“Hard Rock Treasures” by Various Artists

Artist: Various Artists
Title: “Hard Rock Treasures”
Label: MPI Home Video
Release Date:
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

If you have ever paid a visit to the Hard Rock Café in your life then you know firsthand that the contents of the place are a veritable Rock and Roll Museum. No matter where you focus your attention you will see some of the most important pieces of music history. There are costumes galore from bands such as KISS, performers like Elvis Presley and Freddie Mercury and if you’re a fan of guitars well then here is the real treat. The axes of the very founding fathers of musical genres are present within these walls and you will find Tony Iommi’s hardware alongside Eric Clapton and Cheap Tricks Rick Nielsen’s in range of Ace Frehley’s. Truly, a guitarists dream and you can almost feel the music coming off them as you stare in wonder. Once your head clears and the magic of these items in full dissipates you will most probably find yourself asking, “How on Earth do they find and even get this stuff?” This DVD provides the answer to this question and gives you a great background on the Hard Rock itself. For 90 minutes you are the traveling companion of Don Bernstine, the “Indiana Jones of Rock & Roll” as he travels the world visiting auctions at Christie’s and the homes of some of the most royal of rock royalty as he interviews and obtains treasures from their collection for use in the HRC. There are some historic moments as Don gets the guitar used for many of the early Sabbath records from Iommi and items from Jimmy Page who had for years never parted with any of his performance artifacts.

Fun moments are everywhere, especially when it comes to the lead guitarist of Cheap Trick and interesting sites seen all around. One of the best segments would be the footage of the late “Dimebag” Darrell, which was never before seen. The film also gives you an inside look at the headquarters in Orlando Florida where everything is stored at one time or another and you take a trip to the legendary Graceland. Visits to the warehouses of Styx and Aerosmith are interesting sites and as you wander about such places with Don you tend to wonder how they even decide on what to take for the place. Some of items make no sense on inclusion, like the car used in Metallica’s video for “I Dissapear” but for the most part the viewer is left in a constant state of “wow, cool”. The Hard Rock café opened in 1971 and now across its locations features over 70,000 priceless musical artifacts, which all began when Eric Clapton presented the owners with one of his guitars. The rest is as they say “history”, so if you plan to become a famous musician, start deciding on what you will contribute to its walls.

Starring:
1. Tony Iommi
2. Rick Nielsen
3. John Entwistle
4. Richie Sambora
5. KISS
6. Aerosmith
7. James Hetfield
8. Dimebag
9. Damage Plan
10. Ace Frehley
11. Slipknot
12. Jimmy Page
13. Motley Crue
14. Judas Priest
15. Velvet Revolver
16. Red Hot Chili Peppers
17. Slayer
18. Zakk Wylde
19. Styx

Official Web site: www.hardrock.com

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