updated September 11th, 2011
About a year ago, Montreal’s Hard Rock Cafe closed its doors.
It was established in a century old building on Crescent Street in the heart of downtown Montreal. It had a huge and very high skylight, typical of older Hard Rock Cafes around the world. Every Hard Rock Cafe boasts a wide variety of musical paraphernalia and often concentrates a little more on one or two artists. Montreal’s HRC was dedicated to the Beatles with a bright glasswork of Sgt.Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, also special attention was given to KISS and Guns & Roses who incited a riot 20 years ago. Why the Beatles in Montreal? Because Montrealers have a special (disproportionate) love for them, and this is where they held their Bed-Inn where they wrote and played “Give Pease a Chance”.
- JimiHendrix – HRC Montréal Beatles – HRC Montréal
Those who know me personally probably know of my passion for the Hard Rock Cafe. I have a collection of over 70 t-shirts from different locations, some like Montreal that have since closed. Many I’ve visited personally, others friends and family have gone out of their way for me while on their own trips. Here are a few more pictures of the now closed Hard Rock Café Montréal.
When they were closing, I went a few times and took advantage of 75% discount at the rock shop to buy loads of stuff for my friends, family and myself. You can find a complete gallery of all my Hard Rock Cafe t-shirts on Webshots where I also have galleries of Hard Rock Cafe location pics and me wearing my collection…
Here are my many Hard Rock Café Montréal t-shirts:
I published this post in French a year ago as it was closing and it has remained one of the most read and commented on my French blog. Please leave a comment if you’ve ever been to Montreal’s Hard Rock Cafe, or if you’re also a HRC junkie like me.
September 11th, 2011, update
I’ve just returned from a vacation in France (August 2011) where I not only visited the Hard Rock Cafe in Paris 3 times, but on our last diner there the manager came and talked with us for three quarters of an hour! It turns out that the current manager of HRC Paris was also the manager of HRC Montreal when it closed on September 25th 2009. He was responsible for the Hard Rock Cafes of eastern Canada (including Ottawa, Toronto and Niagara) before his return to France (his place of birth).
Please check out my new post continuing the story of HRC Montreal published on this blog on September 23rd, 2011 (2 years after the restaurant’s closing and 1 after this original post) which includes recent photos of where it stood (still stands) and reasons why it closed.
Also check out my complete list of all Hard Rock Cafe blog posts.