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Hard Rock Cafe 40th Anniversary Bash June 25

June 14, 2011 by R.J. Price

To celebrate 40 years of rocking hard, Hard Rock Cafe and 93.3 KDKB are throwing a family friendly street party in Downtown Phoenix.

tourbusOn Saturday, June 25, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 2nd Street between Washington and Jefferson will be closed off to make room for the Hard Rock Cafe’s 40th Anniversary Rock Memorabilia Tour Bus.

The memorabilia tour bus (shown left) is a must-see for rock and roll fans of all ages and the XL tractor trailer is filled with a collection that started with one guitar (a red Fender) donated by Eric Clapton.

Now it’s the largest and most valuable music memorabilia collection on the planet – 70,000 (and counting) rock ’n’ roll relics, from a lock of hair to a five-ton psychedelic bus. Here are some of the items you’ll see:

American Idol sensation and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler’s scarf and microphone stand used during the band’s 1984 Back In the Saddle tour

Michael JacksonWEBDress worn by Katy Perry when she dove on a birthday cake at the 2008 MTV Latin American Awards

Buddy Holly’s iconic glasses

Justin Bieber’s skateboard (insert guffaw)

The jacket John Lennon wore on the cover of Rubber Soul and hand-written lyrics to “Imagine”

The wedding dress Madonna wore  on the cover of Like a Virgin and during her performance at the first MTV Video Music Awards in 1984

Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” jacket


But that’s not all.

* KDKB’s promotions truck will be on hand and Sludge’s Build-A-Band will perform live from 4-7 p.m.

* Interactive booths and performances from the Phoenix Mercury, Chicks with Picks, official event charity Make-A-Wish, Ear Candy, and more.

*Lots of cold beverages, grub, and air conditioning available inside the cafe.

So come Downtown on June 25 and help Hard Rock Cafe and KDKB celebrate four decades of rock.