Eagles, Heart and Metallica members to attend opening of the largest Rock Hall exhibition ever

News 07/11/2019

Former Eagles' member Don Felder, Heart's guitarist Nancy Wilson and Metallica's Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo are among the named VIP guests who will be attending the opening of a brand new exhibition at Rock n' Roll Hallf of Fame Museum.

Happening this 21st November, Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll will explore the history of musical instruments that contributed to the creation of the rock music genre. By far, this is the largest single exhibition staged in a Cleveland establishment, spanning four floors.

According to Rock Hall, fans can expect "spectacular new acquisitions and adaptations that make the show unique to its venue." There will be showcased instruments spanning from 1939 to today — many of these instruments that have never been displayed outside of their original concert performance settings.

Among the instruments include guitars played by Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones). There's also a sculpture that was built using one of Pete Townshend's (The Who) smashed guitars, a Prince stage constume and the 2013 stage rig that Eddie Van Halen used for his A Different Kind of Truth Tour. See below for the extended list.

Steve Miller’s Gibson Les Paul TV Special. Credits: @scurko
  • Chuck Berry's early hollow-body Gibson guitar
  • Eric Clapton's Martin acoustic guitar model 000-42 used during his famous MTV Unplugged concert
  • Jerry Garcia's (Grateful Dead) "Wolf" guitar
  • Rory Gallagher's iconic 1961 Fender Stratocaster
  • Jimi Hendrix's hand-decorated electric guitar, dubbed "Love Drops," made in 1967
  • James Jamerson's upright bass used on many early Motown hits
  • Keyboard John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) used to record "Stairway to Heaven"
  • Eddie Van Halen's performance rig from 2013
  • Steve Miller's electric guitar painted with psychedelic designs ca. 1972
  • Keith Richards's hand-painted Gibson Les Paul Guitar used to record, Beggars Banquet
  • A sculpture made from what was left of one of Pete Townshend's electric guitars after he smashed the instrument during a photo shoot
  • St. Vincent's electric guitar, which Annie "St. Vincent" Clark designed in collaboration with Ernie Ball Music Man in 2015
  • Tina Weymouth's "headless" Steinberger bass guitar that she used extensively with Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club through the late 1990s
  • A selection of vintage posters from historic concert performances
  • ... and more

This is the only time these iconic instruments will be seen together in one massive collection

The exhibition will run until 13th September 2020. Tickets for the opening party are already on sale now, including packages that include other exhibitions, live entertainment, drinks and a dessert bar.

Jimi Hendrix on his 'Love Drops' guitar. Credits: ForbesLife