The new Hard Rock Hotel which opened in Palm Springs, California in October features some exclusive memorabilia from some of the most legendary entertainers of our time including Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. Both Presley and Sinatra were former residents of Palm Springs.
The 163-room luxury resort, formerly Hotel Zoso, is located in downtown Palm Springs. The large open lobby and lounge area showcases a vast array of historical rock and roll memorabilia extracted from Hard Rock's "Rock Vault" warehouse located in Orlando, Florida.
Elvis Presley items on display include a leather biker jacket once owned by Elvis in the 1960s; a badge given to the King by the Palm Springs Police Department making him an honorary Captain; and Elvis Presley gun purchase entries in a Firearms Record book from the Frontier Gun Shop in Palm Springs. Presley purchased 15 guns from the shop in the early 1970s.
Frank Sinatra items include a wool jacket worn by Sinatra in the 1980s. The jacket was custom-made for him by Dunhill Tailors of New York. A handwritten letter from Frank Sinatra to third wife, Mia Farrow, is also on display.
Many items from other artists are featured including a corduroy jacket owned and worn by Johnny Cash; a shirt worn by Sonny Bono, former Mayor of Palm Springs, during the Sonny and Cher show in the 1970s; a First Act guitar custom-made for Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine who used it on stage; Eric Clapton's vintage National Studio 66 guitar; a leather shirt from the personal wardrobe of Sly Stone, leader of Sly and the Family Stone; a fringed jacket from the 1960's belonging to Jimi Hendrix; and a white Vespa scooter which was part of Lady Gaga's stage show at 2009 "Isle of MTV" concert in Malta.
The Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs also has a unique lobby sculpture on display made of 500 recycled loud speakers and assorted electronic parts including amplifiers, radios and tuners designed by popular Berlin-based artist Benoit Maubrey. For more info, visit www.HRHPalmSprings.com.