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Posted on August 31, 2009 | Tags:

Hard Rock Hotel Chicago and Gibson Guitar introduce “CHECK IN, ROCK OUT,” a new guest program in which both professionals and amateurs can jam in the privacy of their own room without disturbing those around them, thanks to the Line 6 pocket pod and a pair of headphones. Guests can choose from a wide variety of electric and acoustic guitars, such as the ES-335, Les Paul Custom Cherry Sunburst, the all-new SG Carved Top Autumn Burst, a Jack Casady Gold Bass, a Montana J-45, a Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC, the classic Hummingbird or a variety of many others. 

As there is no charge or time limit to the program, guests are encouraged to sample the guitars and keep them for as long as they stay at the hotel.  Plans are in the works for a Gibson in-room channel dedicated to guitar lessons, as well as on-site jam sessions. 

To learn more about this program, visit http://www.hardrockhotelchicago.com/services-amenities/gibson/index.cfm


 

Posted on August 31, 2009 | Tags:

08.31: Van Morrison, he of moondancing and G-L-O-R-I-A fame, was born on this day in 1945.

09.01: R.L. Burnside, the 78-year old blues veteran whom every music lover should’ve and should still know, died on this day in 2005. For real, seek out his burly, hill country blues.

09.01: The very first release, titled U2-3, by a little Irish band called U2, flew onto the scene on this day way back in 1979. Containing a mere three tracks, hence the title, the EP earned the guys critical praise and music awards. The first of much and many, respectively.

09.01: INXS performed for the first time under that name on this day in 1979. Before that, the band, simply known as The Farriss Brothers, already did things in excess, but after that the band name seemed a bit more apropos.

09.02: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened its doors on this day in 1995 in Cleveland, Ohio, forever enshrining all that is awesome and good about rock and roll, rhythm and blues, hip-hop, country, and most other genres of which one could think. Cleveland had long argued its position as the birthplace of rock and roll, with the actual coining of the term by Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed, in lobbying to be the home of the Hall of Fame, beating out Memphis, Cincinnati, and New York.

09.02: On this day in 1970, Genesis placed an add for a drummer in Melody Maker magazine. Phil Collins answered the ad. Lucky for us that he did. Otherwise, who knows if the world ever would have experienced the mysticism and enchantment that is "Easy Lover.”

09.04: The Animals, they of “House of the Rising Sun," one of the first salvos in the British Invasion of the ‘60s, played their first show in the U.S. at the Paramount Theater in Brooklyn on this day in 1964. America would very quickly become Brit-happy day trippers, rolling like stones and thinking ‘bout tambourine men.

09.04: The Beatles “Love Me Do” became recorded reality, for the 2nd of 3 times, on this day in 1962 at Abbey Road Studios. It’d been recorded a few months earlier with The Beatles’ first drummer, Pete Best. After Ringo joined the group, they re-recorded it. Their producer, George Martin, however, didn’t like Ringo’s drumming, so another version, the one people are most familiar with, was recorded one week later using a session drummer. Ringo was still on that version, though. He played the tambourine.

09.05: Aerosmith didn’t miss a thing on this day in 1998 when the biggest hit of their career, their one and only #1 song, hit the top of the charts and remained there for four weeks. Can you guess which song it was? If you guessed “Sweet Emotion,” you are a loser.

09.05: On this day in 1946, Freddie Mercury, lover of champions, fat-bottomed girls, Scaramouche, and fandangos, was born. The frontman’s frontman, Mercury’s stage presence would never be equaled by anyone, ever. The man couldn’t not be cool.

09.05: On this day in 1992, John Cougar Mellencamp pounced on his matrimonial prey. The rocker married model Elaine Irwin after the two met when she was hired to appear on a Mellencamp album cover. And so, the long line of model-rocker marriages would remain intact, though the Mellencamps, who are still married, seem to have bucked the subsequent trend of model-rocker divorces that’ve hit the likes of Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, and Rod Stewart.

09.06: On this day in 1944, Roger Waters was born. Fortunately, there weren’t any floating pigs, walls, or dark sides of any moons in the delivery room. Those would come later when Roger and his little band that could, Pink Floyd, took over the world.

Posted on August 31, 2009 | Tags:

Hard Rock Hotel Chicago and Gibson Guitar introduce “CHECK IN, ROCK OUT,” a new guest program in which both professionals and amateurs can jam in the privacy of their own room without disturbing those around them, thanks to the Line 6 pocket pod and a pair of headphones. Guests can choose from a wide variety of electric and acoustic guitars, such as the ES-335, Les Paul Custom Cherry Sunburst, the all-new SG Carved Top Autumn Burst, a Jack Casady Gold Bass, a Montana J-45, a Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC, the classic Hummingbird or a variety of many others. 

As there is no charge or time limit to the program, guests are encouraged to sample the guitars and keep them for as long as they stay at the hotel.  Plans are in the works for a Gibson in-room channel dedicated to guitar lessons, as well as on-site jam sessions. 

To learn more about this program, visit hardrockhotelchicago.com

Posted on August 28, 2009 | Tags:

Check it out, y'all. Chickenfoot recently stopped by Hard Rock Cafe New York do donate a guitar signed by all the guys in the band. The guitar will be part of an upcoming charity event.

What's that you say? Don't know who Chickenfoot is? Just one of your everyday, run-of-the-mill supergroups.

Check this out to see who's in the band: http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/slideshow/photo//090817/482/0f5a8e2fa10142c299ceda4f9e06c3b8/

Posted on August 28, 2009 | Tags:

Last night, at Hard Rock Live Orlando, the Ambassadors of Rock worldwide tour touched down for an exhilarating gig by O.A.R., who brought their road-tested sound to a packed house. The guys in the band even took time out to donate some items, including a setlist, a drumhead, and a cymbal (all signed by each member), to Hard Rock's ever-growing collection of music memorabilia. Even better, though, is the fact that the entire evening also raised money for Global Angels, one of Hard Rock's favorite charities.

Ambassadors of Rock, Hard Rock Live Orlando, O.A.R.

 

Indie singer/songwriter Brett Dennen opened the show with his signature pop/folk sound, getting the audience warmed up and moving. Brett's laid back style makes the whole music thing seem easy, but looks are deceiving, of course, because it's not easy being that good. Brett was in the zone, as always.



O.A.R., which stands for Of A Revolution, by the way, came out charging, opening their monster set with a reggae-tinged island vibe that immediately got the house moving. From there, the party never stopped, even when it slowed down a bit for a more intimate, slightly mellower run of songs. O.A.R. stormed through a plethora of material (they have a lot, ya know) and gave the crowd just what it needed: good times, great songs, and yet another excellent Ambassadors Of Rock show.

Were you at this show? If you were and you snapped some pics, head on over the the Ambassadors of Rock Photo Stash to upload them and share them with the world. Do it. Do it now.

Ambassadors of Rock, Hard Rock Live Orlando, O.A.R.

 

Posted on August 27, 2009 | Tags:

Show your commitment to breast cancer awareness this October by celebrating Pinktober, Hard Rock's campaign for breast cancer awareness. Hard Rock Cafes and Hotels everywhere are hosting Pinktober parties and live music events, raising awareness and money for local, national, and international charities.

Hard Rock Hotel Bali announces the launch of its Pinktober events through an online auction of a Kelly Slater-signed surfboard, sales of a collectable Pinktober T-shirt, as well as a “Pink For A Cure” Cocktail at Centerstage. Proceeds will benefit The Indonesian Cancer Foundation and other local cancer charities.

Kelly Slater is an American professional surfer known for his competitive prowess and style. Slater has been crowned ASP World Champion a record 9 times, including 5 consecutive titles from 1994–98. He is the youngest (at age 20) and the oldest (at age 36) to win the title and is the most successful.

Slater has signed this collector’s item surfboard, generously donated by Quiksilver Indonesia to support breast cancer awareness and research. Bidding begins in October, so check back at Hard Rock Hotel Bali's website to bid and to help support breast cancer research. You might also get on Kelly's good side. You know you want to.

Posted on August 27, 2009 | Tags:

PARTY THE NIGHT AWAY HARD ROCK-STYLE
FLAME BAR, LEVEL 2, CITY OF DREAMS
This Saturday Night ¦ 29 August 2009 ¦ 9pm till late

Time to show off your body before summer’s over! Come and groove with our guest DJ and bikini clad dancers at Hard Rock Hotel Macau. There will be cool summer cocktails, prize giveaways and complimentary drinks for players. Get a group of friends together and come party with us Hard Rock-style.

 

Posted on August 27, 2009 | Tags:
Orlando, Fl., August 27, 2009 – Hard Rock International is proud to announce that the Grammy® Award-winning Black Eyed Peas will headline six concerts in Japan as part of Hard Rock International’s 2009 Ambassadors of Rock Tour, a global concert series featuring top artists and bands. The Black Eyed Peas, currently touring the globe, will take the stage as part of Hard Rock’s Ambassadors of Rock Tour and perform songs from the band’s newest release The E.N.D., including “Boom Boom Pow” and “I Gotta Feeling.” The Black Eyed Peas also recently made Hot 100 history, when the group became the first-ever to top the music chart for 20 consecutive weeks.

Hard Rock will bring The Black Eyed Peas to the stage for six Ambassadors of Rock performances, including shows at the Hamamatsu Arena in Hamamatsu on September 15th, the Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya on September 18th, Makuhari Messe in Tokyo on September 19th, the Osaka-Jo Hall in Osaka on September 21st, the Kobe World Memorial Hall in Kobe on September 22nd and Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo on September 23rd.

It's so fresh to perform in Japan!” said Fergie. “Especially because I can't wait to introduce this new Black Eyed Peas show to the fans. It's amazing!

Our Ambassadors of Rock Tour kicked off in London with Hard Rock Calling featuring legendary musicians like Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young,” said Sean Dee, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Hard Rock International. “As Hard Rock’s Ambassadors of Rock Tour continues its journey across the globe, we are proud to partner with the internationally-acclaimed Black Eyed Peas, a group that brings both energy and excitement to the Japanese leg of our international tour.

Rockin’ Around the Globe!
For the fourth consecutive year, Ambassadors of Rock will bring together Hard Rock Cafes, Live venues, Hotels and Casinos around the globe to help spread the universal language of rock. Nine Inch Nails joins an eclectic group of artists on Hard Rock’s 2009 Ambassadors of Rock Tour, including O.A.R. in Orlando, Kenny Chesney in New York and an all-star lineup at Hard Rock Calling in London with Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, The Killers, Dave Matthews Band, Ben Harper and Relentless 7, Fleet Foxes and The Gaslight Anthem.

Pack Your Bags and Get A Passport!
Once again, as part of the global celebration, consumers will have the chance to live the life of a rock star, traveling the world to Hard Rock’s Ambassadors of Rock concerts. Consumers will be able to enter the global sweepstakes via www.HardRock.com. Concert details and additional events will be announced this summer. For updated concert details and additional events, visit www.HardRock.com.

For more information, please visit www.hardrock.com.

About Hard Rock International
With a total of 156 venues in 52 countries, including 127 cafes and 11 Hotels/Casinos, Hard Rock International is one of the world's most globally recognized brands. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. In addition to the two flagship Seminole Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Fla., Hard Rock Hotels/Casinos are located in Las Vegas, Biloxi, Orlando, Chicago, San Diego, Tulsa, Pattaya, Bali and Macau. Additional hotel and casino projects have been announced in Penang, scheduled to open in 2009; Singapore in 2010; Palm Springs, Atlanta and Panama, scheduled to open in 2011; Hungary, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, scheduled to open in 2012. Hard Rock International is owned by Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Inc. For further details on Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos, visit www.hardrockhotels.com. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.
Posted on August 27, 2009 | Tags:

HARD ROCK HOTEL BALI
ANNOUNCES “PINKTOBER” MONTH
Initiatives throughout the Month of September - October
To Benefit Breast Cancer Research

Kelly Slater signed Surfboard, Quiksilver Limited-Edition Collectable, Hard Rock Merchandise and “Pink For A Cure” Cocktail to Raise Funds to Helping Stop Breast Cancer

Show your commitment to breast cancer awareness this October by celebrating Pinktober. Hard Rock Hotel Bali announces the launch of its Pinktober efforts to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research through an online auction from a Kelly Slater-signed surfboard, sales of a collectable Pinktober T-shirt, as well as a “Pink For A Cure” Cocktail at Centerstage. Proceeds will benefit The Indonesian Cancer Foundation and other local cancer charities.

Kelly Slater

Robert Kelly Slater, known as Kelly Slater, is an American professional surfer known for his competitive prowess and style. Slater has been crowned ASP World Champion a record 9 times, including 5 consecutive titles from 1994–98. He is the youngest (at age 20) and the oldest (at age 36) to win the title and is the most successful. In May 2005, in the final heat of the Billabong Tahiti Pro contest at Teahupoo, Slater became the first surfer ever to be awarded two perfect scores for a total 20 out of 20 points under the ASP two-wave scoring system. Since 1990, Slater has been sponsored primarily by surfwear industry giant Quiksilver.

Slater has signed this collector’s item surfboard generously donated by Quiksilver Indonesia to supportbreast cancer awareness and research.

About The Indonesian Cancer Foundation

  • A non-profit organization dedicated to funding innovative clinical and genetic research
  • YKI endorses the men and women who are developing the most innovative ideas in medical research.
  • Visit www.kankerindo.org

Posted on August 26, 2009 | Tags:

We've been listening to a lot of incendiary blues around the Memorabilia department this week, as we remember Stevie Ray Vaughan - who died in a helicopter crash 19 years ago this week. Stevie’s death was incredibly depressing and a total shock. Having recently kicked a long-time drug habit, he was at a personal and professional peak. It just seemed so damn unfair. The man they called “Guitar Hurricane” had somehow managed to inject the tried-and-true blues licks, that every guitarist had beaten into the ground, with a level of fire and enthusiasm that made them seem so fresh and vital. His talent bordered on the supernatural.

19 years ago, Stevie played a triumphant gig at the Alpine Valley Music Theater in Wisconsin with Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, and his brother Jimmie (what a gig!). After the show, he boarded a helicopter for a flight to Chicago. Almost immediately upon takeoff, the chopper slammed into a nearby ski slope, killing Stevie and four other occupants. He was only 35 years old. Take a minute to imagine what he could have given the music world over the last two decades.

We've got a few wonderful pieces of memorabilia from his short life, but this Maori fishhook necklace is our favorite. Stevie wore it almost constantly in the '80s, and any Vaughn fan will recognize it immediately. We've also got a setlist from a show he did with Jeff Beck in 1989. For more from our Stevie collection, visit our interactive memorabilia website. Now go put on Texas Flood and turn it up to 11 - that's the best way to remember Stevie Ray.

 

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