Hard Rock Cafe Yankee Stadium Memorabilia
Blue sparkle Sonor Kit
Cindy Blackman here...This blue sparkle Sonor kit is the very first one that I played with Lenny Kravitz. The tour was called the Universal Love tour and this kit can be seen on all of the TV shows that we did at that time – including David Letterman, Arsenio Hall, and Jay Leno.
Patent leather Suit
This black patent leather snakeskin suit was worn by U2 front-man Bono as his stage persona "The Fly” during their Zoo TV tour. Zoo TV was an elaborately staged roadshow that visited arenas all over the world from 1992 through 1993. "The Fly" character was Bono's self-referential depiction of a stereotypical rock star. He wore wrap-around shades and carried himself with exaggerated, sexual mannerisms. The character was created in Berlin while U2 were recording their classic album Achtung Baby with Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno. Zoo TV included two performances at Yankee Stadium on August 29th & 30th, 1992. During one song, Bono paid tribute to the show‘s setting with the line “I dreamed I saw Joe DiMaggio dancing with Marilyn Monroe.
Statue of Liberty Costume
Elton John’s versatility, combined with his effortless melodic skills, dynamic charisma, and flamboyant stage shows made him one of the most popular recording artists of all time. He was not one to shy away from wearing something over-the-top. This Statue of Liberty costume, worn in 1977, is one of many elaborate stage costumes donned by Sir Elton John.
Gibson Ace Frehley Signature Les Paul
KISS embodies everything we love about rock ‘n’ roll – the volume, the spectacle, the crass materialism – it’s like they came to Earth brandishing Love Guns from the planet Rock. They rule. You know it, we know it. This custom Les Paul was used by Ace Frehley on KISS’ 1996-97 reunion tour. Ace plays smokin’ guitar - literally. This thing is rigged to release a cloud of smoke during his solo. That is the definition of awesome. This guitar has seen millions of screaming fans on three different continents, but now it's safely retired to our collection. We once had this guitar in a South American cafe and when it was shipped back to the states, customs officials quarantined it because of residue from Ace’s “smoking guitar” routine. They thought it was a bomb. Clearly, it’s not “a bomb”, it’s the bomb.
Tinted Round Wireframe Glasses
1966 was a watershed year in the world of the Beatles. Not only did they release the absolutely brilliant Revolver, it’s also the year John Lennon began wearing his trademark National Health spectacles. Self-conscious about wearing the Buddy Holly-style frames typical of the day and finding contact lenses painfully uncomfortable, the severely nearsighted Beatle mostly went without glasses in the early years. It wasn't until his role in the film 'How I Won the War' that he started sporting the round wireframes that became such icons – of rock and fashion. These tinted glasses that once colored the world for John are now a treasured part of the Hard Rock collection. Imagine what they've seen.