Check-in Desk: 5 places to worship your musical idols

A scene from Bee Gees Way, Redcliffe, Moreton Bay, Queensland. Photo / Russell Baillie
A scene from Bee Gees Way, Redcliffe, Moreton Bay, Queensland. Photo / Russell Baillie

The first international exhibition on rock 'n' roll legends the Rolling Stones opened this month at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Here are a few places around the world you can pay tribute tomusic's greatest icons.

1 Graceland, Memphis

Treat yourself to Elvis' favourite fried peanut butter and banana sandwich at his former mansion. It's a kitsch-lover's dream, from the shag-carpeted Jungle Room to Elvis' iconic jumpsuits. You can even pay your respects to the icon in the Meditation Garden, where Elvis and members of his family were laid to rest. graceland.com

2 Bee GeesWay, Redcliffe, Queensland
The Gibb brothers grew up in the Moreton Bay region and have been honoured with a multimedia celebration of their career that is free and open day and night. As well as a life-size statue of the brothers as young boys in Redcliffe, there are photos and album covers, home movie footage, nightly light shows and a 70m mural featuring artwork of Barry, Robin, Maurice and Andy Gibb.

3 The Beatles' Liverpool
Jump aboard the Magical Mystery Tour bus in the Beatles' hometown of Liverpool, England, and see all the places where John, Paul, George and Ringo used to hang out when they were growing up. You'll see their former homes and schools and see the places that inspired some of their famous songs - Penny Lane and Strawberry Field - before finishing up at the rebuilt version of the famous Cavern Club nightclub where the band played 292 times in their early years. If you want to see the famous Abbey Rd pedestrian crossing, though, you'll have to go to St John's Wood in London. cavernclub.org

4 Jim Morrison's grave, Paris
The gravesite of Doors' frontman Jim Morrison is one of the most famous in the world. The flamboyant frontman died in a bathtub in a Paris apartment in 1971, aged 27, of an apparent accidental heroin overdose, though the official cause of death is listed as "heart failure". You'll find his grave at the Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in the 20th arrondissement, one of the city's most popular tourist attractions.

5 Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
If you're in Tennessee for Graceland, it'd be a sin not to check out Dollywood as well. Owned by the larger-than-life country star Dolly Parton, the theme park pays tribute to her career with a replica of her Tennessee Mountain Home. There are also more than 40 rides on offer, including the upcoming Lightning Bolt - soon to be the world's fastest wooden roller coaster, themed after a 1950s hot rod. dollywood.com

- NZ Herald

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