Play It Loud is an exhibition showcasing approximately 130 instruments alongside posters and costumes of many of rock and roll’s greatest. In addition to institutional and private collectors, many musicians are lending their performance and recording instruments to create the best collection possible. Some of the gear here is really a once in a lifetime opportunity to see. It is with that thought in mind that we made this list of reasons that you NEED to go check out this exhibit.
Play It Loud is only running until October 1st so there is still time to go. Where else will you be able to see some of the actual instruments that helped to create a new genre of music that is still relevant today?! Enough ramp up, here are ten reasons we feel you need to check this collection out!
10.) Never Has a Collection Like This Been Exhibited Under One Roof!
9.) Not Just Guitars
You will see a great collection of guitars, but that’s not all. How about the mandolin that was used on Losing my Religion, or Jerry Lee Lewis’s gold piano and Ian McLagan’s Wurlitzer? You can hear the breakdown from Stay with Me oozing from it.
8.) The Who Shrine
7.) Play, Find The Bursts!
Yes, Bursts is plural. Go to this exhibit and see a few examples of the most expensive and collectible solid body electric guitars.
6.) SIX STRING GUITAR HEAVEN
No Matter what you are into, electrics or acoustics, Fender or Gibson, there is something here for everyone. Guitars like Bob Dylan’s Strat when he went electric or Jimi Hendrix’s Woodstock Strat. If Acoustic is your thing, maybe you will like the Martin that Clapton used for his MTV Unplugged or one of George Harrison’s Zemaitis acoustics.
5.) Solid Body Evolution
This is one of the best exhibits. Five Guitars in one case that are the evolution of the solid body electric guitar. This display case starts with a Late 40’s Bigsby to an Epiphone Klunker to a Fender Tele Proto to a 54 Strat to a 58 Les Paul.
4.) The Beatles 4-piece Ludwig Drum Kit
This is probably the most iconic drum set in the world. It started a revolution and has been seen by millions. And if that isn’t enough, check out one of John Lennon’s Ricks!
3.) Complete Rigs
Check out Jimmy Page’s Led Zeppelin rig used in the ’70s.
Keith Richard’s ’59 Les Paul and Fender Amps.
Plus, Tom Morello’s rig used during his Rage Against the Machine era.
If that isn’t enough, you have EVH’s rig with his legendary Variac’s to help get the Van Halen Brown Sound.
2.) Tiger and Wolf
If I had to pick two of my favorites from the exhibit- 1st would be Jerry Garcia’s tiger. This was Jerry’s favorite guitar and was played from the late ’70s to the early ’90s. It was the last guitar Garcia played publicly with the Dead, at the band’s final performance on July 9, 1995. But that’s not all, deadheads rejoice also included in the exhibit is another Garcia favorite, Wolf. Jerry Garcia played “Wolf” as his main guitar with the Grateful Dead from 1973 to 1979 and last used it on February 23, 1993.
1.) SRV Number 1
That’s a wrap ladies and gentlemen. These are ten reasons why you need to go check out Play It Loud! This is more likely than not a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the history of rock and roll in one room. Don’t miss your chance to see Play it Loud now!
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