The Rolling Stones
Keith Richards - Granny Takes a Trip suit
This wildly stylish suit was made for Keith Richards by famed London hippie boutique Granny Takes a Trip. He wore it on tour with the Stones.
After the Rolling Stones signed to Decca Records in 1963 their band manager, Andrew Loog Oldham, dropped the s from Richards' surname believing "Keith Richard" in his words "looked more pop". In the early 1970s Richards re-established the s in his surname.
Richards has stated that the "Satisfaction" riff came to him in his sleep; he woke up just long enough to record it on a cassette player by his bed.
The Rolling Stones
Keith Richards - Ted Newman-Jones guitar
Keith’s unique guitar style often utilizes a five-string instrument tuned to an open chord rather than a standard six-string guitar. This example was custom-built for Keith by British guitar builder Ted Newman-Jones and used on stage during the Stones’ 1978 tour in support of the Some Girls album.
Richards was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1993.
Richards has a collection of approximately 3,000 guitars. Even though he has used many different guitar models, in a 1986 Guitar World interview Richards joked that no matter what model he plays, "give me five minutes and I'll make 'em all sound the same."
John Lennon - D.A. Millings suit
John wore this D.A. Millings suit in the Beatles’ classic 1964 film debut, A Hard Day’s Night.
At the age of seven, Lennon wrote and drew an entire magazine entitled Speed and Sport Illustrated, which included portraits of soccer players, cartoon strips, and an adventure story.
Incredibly, one of the greatest singers in the history of rock music, John Lennon hated his own voice and loved to double-track his records. He would often ask the Beatles producer, George Martin, to cover the sound of his voice: “Can’t you smother it with tomato ketchup or something?”
Paul McCartney - Classical guitar
This classical guitar was a birthday gift to Paul from George and Ringo.
The first musical instrument Paul played was the trumpet. His first trumpet was a gift from his dad for his 14th birthday. But Paul soon traded the trumpet for a guitar. You can't sing while playing the trumpet.
A lot of people consider McCartney‘s “Helter Skelter” the first, or one of the first, heavy metal songs because of its heavy bass and drums and screaming vocals. The song came about because McCartney heard Pete Townshend describing “I Can See For Miles” as the loudest, rawest, dirtiest song The Who or anyone had ever recorded. Paul took this as a challenge, so he immediately set forth to write a song that was louder, rawer and dirtier.
Gemy Maalouf dress
Of all the vocalists who’ve won the ‘American Idol’ television talent show, none have come close to the success – both creatively and commercially – of country/pop star Carrie Underwood. Carrie appeared on the program’s fourth season in 2009 and subsequently took Nashville by storm with her crystalline voice and undeniable charisma. Now she’s a bona-fide superstar who has sold over 65 million albums worldwide. She wore this Gemy Maalouf dress in the video for her 2014 hit “Something in the Water”.
Winner of American Idol in 2005, Carrie is the most successful ‘American Idol’ singer of all time.
Prior to ‘American Idol,’ she had never been on an airplane.
In 2008, at age 26, Underwood became the youngest member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Carrie has been nominated for 189 Awards, and out of those nominations, won 136 of them.
Sergio Vallín –Stage-worn outfit
Guitar virtuoso Sergio Vallín of Mexican rock legends Maná wore this outfit on stage with the group. For over 30 years, Maná has been at the vanguard of the Latin rock movement.
As Mexico’s most successful rock group of the past generation, Maná has sometimes been described as a Latin version of such mainstream American rock acts as Styx or REO Speedwagon.
Awards: Latin Grammy Award, Record of the Year for Corazón espinado, 2000; Latin Grammy Award, Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “Se me olvidó otra vez,” 2000; Billboard Spirit of Hope Award, 2000.
Tie-dyed tank top
This tie-dyed tank top is from Colombian megastar Shakira’s personal wardrobe. A gifted artist and world-class philanthropist, Shakira donated this shirt to the Hard Rock in return for a contribution to her charity, Fundación Pies Descalzos. This charity builds schools in rural areas of Latin America and provides education, nutrition and counseling for underprivileged and displaced youth.
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll was born on February 2, 1977 in Barranquilla, Colombia.
She recorded her very first album when she was only 13.
As of July 2014, Shakira became the first person to reach 100 million followers on Facebook.
Shakira speaks 5 languages: Spanish, English, Arabic, Italian and Portuguese
She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011.
Sen Couture dress
Singer, dancer, actress and fashion icon Jennifer Lopez wore this very stylish Sen Couture dress when she attended the Billboard Music Awards in 2014.
J-Lo’s big break was on the TV comedy series ""In Living Color"" where she was one the ""Fly Girls.
Jennifer worked with Janet Jackson on the video ""That's The Way Love Goes"" and on Janet's tours.
Jennifer is the first actress to have a movie (""The Wedding Planner"") and an album hit number one in the same week. Lopez's second album, JLo, was released on January 23, 2001 and it was an instant hit.
The outfit on display was owned and worn by Carlos. The shirt was hand-painted by San Francisco-based artist Calixto Robles.
Santana has won 10 Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards.
He learned to play the violin at age five and the guitar at age eight under the tutelage of his father, a mariachi musician.
August 2003, Santana was named fifteenth on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".
A month after appearing at Woodstock in 1969—one of the band's first gigs—Santana released its first album, Santana, which it followed with a series of gold and platinum albums during the 1970s.
Sasha Louise latex gown
One of the defining artists of the 21st century, Lady Gaga is unmatched in her ability to be provocative and challenging while maintaining a mass audience appeal. That’s an incredibly impressive accomplishment in the fickle world of pop music. Her completely over-the-top style has made her an icon of both music and fashion. She wore this latex gown, designed by Sasha Louise, in December 2013 while attending the the 'Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore' exhibit in London.
Lady Gaga's name was inspired by the Queen song, 'Radio Gaga'.
She learned to play the piano by ear at age 4 and started composing original ballads when she was 13.
Lady Gaga’s real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta.
In 2010, Lady Gaga was ranked as the second most powerful musician in the world.
Barbadian pop princess Rihanna wore this unusual bodysuit on stage during her 'Last Girl on Earth' world tour from 2010-2011. An ambitious, globe-spanning trek, the 'Last Girl on Earth' tour helped establish Rihanna as a bona-fide superstar.
She was never called Rihanna until she became a big star. Rihanna is actually her middle name, her full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty.
Rihanna created her Believe Foundation in 2006 to help terminally ill children. "When I was young and I would watch television and I would see all the children suffering, I always said when I grow up I want to help," the singer told People magazine in March 2008.
Rihanna won Gillette’s Venus Breeze ”Celebrity Legs of a Goddess” award in 2007. Right after that, she insured her legs for $1 million.
To date, she is the most subscribed to artist on Vevo, has the most views with just over 4.6 billion views.
The black nylon pajamas were owned and worn by the King himself.
Elvis never performed outside of North America. An estimated 40 percent of Elvis’ music sales have been outside the United States; however, with the exception a handful of concerts he gave in Canada in 1957, he never performed on foreign soil.
When performing on TV in 1956, host Milton Berle advised Elvis to perform without his guitar, reportedly saying, "Let 'em see you, son." Elvis' gyrating hips caused outrage across the U.S. and within days he was nicknamed Elvis the Pelvis.
Elvis recorded more than 600 songs, but did not write any of them.
This display pays tribute to a man whose name is synonymous with the electric guitar – Les Paul. As a songwriter, inventor, producer and virtuoso guitarist, this Wisconsin native was one of the most important cultural figures of the 20th century. Les pioneered the design of the modern electric guitar and was instrumental in the development of multitrack recording. As early as the 1940s, he was creating elaborately overdubbed tracks and later scored major hits like “How High the Moon” and “Mockin’ Bird Hill” with his wife Mary Ford as vocalist. The vintage electronic equipment on display is all from his studio.
Indian rocking horse
This toy rocking horse was handcrafted in India and belonged to the one and only Jimi Hendrix. It's a great example of the influences Eastern cultures had on the “hippie movement” in the late 1960s.
Jimi dropped out of High School and enlisted in the Army in May 1959, becoming a member of ‘The Screaming Eagles’ 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, as a trainee paratrooper. Fortunately for music fans everywhere, less than a year later he received a medical discharge after breaking an ankle on his twenty-sixth parachute jump.
Jimi’s weapon of choice tended to be a Fender Stratocaster, but he would occasionally play the Gibson SG, Flying V, and Les Paul. On rare occasions he played the Fender Jazzmaster and the Fender Duo-Sonic.
Eddie Van Halen
This battered and beautiful guitar amplifier and speaker stack was used on stage by the one and only Eddie Van Halen throughout Van Halen’s 2012-2013 'A Different Kind of Truth' tour.
Eddie and Alex were born and raised in Holland. Their family moved to Pasadena, California in 1967, when Eddie was 10 and Alex was 12.
In the early days, Eddie played his solos with his back to the audience so that other guitar players could not steal his moves, and also because of his stage freight.
Eddie Van Halen didn't ask for royalties after completing Michael Jackson's "Beat It" guitar solo - he did it as a favor.
Eddie Van Halen
Signed Kramer guitar
This Kramer guitar was signed by the master himself – Edward Van Halen.
Eddie began his music career by taking piano lessons and playing drums (before switching instruments with brother Alex, who was then learning the guitar).
Years of jumping around on stage took it's toll on Eddie. He had hip-replacement surgery in 1999. He also had cancer in his throat and tongue, which caused him to lose part of his tongue.
Eddie and Alex' father, Jan Van Halen, was a professional clarinet player.
Gibson Les Paul Deluxe
This classic Les Paul guitar was signed by the man for whom it’s named – Les Paul himself.
Paul is a member of the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
When he was 10, Paul put together a small orchestra.
Paul took a discarded flywheel from a Cadillac at his father's car dealership to create his first lathe.
Les Paul made holes in the reels of his mother's player piano to create harmonies in an experiment that paved the way for his creation of overdubbing.
Paul Stanley - B.C. Rich doubleneck guitar
Paul Stanley of Kiss took this exceedingly strange B.C. Rich doubleneck guitar out on the 1987-1988 'Crazy Nights' tour. Though it appears to be two Stratocaster-style guitars haphazardly bolted together, it’s actually a handmade, meticulously-constructed instrument.
He was born with microtia, a deformed ear which prevents him from hearing on his right side.
Paul Stanley wrote a number of early Kiss songs, including "Firehouse" and "Let Me Know" while in high school.
Stanley was an art major at the Bronx Community College, before devoting his time to KISS. But he still paints.
Paul's given name is Stanley Bert Eisen.
Tony Iommi - Pete Cornish pedalboard
This unusual-looking bit of equipment was Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi’s stage pedal board from 1980 to 1997. It was built by Pete Cornish – an absolute legend in the guitar equipment world – and contains the various sound manipulating devices Tony used in the course of a Black Sabbath show.
Iommi Has Recorded With Over 20 Singers.
He is the only original member of Black Sabbath to have stayed in the band throughout its numerous lineup changes.
Tony Iommi - Epiphone Diablo guitar
Easily one of the most influential guitarists who ever lived, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi almost singlehandedly invented heavy metal in the early ‘70s. This Epiphone SG Diablo guitar was his personal instrument. He used it predominantly in his home studio.
The Black Sabbath album Seventh Star was actually a Tony Iommi solo album, but the record company put pressure on him to use the Black Sabbath name instead of his own.
Black Sabbath was inducted into Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 2006.
Tony often tunes his guitar down to a D (from the traditional E piano tuning) or C# to get a darker sound and more depth.