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The Hardrock as it stands today - more garden rock and carpet roll these days (sorry). Asyou can tell from the amount of cars, this was taken on a sunday.

I'm told the structure and building are pretty much the same as it was as a venue - does anyone remember what was on top of the tower bit?
Artefact added : 4th May 2009
by OT
jsz Says –
"garden rock" - what's that when it's at home?
COMMENT ADDED 4th May 2009
OT Says –
its what you make a rockery from...
COMMENT ADDED 4th May 2009
isweariwasthere Says –
The only thing about the tower I remember is the neon sign "The Village" ,The original entrance was just below this,many a battle took place on that car park, which ultimately closed the venue
COMMENT ADDED 4th May 2009
OT Says –
'the village' to what...
COMMENT ADDED 4th May 2009
isweariwasthere Says –
The venue was originally called the Village/Hardrock on disco night fri/sat it was the Village and for concerts it was Hardrock, there was another in the chain located in Bournemouth
COMMENT ADDED 4th May 2009
bouncy Says –
I'm sure Morrissey remembered what it looked like as he lived around the corner on Kings Road. Fighting and vandalism caused a lot of venues to close down and there wasn't that many around where bands could play. Most of them were old run down places that had been heavily vandalised by outsiders,not punks! The councils weren't keen on hippies and punks and did nothing to help.I think they wanted everyone to llike ABBA and Brotherhood of Man.I remember going to The Mayflower/Fun house on Sunday afternoons,trying to tidy the place up.The toilets had been heavily vandalised,not by punters.We just wanted bands to have somewhere to play. I remember a huge outcry when Rafters became 'Travolta's Walk' for while in1978!
COMMENT ADDED 4th May 2009
OT Says –
yes - i saw moz at the cricket ground and he made a comment about playing here, and also about his school - neither of which i can remember!
COMMENT ADDED 4th May 2009
jsz Says –
not playing there, seeing Bowie or T-Rex there (probably).
COMMENT ADDED 5th May 2009
OT Says –
sorry yes -that's right, it was the new york dolls...
COMMENT ADDED 5th May 2009
jsz Says –
From Morrissey-solo: "He then told a story about how he still had a ticket from 1972 for a New York Dolls concert that should have taken place in the old Hard Rock that is now a B&Q. But their drummer died. "
COMMENT ADDED 5th May 2009
bilko21 Says –
According to my research T-Rex did not play there - but might have filmed some episodes of Rock on with 45 and Lift Off With Ayshea there - some episodes of Rock on 45 remain in Granda's vaults but no Lift Off ones - all wiped - The neon sign said VILLAGE on certain nights and HARDROCK on others -
COMMENT ADDED 13th May 2009
adge1956 Says –
I thought it was a Statue of Liberty thing - tho' its is a while ago - and I was generally a bit the worse for wear whenever I went there...
COMMENT ADDED 13th May 2009
jeffreyone Says –
In the early '60s I remember the Hardrock venue as a Top Rank Bowling Alley, we, as Dave Plumb and Stones, used to go now and again as Dave lived nearby. When it became Hardrock later in the '60s I saw Yes, Led Zepp and Purple play there. One side of the place had seats, the other side you sat on the floor, I can vividly remember the strong smell of joss sticks. The tower, from what I can remember, had "Top Rank" in neon lights plastered all over it..
COMMENT ADDED 31st October 2009
miked Says –
Prior to its days as the Hardrock when it was a bolwing alley (it was originally built as a bowling alley) the tower had a neon bowling ball which worked its way bottom to top and knocked over a neon skittle.
COMMENT ADDED 23rd December 2009
bill dwyer Says –
I saw bob marley 1974 I think.
COMMENT ADDED 1st July 2017
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