From time to time, some of our more passionate guests will get worked-up over certain pieces of memorabilia in our collection and try to take us to task over them. Usually, this stems from someone assuming that a joint called the Hard Rock should exclusively display memorabilia that fits into their personal definition of what “hard rock” music is. Continue reading
This completely over-the-top quinceanera dress was worn by Katy Perry during her appearance on MTV’s Los Premios awards show in 2008. She famously dove into a giant birthday cake while wearing it and performing her first smash single, “I Kissed a Girl”. Continue reading
Though rock ‘n’ roll music is now over 60 years old, it remains predominantly a boy’s club. Why is that? Is the swagger necessary for good rock music inherently masculine? Are electric guitars too phallic? It can’t be that simple. Continue reading
Paul Kossoff was one of the truly inspired guitarists to emerge from the late ’60s British blues scene and his group, Free, had a soulful, laid-back groove that made their hard rock punch all the more powerful.Think of the half-time swagger of “Fire and Water” or the amazing vibrato of the timeless “All Right Now”. That stuff rocks like hell.
December 8th has been cemented forever in the history of popular culture as a BAD DAY. On that date in 1980, John Lennon was senselessly murdered by some loser whose name I don’t remember. Twenty-four years later – to the day – another nameless loser climbed onstage at the Alrosa nightclub in Columbus, Ohio and shot Pantera guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott to death. What the hell is wrong with people?