The Hard Rock franchise is synonymous with two things: rock stars and memorabilia. From the smallest items such as guitar picks to a five-ton bus donated by The Beatles, one can find almost everything in Hard Rock’s massive (70,000 and counting) worldwide collection.
RWScoop spends a day with Chef Concierge Syed Ubhaidilla, following him around Hard Rock Hotel Singapore while he tells us five fun facts of the Hard Rock franchise.
1. The origin of Hard Rock memorabilia
The first piece of memorabilia is a red Fender from legendary English singer-songwriter Eric Clapton. The singer used to frequent the popular Hard Rock café in London and to reserve himself a table, he placed his guitar on it to signify that the table was his. The rest, suffice to say, is history, as more stars caught on the trend and started to donate their personal effects to Hard Rock.
2. The number of memorabilia in Hard Rock Hotel Singapore
Around 120 pieces. The common items are guitars and drum kits. Outfits are also very popular with guests: there’s a mini dress worn by Diana Ross back in 1973 and a blue overall worn by the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, in his 1968 film Speedway. Younger fans can check out Eminem’s streetwear, worn in a scene of his music video for the song, Toy Soldiers.
3. Memorabilia rotation
Every four to five years, memorabilia in all the Hard Rock Hotels and Cafes worldwide will change hands to freshen things up. Currently, one of Dick Lee’s very first vinyl pressings is located at Hard Rock Macau. Perhaps we will see it back in Singapore in the near future.
4. There’s something at every level
Only hotel guests are privy to this piece of information: memorabilia can be found at every level of Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, all six floors of it. While the stage costumes of David Bowie and Elton John can be found at the lobby, there are still many others littered around the hotel including our personal favourite — a signed guitar from rock group, Pearl Jam.
5. The most popular
According to chef concierge Syed Ubhaidilla, every piece has its fans. “The older guests will ask for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley. For me, my favourite is from Madonna because she’s from my generation. Nowadays, a lot of younger guests are asking for K-pop artistes. Unfortunately, we don’t carry any. Perhaps we will have them in the future.”
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