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Black Keys Drum Among New Rock Hall Items

By Rich Heldenfels Published: January 24, 2013

Here are the details about the drum:

Patrick Carney of the Black Keys Drum
Ludwig Scotch Marching Bass Drum, c. 1958
Collection of Q-Prime South
Location: Right Here, Right Now exhibit, Level 1
A photograph of this drum is featured in the album artwork of Akron band the Black Keys’ debut release, 2002’s the Big Come Up.

And here is the entire official word: To kick off 2013, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has unveiled dozens of new collection items – including handwritten lyrics, instruments, a tour van, clothing, stage props, and more – many on display to the public for the first time.

The new collection items on exhibit range from inductees, legendary musicians and up-and-coming artists, whose music spans the past several decades. From the Beatles, Paul Simon, Neil Young, Jethro Tull and Cheap Trick, to Bruce Springsteen and Rage Against the Machine, as well as Cobra Starship, Grace Potter and the Black Keys, there is something for everyone to enjoy at the Rock Hall this season.

Highlights from the new collection include:

Robin Zander of Cheap Trick Outfit, 2009
Design by Karen Dusenbery
Collection of the Zander Family
Location: Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall, Lower Level
Cheap Trick released the album Sgt. Pepper Live, recorded with a full orchestra on August 25, 2009, commemorating the 42nd anniversary of the release of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The band performed the album in a live stage show at the Las Vegas Hilton for two weeks in September 2009. Lead singer, Robin Zander, wore this outfit in the live show.

Paul Simon Acoustic Guitar, 1967
Guild F-30-NT-Spec
Collection of Paul Simon
Location: Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall, Lower Level
Paul Simon played this guitar onstage during Simon and Garfunkel’s set at Monterey Pop. Simon used this guitar throughout the1960s to write and record many Simon and Garfunkel songs.

Neil Young Stage Props, 1991
Collection of Neil Young
Location: Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall, Lower Level
These huge amplifier props – replicas of a Fender Deluxe and a Fender Bassman – were originally conceived by Neil Young for his 1978 Rust Never Sleeps tour with his band Crazy Horse.  The amps reappeared in 1986 for Young and Crazy Horse’s Rusted- Out Garage tour and one more time on his 1991 Ragged Glory tour. However, the amps, which are made of theatrical scrim, had deteriorated. Because it had been 13 years since their first appearance, Young suggested that their replacements be designed to look as if they had actually aged from having been on tour for so long. The amps on exhibit here date from that 1991 tour. Neil Young and Crazy Horse continued to utilize the oversize amp prop on their 2012 tour.
Bruce Springsteen Gibson Acoustic Guitar
J-45, c. 1951
Collection of Bruce Springsteen
Location: Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall, Lower Level
Toby Scott, engineer for many of Bruce Springsteen’s records, purchased this guitar from a Santa Monica, California, pawn shop in 1972. He began working as an engineer at Clover Studios in L.A. and kept the guitar there to be used as a house instrument. Scott gave the guitar to Springsteen as a Christmas present in 1988. It has been played on every album since Tunnel of Love and was featured prominently on The Ghost of Tom Joad and Devils and Dust.

“I’m on Fire” Handwritten Lyrics
Written and recorded by Bruce Springsteen
Released on the album Born in the U.S.A., 1984
Collection of Bruce Springsteen
Location: Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall, Lower Level
The root influences of blues, American folk songs and the new cinematic style of directors such as Martin Scorsese and Terrence Malick, brought a darker and more introspective view to the characters on Bruce Springsteen’s stark solo record, Nebraska, and its successor, Born in the U.S.A. “I’m on Fire” was a song of desire, compulsion and personal struggle that became a Top 10 hit in 1985, despite its intense subject matter.

Rage Against the Machine Chevrolet Astro Touring Van, 1985
Gift of Tom Morello
Location: Voinovich Atrium, Lower Level
Rage Against the Machine’s first tour vehicle, a 1985 Chevrolet Astro Van, was utilized by the band from 1991-1993. In addition to the van itself, several collection items from the band will be displayed inside the vehicle, including part of a drum kit as well as the acoustic guitar used to write the band’s 1992 single, “Killing in the Name Of.”

Grace Potter Dress, 2010
Designed by Grace Potter and Becks Walsh
Collection of Grace Potter
Location: Right Here, Right Now exhibit, Level 1
Grace Potter wore this dress at a show-stealing performance at the VH-1 Divas Salute the Troops telecast held in San Diego, California in December 2010.

Grace Potter Electric Guitar, 2011
Gibson Grace Potter Signature Flying V Prototype
Collection of Grace Potter
Location: Right Here, Right Now exhibit, Level 1
Gibson Guitars provided this prototype guitar to Potter for her to provide input on the particulars of the instrument. The Grace Potter Signature Flying V was released in 2012.

Patrick Carney of the Black Keys Drum
Ludwig Scotch Marching Bass Drum, c. 1958
Collection of Q-Prime South
Location: Right Here, Right Now exhibit, Level 1
A photograph of this drum is featured in the album artwork of Akron band the Black Keys’ debut release, 2002’s the Big Come Up.


 

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