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John Lennon’s Glasses & More Memorabilia Coming To Hard Rock in Tampa

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John Lennon's iconic round glasses will be on display in Tampa this June. Photo courtesy of: SeminoleHardRocktampa.com

John Lennon’s iconic round glasses will be on display in Tampa this June. Photo courtesy of: SeminoleHardRocktampa.com

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John Lennon’s round glasses, Pete Townshend’s smashed guitar, and a Jimi Hendrix gold record can all be seen when the “Treasures of the Hard Rock” tour comes to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino June 14-22.

The traveling roadshow of rare rock artifacts comes from two collections: “Gone Too Soon” and “Music Gives Back – Rock ‘N’ Roll Philanthropy.”

The “Gone Too Soon” collection pays tribute to rock icons we lost in their prime. An item I’ll be excited to see is the 8th grade yearbook from Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain. It was a tough period in Cobain’s life. His parents divorced when he was 7. Cobain said he felt ashamed of his parents and had a hard time facing friends at school. His father promised not to remarry, but did. To make matters worse, his mother fell into an abusive relationship. He witnessed one incident that landed her in the hospital with a broken arm.

The collection also features the 12-string acoustic guitar Bob Marley used to record “Is This Love.”

The “Music Gives Back – Rock ‘N’ Roll Philanthropy” collection focuses on rock’s most charitable artists. Elton John’s sequined “Uncle Sam” outfit and a purple silk shirt worn by Jimi Hendrix will be on display.

“We have spent nearly two years scouring our 77,000 piece collection to pull together this exclusive music memorabilia showcase that will wow our guests,” said Jeff Nolan, Hard Rock historian and tour
curator.

The free exhibit opens June 14 and will be on display 24 hours a day at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

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