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ROCK MUSEUM IS ALMOST READY TO ROLL

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Workers on Wednesday were busy putting the finishing touches on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in anticipation of Friday's ribbon-cutting ceremony for the spectacular $92 million, waterfront museum.

The last exhibit - the guitar and amplifier setup used by the late John Cipollina of Quicksilver Messenger Service - was put in place Wednesday, and the six-story pyramid-shaped lobby still smelled of paint fumes.Part Hard Rock Cafe, part Smithsonian Institution, the museum commemorates the music's past and present - from Woody Guthrie to Pearl Jam - with an extraordinary scope that never loses the focus on the music. All the glitz and glamour are recounted along with the more serious sides of rock.

A parade through downtown Cleveland will arrive at the North Shore Harbor site Friday around noon, when the museum, 10 years in the making, will finally open to the public. Museum executives predict a million visitors in the first year. More than 9,000 people a day are expected to attend this weekend alone.

An all-star concert at the adjacent Cleveland Stadium will celebrate the event Saturday night and will be broadcast live by Home Box Office. The concert will feature more than 20 acts, including Aretha Franklin, John Fogerty, Little Richard, Bruce Springsteen and James Brown.

Inside the museum, four Trabants, the East German cars that decorated the set of U2's Zoo TV tour, hang above the vast main entrance lobby, open to the sunlight thanks to the striking design of architect I.M. Pei. One floor below is the Ahmet Ertegun Exhibition Hall, the museum's main arena, named after the founder of Atlantic Records and co-chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Six floors above, the sepulchral Hall of Fame itself, a hushed tower room built to hold no more than 30 people at a time, is reached through a darkened circular stairway.