Peeling back a layer of mystery surrounding some of popular music's greatest players, today's opening of the Treasures of the Hard Rock exhibit gives fans a chance to get close to the clothing, instruments and other personal effects of big-name icons. For four days only, two one-of-a-kind collections — Gone Too Soon and Music Gives Back — pulled from the Hard Rock's vault will share the intimate details of the lives of Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and more through displays of the musicians' belongings.
"We brought in Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes's outfit that she wore on tour with TLC, which to me is incredibly poignant, because her story is incredible," says Jeff Nolan, Hard Rock's music and memorabilia historian and curator of the exhibit. Nolan also notes that the show isn't just pieces and outfits well known to the public; items like Kurt Cobain's eighth-grade yearbook, culled from the restaurant empire's 77,000-piece collection, will also be part of the display.
Treasures of the Hard Rock opens today and runs through August 3. The exhibit is housed inside the Hard Rock Cafe Denver, 500 16th Street; for more information, visit hardrockcafe.com.