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Hard Rock Cafe's new Anchorage outlet boasts a little Alaska music memorabilia

Sean Doogan
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Memorabilia adorns the walls at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Memorabilia adorns the walls at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Memorabilia adorns the walls at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Hard Rock International music and memorabilia historian Jeff Nolan enthusiastically describes items selected for display at the new Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown. Behind him are an Elvis Presley sheepskin jacket and boots worn by Grace Slick of Jefferson Starship.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Hard Rock International music and memorabilia historian Jeff Nolan enthusiastically describes items selected for display at the new Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown. Behind him are an Elvis Presley sheepskin jacket and boots worn by Grace Slick of Jefferson Starship.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Hard Rock International music and memorabilia historian Jeff Nolan enthusiastically describes items selected for display at the new Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown. Behind him are an Elvis Presley sheepskin jacket and boots worn by Grace Slick of Jefferson Starship.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Hard Rock International music and memorabilia historian Jeff Nolan enthuses over the Kramer guitar played by Chris Resch of the Fairbanks heavy metal band Pandemonium at the new Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown. The band and the guitar appeared onstage with the Scorpions at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage in 1984.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Hard Rock International music and memorabilia historian Jeff Nolan enthuses over the Kramer guitar played by Chris Resch of the Fairbanks heavy metal band Pandemonium at the new Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown. The band and the guitar appeared onstage with the Scorpions at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage in 1984.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Hard Rock International music and memorabilia historian Jeff Nolan enthuses over the Kramer guitar played by Chris Resch of the Fairbanks heavy metal band Pandemonium at the new Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown. The band and the guitar appeared onstage with the Scorpions at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage in 1984.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Spinal Tap is well represented on an upstairs wall at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Spinal Tap is well represented on an upstairs wall at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Spinal Tap is well represented on an upstairs wall at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
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Concert posters for No Doubt, left, and Fiona Apple adorn upstairs walls at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
Erik Hill
Concert posters for No Doubt, left, and Fiona Apple adorn upstairs walls at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
Erik Hill
Concert posters for No Doubt, left, and Fiona Apple adorn upstairs walls at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Decor includes gold records at the upstairs bar at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Decor includes gold records at the upstairs bar at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Decor includes gold records at the upstairs bar at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News A mask and costume worn by members of Portugal. The Man represent Alaska at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News A mask and costume worn by members of Portugal. The Man represent Alaska at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News A mask and costume worn by members of Portugal. The Man represent Alaska at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Hard Rock International music and memorabilia historian Jeff Nolan explains how the guitar, left, played by Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Leon Wilkeson, was modified to accommodate his injured arm following a 1977 plane crash as Nolan leads a tour at the new Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Hard Rock International music and memorabilia historian Jeff Nolan explains how the guitar, left, played by Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Leon Wilkeson, was modified to accommodate his injured arm following a 1977 plane crash as Nolan leads a tour at the new Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Hard Rock International music and memorabilia historian Jeff Nolan explains how the guitar, left, played by Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Leon Wilkeson, was modified to accommodate his injured arm following a 1977 plane crash as Nolan leads a tour at the new Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News A custom-tailored jacket worn by Mike Tramp of White Lion hangs framed adjacent to a video screen and Spinal Tap memorabilia upstairs at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News A custom-tailored jacket worn by Mike Tramp of White Lion hangs framed adjacent to a video screen and Spinal Tap memorabilia upstairs at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News A custom-tailored jacket worn by Mike Tramp of White Lion hangs framed adjacent to a video screen and Spinal Tap memorabilia upstairs at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News A Versace outfit from the wardrobe of Sir Elton John is among clothing items on display upstairs at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News A Versace outfit from the wardrobe of Sir Elton John is among clothing items on display upstairs at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News A Versace outfit from the wardrobe of Sir Elton John is among clothing items on display upstairs at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
Erik Hill
A piece of a wall from New York nightclub CBGB, which was closed in 2006, is back on a wall at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
Erik Hill
A piece of a wall from New York nightclub CBGB, which was closed in 2006, is back on a wall at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
Erik Hill
A piece of a wall from New York nightclub CBGB, which was closed in 2006, is back on a wall at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
Erik Hill
A Kramer guitar played by Chris Resch of the Fairbanks heavy metal band Pandemonium, at center, provides an Alaska touch to the main wall downstairs at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
Erik Hill
A Kramer guitar played by Chris Resch of the Fairbanks heavy metal band Pandemonium, at center, provides an Alaska touch to the main wall downstairs at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
Erik Hill
A Kramer guitar played by Chris Resch of the Fairbanks heavy metal band Pandemonium, at center, provides an Alaska touch to the main wall downstairs at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
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Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart signed a Harmony acoustic guitar displayed upstairs at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown. 3
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Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart signed a Harmony acoustic guitar displayed upstairs at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown. 3
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Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart signed a Harmony acoustic guitar displayed upstairs at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown. 3
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Jewelry worn by Madonna for an album cover is displayed at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Jewelry worn by Madonna for an album cover is displayed at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Jewelry worn by Madonna for an album cover is displayed at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Lighting above the downstairs bar mimics the northern lights at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Lighting above the downstairs bar mimics the northern lights at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Lighting above the downstairs bar mimics the northern lights at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News A faux fur vest worn by Ringo Starr highlights a Beatles display at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News A faux fur vest worn by Ringo Starr highlights a Beatles display at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News A faux fur vest worn by Ringo Starr highlights a Beatles display at Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 415 E Street downtown.
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Elvis' sheepskin jacket, Stevie Ray Vaughan's guitar and the jewelry Madonna wore for the cover of her breakout album "Material Girl" all have new homes in Anchorage. The items are among about 100 pieces of music memorabilia now hanging inside the soon-to-open Hard Rock Café downtown.

On Tuesday, staff were busy practicing their jobs -- serving one another a variety of food and drinks -- to get ready for the restaurant's grand opening Saturday. Through the bustle of activity, Hard Rock International's music and memorabilia historian Jeff Nolan led media on a tour of the rock 'n' roll items dotting the walls of the 275-seat restaurant.

Nolan loves his job. A musician, he said his passion is music and its history.

"I am the designated music nerd," Nolan said.

Hard Rock International -- owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida -- has 175 locations in more than 50 countries. The Anchorage location will be its newest. And, like most Hard Rock Cafés, the Anchorage store will include a smattering of local memorabilia. A full outfit worn by band members of Portugal. The Man is displayed in the upstairs bar area. The band, now based in Portland, Oregon, has its roots in Wasilla.

But the most cherished Alaska music memento is a guitar, picture and plaque dedicated to a band many have never heard of but that was influential in its day. Pandemonium was formed in 1978 by three brothers -- David, Chris and Eric Resch of Fairbanks. After moving to Los Angeles in 1980, the group grew and played with such metal heavyweights as Ratt, Black Sabbath and Great White. Metallica opened for the band in 1981. The group had modest success on the metal scene and recorded three albums with Metal Blade Records -- becoming the first band from Alaska to land a major record deal. Opening for Scorpion in 1984, the band became the first act ever to play at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

"It's in a really prominent spot," Nolan said of the Pandemonium display. "If you walk into the Hard Rock in Anchorage, Alaska, you can't miss it."

Other items adorning the new restaurant are a sequined bra from Colombian pop sensation Shakira and part of a wall from New York City's legendary punk rock club CBGB, as well as a custom-designed stage outfit worn by Sir Elton John.

The memorabilia are just a sample of the Hard Rock's collection, estimated at more than 80,000 pieces. Nolan declined to put a monetary value on the collection. His interest is in its history.

"I think the monetary collector value of this stuff is the least interesting thing about it," Nolan said.

While the Rock Shop -- selling Hard Rock Café T-shirts and memorabilia -- is now open, the restaurant itself is still closed, as staff prepare it for a grand opening Saturday, according to Hard Rock managers.

 


By SEAN DOOGAN
sean@alaskadispatch.com