Hamer 2001 Standard Coronado
"Hamer 2001 Standard Coronado Theatre
Rick has always been an enthusiastic supporter of his hometown of Rockford, Illinois. So, when a community group, Friends of The Coronado Theatre, asked him to support the organization's planned $18.5 million restoration of the elegant old vaudeville theatre just a few blocks from Burpee Museum, he quickly agreed.
When the theatre re-opened in 2001, Rick installed a signature checkerboard seat in the top row of the balcony, where he joked he took all his dates in his youth to view movies. He also teamed with Hamer Guitars and a British artist friend, Shannon ('the world's greatest Beatles artist'), to create two commemorative guitars; one of which he performed with, then donated to the Friends of The Coronado for an auction. The other, this guitar, remains in his personal collection.
Since 1927, when the Coronado was built, it has hosted vaudeville acts, movies, theatrical performances, comedians, high school graduations and music of all kinds - including Cheap Trick. A one-of-a-kind concert is scheduled for its wonderful stage in January 2013: Rick Nielson & Friends. The concert will benefit Burpee Museum's Rick's Picks exhibit and feature an all-star group of friends such as Dave Grohl, Slash, Robin Zander, Tom Petersson, Daxx Nielson and others."