In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Hard Rock has loaded up some of the most prized possessions in its collection and is taking that show on the road, hitting 32 locations across the USA throughout the summer.

The Hard Rock International 40th Anniversary Memorabilia Tour just kicked off in New York at the Times Square restaurant. It will travel to 32 other cafes around the USA in an 80-foot long double-wide truck specialy built to exhibit 64 memorable artifacts once owned by rock’s idols.

Some of the memorabilia displayed includes:
Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler’s stretchy blue-and-black striped shirt and pants with his trademark long, colorful scarf draping his microphone stand, Jimi Hendrix’s custom Gibson Flying V guitar at the Isle of Wight Festival concert in 1970 and his ‘Midnite Lightning’, complete with doodles and cross-outs, written on stationery from the Londonderry Hotel, where he was staying at the time. Also the mushroom-brown suede jacket that John Lennon wore on the cover of The Beatles’ 1965 “Rubber Soul” album and his handwritten lyrics for Imagine, as well as the creamy chamois jacket and pants from Peter Frampton’s “Frampton Comes Alive” album.

Check out photos of some of the memorabilia here: Rock celebrates 40 years of music memorabilia

Photo: Jack Gruber USA Today