Hard Rock Cafe Memorabilia Going on Tour
Tue, 03 May 2011 10:25:14
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Bands go on tour, but memorabilia? Well, that's about to travel, too!
The Associated Press reports that the lace wedding dress worn by Madonna in her music video for "Like a Virgin" and Michael Jackson's red leather jacket from the music video "Beat It," along with Justin Bieber's skateboard and Ray Charles' Braille Playboy magazine, are among 40 pieces of rock memorabilia that will go on tour in the United States beginning on May 18th to celebrate the Hard Rock Cafe's 40th anniversary.
"If an artist gives us memorabilia, they assume we're going to take care of it and we're never going to sell it. We have a responsibility," said John Galloway, Hard Rock's chief marketing officer, about the company policy.
Hard Rock International, now a subsidiary of Seminole Gaming, has assembled what is billed as the world's largest collection of rock memorabilia, estimated to include at 73,000 pieces! Rock 'n' roll lives on courtesy of the Hard Rock Cafe!
Much of the collection decorates the company's 171 restaurants, casinos and hotels in revolving displays. The rest is housed in what appears to be a thrift shop, but really isn't! Looks can be deceiving.
Hard Rock typically acquires items through donations from artists and purchases at auctions, among other methods.
What pieces of rock 'n' roll history would you like to see included in this tour?