Guitar
This ESP guitar was one of Kirk Hammet’s stage instruments on Metallica’s 1988 – ’89 ‘Damaged Justice’ tour. The globe-trotting tour lasted thirteen months and stopped in over eighteen countries. This guitar is fairly unique. With the exception of the name on the headstock, it’s pretty much indistinguishable from a Gibson Les Paul. It’s exceptionally difficult to get stage-used Metallica guitars, so this axe is a truly rare bird.
Hand Painted Velvet Cape
This hand-painted, sequined cape belonged to the force of nature that was Janis Joplin and it can be seen draped over the couch on the cover of her final album – 1971’s Pearl. Janis died shortly before the album’s release; cutting short the reign of one of rock’s most passionate and powerful voices.