The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will launch its Cars & Guitars of Rock 'n' Roll exhibit with a gala Thursday night (June 14). The show -- which features 30 cars and 75 custom guitars

The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will launch its Cars & Guitars of Rock 'n' Roll exhibit with a gala Thursday night (June 14). The show -- which features 30 cars and 75 custom guitars -- honors 50 years of rock music and the automobile's role in it.

"Tonight Show" host Jay Leno and ZZ Top's Billy F. Gibbons will be the gala's honorary hosts. Vehicles on display include a hotrod belonging to Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, Cher's 1956 Ford pickup truck, Coolio's Humvee, Elton John's 1949 Delahaye, Sammy Hagar's 1967 Shelby Mustang, Rod Stewart's 1983 Ferrari, and Eric Clapton's 1966 Cadillac DeVille.

"It's not just a case of getting from A to B, it's how you get there," Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer said as he prepared his Harley-Davidson motorcycle for the exhibit, which will open to the public Friday and run through the end of the year.

"It could be considered passe to say that a musician and his wheels seem to be a synonym, almost like part of the stage gear and as important as the individuality of the music itself," Emerson said when asked about the music-and-cars link. "Paradoxically, the demands and expectations of a touring musician can get carried over into a paradigm with the same demands expected from his machine."


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