Now I know that that sounds a bit corny. But I was standing near a guitar played by Muddy Waters. And near guitars played by Howlin' Wolf, John Lee Hooker and Bo Diddley. It's pretty amazing when you think about the effect that the fingers that played those strings had on the future of music.
At the same time, I saw guitars from Tim Armstrong of Rancid, Slash and Zakk Wylde. The museum absolutely treats rock and roll as a living, breathing thing and I think that that's so important. It's not just a wax museum. It's a museum about the music, not just the inductees.
There was a lot to love about the museum. I really dug the exhibit about protests against rock and roll. It's great to remember how scary the music was to the establishment at one point.
There was a cool exhibit with props from Pink Floyd's Wall tour. Amazing to have The Teacher looking down at you. The scope of that album still blows me away, but standing next to the pieces from that tour's stage really fosters your appreciation of what an ambitious project it was - a concept album, movie and stage show, conceived all at the same time. The big exhibit of the moment focuses on The Grateful Dead, but I only checked it out a bit.
Another theater had a film... I wasn't really sure what it was about, but it had interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Bono and Pete Townshend, among others. I've seen footage from these exact interviews before, but it's always fun to watch those guys wax about rock music. But there's one part where Townshend talks about his friends dying: Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Moon. "They may be your fucking icons, but they're MY fucking friends!" And another part where he talks about how guys like Eddie Vedder, Kurt Cobain and Ice-T will keep doing what he does, even if he stops.