Hard Rock Cafe St. Louis Memorabilia
Black Bolero Hat
1989's Mother's Milk was like the Chili Peppers' practice run for the world domination they'd achieve on their next album, BloodSugarSexMagick. Having gone through a series of musicians after the death of guitarist Hillel Slovak and the departure of drummer Jack Irons, the boys hit the rock 'n' roll lottery when John Frusciante and Chad Smith joined up. Mother's Milk was the first release by this lineup of the group. It's a decent, if inconsistent, record that portends the greatness to come. Chad Smith can be seen sporting this hat on the back cover
When Black Sabbath decided to revisit their second lineup with vocalist Ronnie James Dio, they did what most old-school groups looking to cash in on their legacy do - they released a career retrospective that included the obligatory "new material". When groups do this, the new stuff pretty much always sucks. However, Sabbath managed to put together three new tracks that kick just as much ass as classics like "Heaven and Hell", "The Mob Rules", and "Children of the Sea". One in particular - "The Devil Cried" - has got everything you love about Dio-era Sabbath - unbelievably heavy riffs, an aura of menace, and Ronnie James yelling about the devil. Awesome! Geezer Butler whipped up the forces of evil with this Lakland bass on "The Devil Cried" and two other new jams. Go check them out.
When the classic Van Halen lineup imploded in 1985, the boys from Pasadena pulled off one of the most notoriously difficult tricks in rock - replacing the lead singer. Somehow, the mark II lineup featuring Sammy Hagar enjoyed even more commercial success than the kickass David Lee Roth lineup (how is that even remotely possible?). The group tried it again in 1996 when Hagar left, but it was a complete fiasco. They recruited Gary Cherone from lite-metal hitmakers Extreme as frontman and proceeded to make the worst record of their career. The subsequent tour was a critical and commercial disappointment and this incarnation of Van Halen was - mercifully - short-lived. Michael Anthony played this custom Peavey bass on that ill-fated tour. Fortunately for the people of Earth, they brought Roth back into the fold in '06.
Rick Danko; Bob Hite
This bizarre bit of cheapness has got a pretty amazing history. The Band’s bass player, Rick Danko, originally owned it and traded it to Canned Heat’s Bob and Richard Hite at the original Woodstock festival in ’69. The price? All of the Hite brothers’ Sonny Boy Williamson records (the Hites were renown record collectors). We think Rick got the better end of the deal. Though certainly cool, this “Higgins” guitar is as low-rent as they come.
Here’s a fact: The Clash were the last truly important rock band. If you’re asking, “What about Nirvana?”, you have a point, but they weren’t the Clash. If you’re asking, “What about Poison or Winger?”, you need to leave this web site now. If you’re asking, “What about Public Enemy?”, then you’re someone who truly gets it and we salute you. That said, this was the great Joe Strummer’s shirt. The world would be a much cooler place if Joe was still around.