Began collecting 1990 50+ pins to date...
Jan 1990, visited my first HRC in London. I began collecting Hard Rock Cafe guitar pins after a visit my second HRC visit in Honolulu. During my Honolulu visit I came up with the idea of collecting guitar pins from each HRC I visited. My forum of collecting has two simple rules:
#1 Must visit the HRC in person
# 2 Have spend enough time to get a feel for the atmosphere.
After all this is why I visit and enjoy my Hard Rock experiences in the first place.
Visited to date 40 out of 113 world wide........
|Location||Thoughts||Pin Scan||Dates Visited|
|1). LONDON, ENGLAND
||First HRC visit and first military TDY, loved the HRC although surprised how small the place was. My second visit, my wife surprised me with birthday desert. Our third visit was on Christmas eve when we took in a play in London, I picked up two new pins as well.||Red acoustic, White Les Paul w/Big Ben, White London Abby, and a Purple New year 2003 guitars pins||Jan 90, Nov 01 & Dec 02|
|2). HONOLULU, HAWAII||Hawaii, what else can I say, loved the Woodie over the bar.||White Uklulele with Hawaiian lei||Apr 90 & Jan 94|
|3). WASHINGTON D.C||Great stain glass of the King, Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry. Walked my butt off trying to find the place but it was well worth it.||U.S. Flag striped red, white and blue acoustic||Oct 92|
|4). LAS VEGAS, NEVADA||Visited this HRC with wife and my in-laws, we stayed at the opposite end of the strip, walking in the Vegas sun it was great seeing the huge guitar to guide us in.||Black Les Paul "vertical logo"
Black acoustic with pink wrap and star
|Aug 93 & May 01|
|5). ATLANTA, GEORGIA||Visited this one with our great friends Kendra and Jeff. L while visiting on our our second honeymoon.....||Red and white reverse firebird||Aug 95|
|6). ORLANDO, FLORIDA||Visited this cafe during another TDY, Landing at Patrick AFB, Danny S. Chris G and I drove 45 minutes on way to get to this HRC.||Orange and white Rickenbacker bass||Aug 95|
|7). DALLAS, TEXAS||Blue cowboy acoustic||Apr 97|
|8). SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS||Visited this HRC with the family after a visit to Sea World, located on the fame river walk and within an easy walk of the Almao, great cafe with black Caddie hanging over the door||Blue "Yellow rose of Texas" Gibson acoustic||Jun 97|
|9). HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA||Blue stratocaster with Hollywood sign||Jul 98|
|10). SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA||Aquamarine Glenwood national w/trolley car||Jul 99|
|11). CLEVELAND, OHIO||Loved all the KISS (Peter Chris drum set) stuff and the great 35 foot guitar outside, visited this one with my sister Mary Lou....||Buddy Holley Special||Oct 99|
|12). SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA||Green wine bottle||Aug 00|
|13). SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA||Buddy Holley Special||Dec 00|
|14). LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA||Red and white striped Eddy Van Halen kramer||Aug 00|
|15). NIAGARA FALLS, CANADA||During a visit to the falls with my Mom and niece Amy along with Michele and Anthony, we had lunch on the Canadian side of the falls and.................................||Blue Les Paul w/horse shoe falls||Aug 00|
|16). NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK||.....then dinner on the US side of the falls, a full day of walking, sight seeing, HRC and spending money... This was my first time seeing the falls from the US side and I was very surprised at how pretty and breath taking it was...if you have not seen the falls from this perspective give it a try and stop by the HRC..."tell them Brian sent ya"||US flag Les Paul w/barrel going over the falls||Aug 00|
|17). NEW YORK, NEW YORK||Went to this one with my great friend George, who I just met that day, after e-mailing for better part of 3 years. "Power toured" NYC seeing all the sights in one day including the WTC before Sept 11th.||Red apple shaped guitar||Feb 01|
|HARD ROCK HOTEL, LAS VEGAS||Have not stayed here, but plan to in the future....||Flying V shaped guitar with playing cards||May 01|
|18). BALTIMORE, MARYLAND||Although I hate Baltimore (Go Browns) I loved the setting in the old power station building along the Inner Harbor. We visited this one on Sept 12, 2001, place was empty and very quiet... We only went there because we did not want UBL to stop us from doing what we do... GOD Speed to NYC, D.C. and PA.||Blue and white Les Paul w/fishing net||Sept 01|
|19). AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS||Before being stationed in England I would have never dreamed of visiting the HRC's of Europe, but during an overnight (12 hours) layover in Amsterdam I got to visit my 20th HRC. This HRC was one of the biggest I visted with a cool multi-colored U-2 car hanging upside down in the entry way.||Tulip and Double neck Guitar||Mar 02|
|20). PARIS, FRANCE||On our first EU family get a way, we visited the "City Of Love" and the HRC Paris... Finding the cafe turned out to be a bit of a chore...but well worth it. Awesome picture of me and a "Hard Rock Chick"...||Blue Les Paul with "the Arc de triomphe" Guitar||June 02|
|My second trip to Germany but my first where I was going to have a chance to stop by a HRC. Wish I could tell ya it was worth the visit, but this HRC "SUCKED." It was a HRC in name only...no guitars, no outfits, no rock collection at all...I understand the whole franchise thing but some quality control needs to be in effect.||Black Les Paul Guitar||Dec 02|
|21). EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND||What a better way to ROCK in the new year then to visit the biggest New Eves Party in the UK "Hogmanay" and visit to the HRC. This HRC was well worth the visit, cool stain glass greeting you, and tons of cool stuff hanging on the wall. I even spotted a small display featuring the band I loved as a kid, the Bay City Rollers Rock. I couldn't help myself I picked up 3 pins and joined the all access club.||Multi colored Les Paul with depiction of Edinburgh Castle, a plaid colored "kilted" Les Paul and the New Years 2003 guitar girl pin||Jan 03|
|22). NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND||Michele and I had a free weekend without the kids so what better way to spend it then driving to Sherwood Forest with our puppy Hanna and spending time in Robin Hood's neck of the woods. And it did not hurt that there were two HRCs within easy driving distance......the only bummer out of the whole visit was that the cafe did not have any CITY guitar pins...I was not a happy camper but the manager promises to send me one...(I wrote the Headquarters). They did have a cool Blues Brother statue to stand buy...||No pin available
|23). BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND||On the way home from Sherwood forest we detoured an hour or so to hit another HRC....got to love Michele she is so easy going and can get me to any Hard Rock anywhere....again no city pins...I was not happy, but after expressing my unhappiness to the manager he sold me a Grand Opening pin. Well that helps but really....Stock City Guitar Pins!||All silver double necked Grand Opening pin from 2001||Jun 03|
|24). COLOGNE, GERMANY||While deployed in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Michele told me she wanted to go to Germany upon my return. Well can ya guess who came up with the idea of the HARD ROCK Germany power tour 2003? I've got to say Germany was one of the most beautiful places to vacation...and three HRCs to boot. Cologne was my 24th....||Cathedral pin and a cool flame guitar pin||Jul 03|
|25). MUNICH, GERMANY||After spending the day and night in Cologne we headed down the Rhine river visiting the wonderful castles..next stop Stuttgart and Munich...this hard rock was a little hard to find but what do you expect when all the street signs are in German and neither Michele or I speak the language...but we made it.||Wonderful Castle and coo coo clock pin, there is a name for this place but I can't spell it and a neat Germany bravian shorts guitar pin||Jul 03|
|26). BERLIN, GERMANY||Berlin is a city of history and one Awesome HRC...this place was right around the corner from our hotel...an easy Hard Rock to find with the Black Caddy sticking out of the building, that's a first for us.... Our waitress spoke 4 languages which made ordering our meal a lot easier. A lot of cool KISS up on the walls...Rock On...we completed our Germany Hard Rock tour visiting 4 Major cities in Germany in 11 days, over 2500 miles traveled and tons of great memories. Brian and Michele will ROCK on FOREVER....||Germany flag and Berlin city pin with Brandenburger Tor which used to be in East Berlin and the third pin from Berlin the limited edition Love Parade pin Love All Serve All, right?||Jul 03|
|27). PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA||Back in the USA....visiting family, buying a car, attending a conference for the US AIR FORCE and visiting my 27th HRC. Housed in a newer building on one of the famous Pittsburgh rivers, although not being a fan of the steel town (GO BROWNS), I still had a great time visiting with my Mom, Sister and her Husband Cliff. Rock on!||HRC multi-logo guitar, Brick special and a special shaped guitar.||Oct 03|
|28). ROME, ITALY||Departed on another work trip with snow in the air, late departure, missed connections = over night in Rome and another HRC...||Mar 04|
|29). CATANIA, SICILY||During visit to the HRC web site I saw that a new cafe was opening, and low and behold it opened the weekend I arrived on island. This cafe is not much to see on the outside, but it makes up for this short fall with a modern European look and feel on the inside, wonderful bar but could use a big American car over the bar, or a local little Fiat 500||Mar 04|
|30). DESTIN, FLORIDA||Visited this cafe while in the U.S. for an "Order of the Sword" event for departing AFSOC General Officer.||Vertical Double Neck guitar of the Destin Harbor area, Blue Marlin Sail Fish Guitar.||Oct 04|
|31). ATHENS, GREECE||Mar 05|
|32). DUBLIN, IRELAND||Jun 05|
|33). FOXWOODS, CONNECTICUT||Jessica and I went to this cafe for her graduation....I'm so proud of her. This was one nice cafe inside a casino.||
Vertical Guitar With Slot Machine Symbols On The Body Of The Guitar
|34). MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA||Visited this HRC with Michele and her Dad the day before the Bridge collapsed in the Twin Cities....we traveled across that bridge 24 hours before it fell. Somber....||Guitar with skyline of downtown Minneapolis and 2 geese flying over a lake||Aug 07|
|35). ST LOUIS, MISSOURI||During my last military TDY (to Scott, AFB) we had a night free and headed to the HARD ROCK....||Fender Guitar with Cityscape and Paddle Boat. Release Date Around 1/10/2005||Jun 08|
|36). MYRTLE BEACH, NORTH CAROLINA||Meet friends of ours, Kendra and Jeff at the HRC before running the Myrtle Beach 1/2 Marathon.||Feb 09|
|37). KEY WEST, FLORIDA||Great cafe on Duval St...good meals and allot of people watching. We really enjoyed the island, the performers at the Sq and my run around the island.||Conch shell shaped guitar, Key West hosts the annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest, celebrates the historic importance of the conch in the Keys.||Apr 10|
|38). PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA||Anthony and I hit the city for the Manchester United soccer game and with an extra hour or two we hit the HRC. Oh yea The Red Devils won and we almost got in a fight.||It is a vertical guitar with the Liberty Bell in the center of a red, white and blue bull's-eye on the base of it.||Jul 10|
|39). MIAMI, FLORIDA||Michele and I visited this HRC before we went out on the KLOVE Friends and Family cruise.||Feb 12|
|40). NASSAU, BAHAMAS||We visited this one during the second stop on the cruise, great Margaritas.....My 40th HRC||As a very busy Port of call, Nassau see thousands of tourists everyday through the cruise terminal. This pin is a white cruise ship with a blue guitar on her bow.||Feb 12|
I hope you enjoyed checking out my HRC pins and my experiences. The best thing about any HRC is the loud ROCK AND ROLL music which reminds me of what it was like to be young (and I'm not getting older). My kids have commented, "Daddy, boy its loud in here." I just smile and say....
"Yup...if it's to loud your too young or too old!"