The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
July 7, 2016
We left Sandusky and our Cedar Bay resort early with plans of spending some time in Cleveland OH before making the long six hour trek back home.
First Stop; A Christmas Story House. Yep! Apparently it is a REAL house. (Not exactly located in the best area of town.) Parking was a bit of a chore and at a cost. neighbors have taken advantage of this attraction nestled in their own back yard with a parking fee. We probably could have found Free parking on the street, but Mark was hasty and pulled right in following a man ushering us in.
It was just about 10am when we arrived. The morning sun catching the infamous shadow of he Leg Lamp prevented me from obtaining a good picture.
Also in the adjoining garage was the fire truck. Remember when Ralphie's buddy got his tongue stuck to the metal pole and the Fire department had to come and remove him.
The Red Ryder 650!!!! Bet you wont shoot your eye out!
and of course you can own your own FRAGILE leg lamp to put in your front window.
In addition to shirts and gadgets, soaps, Little Orphan Annie's decoder ring and even Ovaltine, there were a large number of art pieces.
After we finally got our tickets (this was not cheep) we made our way to the first Exhibit;
The newest Inductees; Cheep Trick
There is a bit of a process of becoming nominated for being inducted. My son was surprised some of his favorite bands were not included. Perhaps this is because your band, or yourself must first have had 25 years pass since your first album release to even be nominated.
Jimi Hendrix had quite a display. Many of his clothing were viewable.
On to the British Invasion: The Rolling Stones
Or how about these guys....wow!
Lady Gaga's outfits are really "out there".
The actual Hall of fame with all of the winners and most signatures was on glass in a darkened hallway. I tried to get pictures, but my (unloved) camera would not corporate. (Good news I am looking for a new one...any suggestions welcomed.)
Up another floor and look at this WALL!!! Pink Floyd's that is.
I made this wall myself in art class. I didn't have the teacher or the blue creature but I did have a tiny Pink small in the dark corner of the walls. (I wonder what ever happened to that piece. I was pretty cool.) Of course this was BETTER!!!!
The movie, if you have never seen it, is really more of an artistic piece often left to interpretation based upon the music, the art and what drugs you yourself may be on at the time of watching. (Okay, so I said it.) Just for the record, you certainly do NOT have to be under any drug influence to enjoy the film, but it's not a lazy Sunday afternoon drama either. There are hidden historical references, shadowed with political views, intertwined with the pressures of being a man struggling with drug addiction and finding himself.
As it so happens. After our visit with The Wall we had time to view a film on how music changed the world. Bob Geldof singer/political advocate and actor (British singer of the Boomtown Rats) was the lead role (Pink) in the Wall. He was also the lead in music history with the creation and role in Live Aid.
Live Aid was followed by "Do they know it's Christmas" a musical number featuring multiple singers to bring awareness to the famine in Ethiopia.
Live Aid was a BIGGER fund raiser to help end famine in Ethiopia. Two concert venues ran simultaneously that weekend in 1985. One in England and one in the US (Philadelphia). Some of the bands included; Duran Duran, The Who, Crosby Stills and Nash, Mick Jagger and David Bowie and Led Zeppelin too.
Sadly I did not remember "the message", (obviously not a very in-tuned youth. what can I say I was young, wild and very much in LOVE that summer, also apparently quite self-absorbed.) but I did remember the bands and that weekend face glued to MTV .
Up Up Up to the top floor where we found The Village People!!!! LOVE IT!!! YMCA
Then we were off heading back home. WOW what a wonderful day and an amazing vacation. Til next time. TTFN