Music buffs get their thrills at the new Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs where memorabilia rules. Carefully chosen from the coveted “Rock Vault,” Hard Rock International’s famed warehouse in Orlando, Florida that stores more than 74,000 prized possessions gathered from rock and roll greats, the collection at the hotel includes autographed guitars, costumes from world tours, rare photographs, original contracts and more from almost every genre of music—from Frank Sinatra and Elvis to Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake.
Here are a few key items hanging around the hotel:
- RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS--Combining elements of funk, punk, metal and rap, the Red Hot Chili Peppers forged a sound that was totally unique and quintessentially Californian. Now more than 30 years into their career, the group is firmly in the upper echelon of rock superstars. Frontman Anthony Kiedis wore the incredible suit displayed at the hotel in a promotional video in 1995.
- .THE ROLLING STONES--The one and only Keith Richards signed this unusual Danelectro guitar.
- FRANK SINATRA--The Chairman of the Board was the original rock star – long before there even was such a thing. And he always dressed sharp. Hoboken’s favorite son wore wool jacket in the late ‘80s. It was made custom for him by Dunhill Tailors of New York.
- RIHANNA--Barbados-born pop sensation Rihanna wore this fringed outfit in the video for her 2010 smash single “Only Girl (In the World)”.
- COLDPLAY--Chris Martin of Coldplay acquired this Yamaha CP70 electric grand piano early in the band’s career. He used it live, as a composition tool and it can be seen in the video for “Shiver”.
- U2--U2’s brilliant guitarist, Dave “The Edge” Evans, wore this shirt on stage during the band’s legendary Joshua Tree tour in 1987.
- JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE--Though he got his start during the late-‘90s “boy band” craze with *N Sync, Justin Timberlake quickly asserted himself as a bona-fide pop phenomenon and solo superstar. Now into his third decade as a top star, Justin has wowed audiences worldwide with his skills as a performer, producer and actor. He wore this stylish William Rast tuxedo jacket in a 2008 “Fashion Rocks” photo shoot.
- JOHNNY CASH--The late, great Johnny Cash transcended the country genre and became an icon to rockers, punks and anyone with an iconoclastic soul. He owned the corduroy jacket that's displayed in the late ‘60s.
- ELVIS PRESLEY--Rock ‘n’ roll has had plenty of jokers, princes and queens, but only one KING. Elvis Presley’s importance and influence is difficult to overstate and his shadow still looms large over every aspect of popular music. The King owned this classic leather biker jacket in the ‘60s. The badge on display was given to the King right here in Palm Springs by the police department – making him an honorary captain.
- SONNY BONO--From his production work with Phil Spector to his wildly popular variety show in the ‘70s with Cher, Sonny Bono played a vital role in the development of pop music. He made the leap from music to politics in 1988 when he was elected mayor of Palm Springs and went on to become a U.S. congressman. This display features a shirt worn by Sonny on The Sonny and Cher Show in the ‘70s and a signed bottle of “Bono” cabernet.
- LORETTA LYNN--Born in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, Loretta Lynn established herself as the first lady of country music with timeless hits like “Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter”. She owned and wore this fringed vest.
- BUCKETHEAD--Easily one of the most technically adept and musically adventurous guitarists of the modern age, Buckethead has leant his incredible talent to over 100 albums – including work with Guns N’ Roses, Bill Laswell, Iggy Pop, Les Claypool and Bootsy Collins. The bizarre outfit on display – complete with chicken bucket “hat” – was worn onstage by Buckethead. The custom Jackson V guitar was one of Buckethead’s main stage instruments. It’s absolutely one-of-a-kind and can be seen on the cover of his 1999 album Monsters and Robots.
- LADY GAGA--Lady Gaga is much more than just the latest occupant of the house that Madonna built – she’s a deeply talented musician, songwriter and performance artist whose ability to be provocative and challenging while appealing to a mass audience is unmatched in the 21st century. She wore this unique Vera Thordardottir creation during her performance at Elton John’s ‘White Tie and Tiara Ball’ in 2010.
- BLACK EYED PEAS--Black Eyed Peas mastermind will.i.am owned and wore both this incredible embroidered jacket and classic wool porkpie hat.
- JIMI HENDRIX --The late, great Jimi Hendrix was certainly the most important and influential electric guitarist of all time, but he also had a huge impact on the world of fashion. Jimi owned and wore this fringed jacket in the late ‘60s.
- JOHN 5--Virtuoso Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie guitarist, John 5, said of this unique coat: “There's a lot of leather on this outfit, so it kept me very warm at the cold shows, but it kept me really sweaty on the hot shows! I hope you enjoy it – I sure did.”(This absolutely amazing guitar was custom made by Michigan-based builder Ken Meyer. There are over 800 super-bright LEDs embedded in the guitar’s top. John played this guitar on stage throughout 2011 – including an appearance on VH-1’s That Metal Show.)
- CHER--The cultural phenomenon known as Cher wore this incredible vinyl outfit on stage in the ‘90s.
- SLY STONE--Though Sly and the Family Stone’s name doesn’t come up as much as the Beatles, Hendrix or James Brown, there’s no question that the band was every bit as important to music and culture as any of those artists. Their leader, Sly Stone, assembled the first truly integrated rock band – in both race and gender – and created some of the most vital, aware and joyful music of the 20th century. There's a leather shirt is from his personal wardrobe.