Hard Rock Celebrates 40th Anniversary With Michael Jackson's Old Stuff

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FYI: The Hard Rock Cafe totally still exists.

Believe it or not, we actually have one here in Dallas. And, on Saturday, the chain dedicated to rock 'n' roll history, iconic t-shirts and overpriced bar food is celebrating 40 years in the biz.

According to the note we just got from the Hard Rock folks, they're ringing in their 40th birthday with what they're calling "Hard Rock's 40th Anniversary Memorabilia Tour." Basically, starting at noon on Saturday, a bus full of Jimi Hendrix and Michael Jackson's old stuff will park across the street from the Dallas Hard Rock Cafe in Victory Park.

More specifically, the bus will feature a custom Gibson Flying V guitar once played by Hendrix, Michael Jackson's "Beat It" Jacket, and a long list of other historically rocking stuff. The Most notable items include a Freddie Mercury spandex suit, Buddy Holly's glasses and Marvin Gaye's presumably long little black book. Oh, and Justin Bieber and Katy Perry both have items on the list, too.

On top of that, Hard Rock's Historian Jeff Nolan will be available to talk a little about the significance of all the memorabilia. (We'd love to hear his take on Will.I.Am's jacket from the "Hey Mama" video.)

But really, is this stuff all that interesting?

It might be cool to see a Michael Jackson jacket among the cafe's other, permanent collectibles -- especially after the "Thriller" one was just auctioned off for $1.8 million this past week. But, other than that, I don't know if any of that other stuff is a big enough draw to get me out of the house on a Saturday. I'll tell you what be, though -- the chance to complete my Hard Rock Cafe t-shirt collection that went on the back burner in 1992.

Oh, and the chance to pay way too much for a halfway decent hamburger.

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Hard Rock Cafe

2211 N. Houston St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Mavs Fan

I thought the memorabilia tour was awesome.  This article casts judgment without even experiencing it firsthand.  Poor journalism...

Brandt Hardin
Brandt Hardin

Michael Jackson’s legacy as an icon of music history is soclouded by our media-biased views of his life that we’ll never know the manbehind all his rich music.  He is theultimate example of what happens when celebrity worship goes too far… havingthe press and court of opinion try him the last half of his life.  I created a before and after portrait of TheKing of Pop on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot... 


The Hard Rock was a great place for homesick Americans in London. All the rest? Notsomuch. Good shotglasses, though.

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