Earlier this month, I rode with friends to Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach, located on the shores of Daytona Beach, Florida.
There our friends Oak Hill Drifters played a good mixture of rockabilly, classic country, western swing, late 50s-early 60s R&B and jump blues. They performed this on a stage located outside behind the hotel.
Nothing against live music. Yet, as usual during these events, I got antsy. So, I started walking around inside the hotel. That’s when I noticed the music memorabilia. Not only is it located in the lobby, music memorabilia is also located on each floor of the hotel.
I photographed some of the memorabilia. As I introduce pics, some of the words are from the plaques I saw located near the pieces.
Sheryl Crow’s Velvet Pants: “For more than 25 years, Sheryl Crow has been at the vanguard of the contemporary roots music scene and enjoyed a career that’s both commercially successful and critically acclaimed. These stylish velvet pants were part of her stage wardrobe”
Racing Outfits Worn by Matthew and Gunner Nelson: “As the sons of rock legend Rick Nelson, Matthew and Gunner Nelson had big shoes to fill when they embarked on a music career in the early ’90s. They scored big with the #1 hit, “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection” in 1990 and became mainstays on both the radio and MTV. The boys wore the racing suits when they participated in a charity in Nashville on October 8, 1997.
Matthew actually won the race!”
Racing Outfit Worn by Stephen Pearcy of Ratt: “With hits like “Round and Round”, “Lay It Down” and “Wanted Man”, Los Angles-based group Ratt were among the most successful acts of the ’80s. Frontman Stephen Pearcy owned and wore this racing outfit.”
Pro-Keds Sneakers Signed by Joan Jett: From her time with the Runaways in the ’70s to her wildly successful solo career, Joan Jett has been one of the most influential women in rock. She signed these classic high-top sneakers.”
Fringed Jacket Worn by Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones: “Though he came to fame in the late ’60s with The Jeff Beck Group and Faces, guitarist Ron Wood joined the Rolling Stones in 1975 and has been with them ever since. He wore this fringed jacket to his 50th birthday party in 1975.”
An Eddie Van Halen (from the group Van Halen) Guitar: “Few guitarists in history has had the impact of Eddie Van Halen. His incendiary style and effortless virtuosity changed the landscape of rock guitar. This instrument is from Eddie’s personal collection. It’s a prototype built by Wayne Charvel.”
Harley Davidson Hat Signed by Madonna: “This classic Harley Davidson hat was owned and signed by the one and only Madonna.”
Bikini Worn by Taylor Swift: “Though she began her career as a teenage country star, Taylor Swift quickly asserted herself as one of the dominant pop stars of the 21st century. She wore this bikini while celebrating 4th of July holiday in 2015.”
So, there you have it, a sample of the music memorabilia at Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach.