Reporting Gigi Barnett
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A high-rocking hit musical makes its way to Baltimore’s Hippodrome this week. Along with the performance come some very special memorabilia.
As Gigi Barnett explains–the rock band “Queen” is at the center of it all.
Priceless memorabilia line the walls at Baltimore’s Hard Rock Cafe. It’s the restaurant’s signature style.
But this week only, the most treasured prize may be this–a guitar once owned by Queen lead guitarist Brian May.
“That guitar is very, very special. We got that guitar directly from Brian May. It’s the guitar he used to record the song ‘One Vision,’” said Jeff Nolan, Hard Rock historian.
The exhibit is in town in conjunction with the futuristic musical “We Will Rock You” at the Hippodrome. The performance is based on the chart-topping music of Queen.
Hard Rock historian Jeff Nolan and restaurant manager Jamie Moore say May’s guitar has already attracted many visitors.
“We had a lot of folks that were actually at the opening of the show on Tuesday that came to dinner last night and dined with us,” said Jamie Moore, Hard Rock manager
“For Hard Rock, whenever we have Queen memorabilia, it goes up immediately or it goes on tour because people want to see it. It’s so special,” Nolan said.
This isn’t the only piece from the band on display. There’s another display piece at the Hippodrome lobby. One that pays tribute to the group’s lead vocalist Freddie Mercury.
“For the run of the play, they loaned this unbelievable kimono that Freddy Mercury wore on stage in the mid ’70s. It’s amazing,” said Nolan.
The musical at the Hippodrome will end on Sunday, and so does the display at Hard Rock. They will both then head to Pittsburgh.
For the next two weeks, Hard Rock Cafe is offering special dinner deals for customers who see the musical and the memorabilia.
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