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Posted on October 30, 2009 | Tags:

Hard Rock's newest cafe rocked its grand opening celebration last night, as Hard Rock Cafe Marbella celebrated its arrival on the scene in the heart of the Costa del Sol.

Javier Ojeda, from the legendary Spanish band Danza Invisible, provided the music all night long, as he performed an acoustic set with two other musicians. For his second set, Javier performed with Free Soul Band, a truly funky band from nearby Málaga, Spain. Yeah, the crowd was movin' and groovin'.

We just wanted to welcome the newest addition to the family. Congratulations, Hard Rock Cafe Marbella! You rock!

Posted on October 29, 2009 | Tags:
Artists and Special Guests Come Together to Help Put an End to Hunger and Poverty

Orlando, Fla., October 26, 2009 – Hard Rock International is teaming up with several top musicians and bands for its 2009 global IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER campaign to benefit WHY, a nonprofit organization that strives to fight against hunger and poverty in America and around the world.  On Monday, November 9, 2009, IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER will kick off at Hard Rock Cafe New York with a star-studded Red Carpet and Benefit Concert, headlined by Artist Ambassadors O.A.R., also featuring a performance by singer/songwriter Arno Carstens. Hard Rock’s exclusive event will feature appearances by several artists and other special guests who are committed to the cause.

Food for Rock . . .
Fans will have the chance to gain access into the exclusive, intimate benefit and concert event at Hard Rock Cafe New York by supporting the cause.  Beginning November 5th at 9 A.M., fans are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items to either The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network), located at 211 Fulton Ave in Hempstead, Long Island; the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, located at 31 Evans Terminal Road, Hillside, NJ; or Yorkville Common Pantry at Eight East 109th Street, New York City.  The first 100 fans (first-come, first-served) at each location to donate FIVE non-perishable food items will receive a wristband for access into Hard Rock’s V.I.P. event on November 9th. Fans who donate 10 or more items will receive two wristbands to gain entry into the event (limit two wristbands per person). For further details, please visit www.hardrock.com.

Imagine There’s No Hunger . . .
Setting the foundation for the 2009 IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER campaign, the event launches Hard Rock International’s SERVE4 digital album, a project dedicated to serving those in need.  Following John Lennon’s lead track “Gimme Some Truth,” donated by Yoko Ono Lennon, SERVE4 will also feature versions of rare, live or previously unreleased tracks from some of music’s most influential artists, including O.A.R., who donated a previously unreleased, live track of their hit “Lay Down.”.  Other featured artists include Elvis Costello with Allen Toussaint, Uncle Kracker, Eric Hutchinson, Arno Carstens, Brett Dennen and many more. SERVE4 will be available at Hard Rock locations around the world and on www.hardrock.com beginning November 9, 2009, with digital downloads available at iTunes and Amazon. 

We believe every human being has the right to thrive in this life,” said Marc Roberge of O.A.R. “By raising awareness and funds we hope to get closer to an end of world hunger so that all people can one day enjoy these most basic of rights.  We are honored to be working with Hard Rock International and WHY Hunger as Ambassadors for the ‘Imagine There’s No Hunger’ campaign.

Dedicated to its LOVE ALL, SERVE ALL motto, Hard Rock is donating 100% of net proceeds from SERVE4, additional “Imagine There’s No Hunger” merchandise and the kick-off event at Hard Rock Cafe New York to WHY and its grassroots partners around the globe that have developed ways to feed children worldwide who are victims of poverty and also teach them farming and entrepreneurial skills for the future.

WHAT:           
O.A.R. and Friends Kick Off IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER Campaign to Benefit WHY

WHEN:           
Monday, November 9, 2009

6:30 P.M.    
Red Carpet Begins

7:00 P.M.    
Doors Open

7:30 P.M.   
Arno Carstens performs

8:30 P.M.   
O.A.R. performs

WHERE: 
      
Hard Rock Cafe New York
1501 Broadway (Corner of 43rd)
Times Square, NY

MEDIA ACCESS:       
Please contact Meredith DeSanti or Kristen Hauser at 973-316-1665
(MDeSanti@coynepr.com) / (KHauser@coynepr.com)


About O.A.R.
Everfine/Atlantic recording group O.A.R. released their sixth studio album All Sides in the summer of 2008 helping to propel the band’s cumulative album sales to well over 1.7 million.  Containing the certified Platinum hit single “Shattered,” All Sides is the band’s most successful debut to date.  O.A.R., who are currently on tour, are made up of band members Marc Roberge (vocals, electric & acoustic guitar), Richard On (electric guitar & background vocals), Jerry DePizzo (saxophone), Benj Gershman (bass), and Chris Culos (drums). They formed in 1996 and have since blazed a unique grassroots trail across America, revealing their compelling musical vision through near-constant touring. In 2001, the band formed their own charitable fund called the Heard The World Fund (www.heardtheworld.org) to help provide resources for under funded educational and youth programs both in the U.S. and abroad. To date well over $200,000 has been raised and the majority of that money comes from the band donating a small portion of every ticket sold. The Heard the World Fund has also teamed up with The Children’s Scholarship Fund several times over the years to help raise funds for student’s tuitions. For more information about O.A.R., go to www.ofarevolution.com.

About WHY
WHY (World Hunger Year, Inc.) is dedicated to fighting the root causes of hunger and poverty by supporting grassroots organizations that create self-reliance, economic justice and equal access to nutritious and affordable food. Founded in 1975 by the late Harry Chapin and current Executive Director Bill Ayres, WHY works to put an end to hunger suffered by 36.2 million Americans and nearly 1 billion people worldwide. 

WHY's main programs include the National Hunger Hotline 1-866-3-HUNGRY, which refers individuals in need of emergency food assistance to soup kitchens, food banks, government programs and community organizations in their neighborhoods; the Grassroots Action Network, which provides information, networking opportunities, capacity building and access to over 8,000 anti-hunger and poverty community organizations across the United States and around the world; and Artists Against Hunger & Poverty which is supported by Bruce Springsteen, Michael McDonald, Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire, Joss Stone, Darryl McDaniels, Jackson Browne, O.A.R, and many others. www.whyhunger.org.

About Hard Rock International
With a total of 157 venues in 53 countries, including 127 cafes and 12 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, Macau and Penang.  Additional hotel and casino projects have been announced in Singapore scheduled to open 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 October 27, 2009 | Tags:

Recently, we were contacted by the editors of Guitar Legends magazine about providing some extra-cool stuff for their upcoming Beatles issue. We could have pulled out some of our “significant” memorabilia – stuff like original clothing, lyrics, or instruments – but we do that kind of thing all the time. For this project, we decided to dig into our massive collection of Beatles toys and ephemera so we could add a little kitsch factor.

There’s actually some historical significance to all this stuff. Prior to The Beatles’ rise to universal superstardom, the idea of using a rock band’s image and popularity to market an infinite number of ridiculous products was nonexistent. Today, of course, the marketing scheme often takes precedence over little details like songwriting, instrumental prowess, or the ability to sing without computer assistance. For the Beatles, the opposite was the case. In fact, all this junk was such an afterthought that when the Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, was approached by an entrepreneur named Nicky Byrne with an offer to manufacture and market Beatle toys and trinkets, he took the first deal Nicky offered. The offer was a 90/10 split with the group. That’s 90% to Nicky, not the Fab Four. Think about that for a minute.

Nicky immediately formed a company called “Seltaeb” (Beatles spelled backward – very clever) and proceeded to slap the boys’ names and faces on every piece of cheap junk he could think of. That’s why we have things like this Beatles ice cream bar:

And this hair brush (which is really a dog brush repackaged):

And the “official” ball point pen:

Here’s our favorite – the “Beatlephone” headphones. What could be cooler than a baby blue set of headphones with a couple Beatles stickers on them? This set has the original box, warranty card, and manual:

Brian Epstein was so mortified when he realized the size of the fortune he had signed away to Nicky Byrne, it was rumored that this was a contributing factor to his untimely death. The group eventually renegotiated the deal, but by then the genie was out of the bottle. From that point forward, rock bands factored branded junk into their overall financial plan. Just ask Gene Simmons.

For more Beatles ephemera go to: memorabilia.hardrock.com.

Posted on October 27, 2009 | Tags:

The Sopranos actor Vincent Pastore lent his hosting talents to the “WHY’s Guys Rock the Hard Rock” benefit at the Hard Rock Cafe New York on Oct. 22. The event kicks off WHY’s (World Hunger Year) annual Hungerthon, which raises funds and awareness for WHY’s programs and the community-based groups it supports. For additional information, visit hungerthon.org.

In this picture Michael Imperioli sings with his band La Dolce Vita.

WHY's Hungerthon is a program near and dear to our hearts. World Hunger Year is a leader in the fight against hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world. Hard Rock is very proud to be a part of their ongoing efforts. We just wanted to thank Vincent, Michael, and everyone who came out for the the cause.

Posted on October 26, 2009 | Tags:

Hard Rock International is teaming up with several top musicians and bands for its 2009 global IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER campaign to benefit WHY, a nonprofit organization that strives to fight against hunger and poverty in America and around the world.  On Monday, November 9, 2009, IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER will kick off at Hard Rock Cafe New York with a star-studded Red Carpet and Benefit Concert, headlined by Artist Ambassadors O.A.R., also featuring a performance by singer/songwriter Arno Carstens. Hard Rock’s exclusive event will feature appearances by several artists and other special guests who are committed to the cause.

Fans will have the chance to gain access into the exclusive, intimate benefit and concert event at Hard Rock Cafe New York by supporting the cause.  Beginning November 5th at 9 A.M., fans are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items to either The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network), located at 211 Fulton Ave in Hempstead, Long Island; the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, located at 31 Evans Terminal Road, Hillside, NJ; or Yorkville Common Pantry at Eight East 109th Street, New York City.  The first 100 fans (first-come, first-served) at each location to donate FIVE non-perishable food items will receive a wristband for access into Hard Rock’s V.I.P. event on November 9th. Fans who donate 10 or more items will receive two wristbands to gain entry into the event (limit two wristbands per person).

If you have any questions please email oarfooddrive@gmail.com.

Posted on October 26, 2009 | Tags:

10.26: On this day in 1993, Catholic churches in San Juan, Puerto Rico urged parishioners to come and tie black ribbons on trees in protest of an upcoming Madonna concert. Her S&M-flavored, burlesquey, cirque du Madonna show (The Girlie Show World Tour) came on the heels of Erotica, her best-selling album from the previous year, and her children's picture book, Sex, which teenage boys everywhere, for some reason, couldn't wait to get their hands on. Adding gallons of gasoline to the fire, during her show in Puerto Rico, Madonna rubbed the commonwealth's flag between her legs. Wow, we've never wished we were a flag before, but that show changed everything as far as that's concerned.

10.27: On this day in 1967, Scott Weiland was born. Oh, Scotty, Scotty, Scotty. What's up, man? We remember when Stone Temple Pilot's first video, "Sex Type Thing," hit the MTV at the height of grunge, and everyone thought it was grunge, but it wasn't grunge. It was you, Scotty. You, your tortured soul, and your bandmates, channeling equal parts Mistfits and Led Zeppelin and Danzig, joining the rock frenzy of those heady days, not really caring in which sub-genre you were lumped. Ah, it was a good time to be a rocker. What happened, Scotty? We think you have an epic rock voice, that you definitely look and act like a rock guy, and that your predilection for different types of music only add to your oeuvre, but we haven't again felt that rush we felt all the way back in '92, when our eyes gazed upon the MTV, and we whispered to ourselves, "Wow, this band's got it going on." We know you still got it in you, Scotty, and we'll wait patiently for the day it finally re-emerges.

10.31: Robert Matthew Van Winkle joined us this day in 1968. Wait, what? You've never heard of Robert Matthew Van Winkle? Well, when you tell you the name that most of us know him by, you'll wish we hadn't. Still want to know? Vanilla Ice. There, we said it. Vanilla Ice. Man, we feel so dirty. The simple fact that more people know "Ice Ice Baby" than know the immaculate, incredible, indelible Queen and David Bowie collaboration of "Under Pressure" (from whence Ice's "song" sampled its amazing riffs and beats) makes us cringe, cry, and scream in anger, all at the same time. Ice's thankfully short-lived chart and cultural popularity will forever be one of those things (like "Disco Duck" and Ashley Simpson and '80s hairstyles) that everyone collectively looks back on and hates themselves for having taken part in, if only by way of know what and who they are.

11.01: On this day in 1962, F.I.S.T. star and Red Hot Chili Peppers singer, Anthony Kiedis, was born. Though the Chili Peppers have been around since the mid-'80s, they didn't really show up on the "mainstream" radar until their Mother's Milk album in 1989, with its killer cover of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground." The next album, however, is the one that launched them into superstardom, when they released Blood Sugar Sex Magik in 1991. Selling more than 13 million copies, this album melded their signature sound with a collection of vivid and memorable videos for the songs "Give It Away", "Under The Bridge", and "Suck My Kiss". As well, Mr. Kiedis' hybrid of singing and rapping heralded the emergence an entirely new subgenre within rock, built from funk, hip-hop, and hard rock, for better and worse. From this new sound emerged both the greatness of Rage Against The Machine and the dregs of the Kottonmouth Kings. A two-edged sword, indeed, but we wouldn't have it any other way. Happy birthday, Mr. Kiedis!

Posted on October 22, 2009 | Tags:

Though it's been open for a little while now, Hard Rock Cafe Penang will officially celebrate the opening of its doors this Saturday, with a grand opeing party the likes of which Batu Feringghi hasn't seen or heard maybe ever. Yeah, it's gonna rock.

Attending the grand opening event will be VIPs from the many corners of the Malaysian government, royalty, and entertainment worlds. Music, of course, will be central to the entire party, as musical performances will run the gamut from swing and pop standard master Arthur Manunta to Malaysian superstars Ella and Zainal Abidin to Groove Company, the Hard Rock Hotel Penang house band. Along with a fashion show, dancers, fire breathers, and DJs, this grand opening will truly be one-of-a-kind. If you haven't been to Hard Rock Cafe Penang yet, you don't know what you're missing.

Posted on October 21, 2009 | Tags:

The Allman Brothers Band rocked Hard Rock Live at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, FL, last night as part of Hard Rock's Ambassadors of Rock Tour, a concert series featuring top artists and bands, designed to spread the universal language of rock. With Gregg Allman on keys, the dual guitar attack of Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks, Otiel Burbridge on bass, and the massive percussive force of Butch Trucks, "Jaimoe" Johanson, and Marc Quiñones, the bands' enthusiasm met the sold-out crowd's enthusiasm head on, each feeding off the others' engergies, each in those special moments you only come across during a live performance.

Before the show, the band autographed several special guitars that will be donated to the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital for a charity auction. This amazing hospital is designed to promote and support a mutually beneficial partnership between families and healthcare professionals in caring for children.

We just wanted to thank the amazing audience, the always incredible band members (individually and as a whole), and everyone involved behind the scenes, from the staffs at Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood, FL, to Hard Rock Live Hollywood, FL, to Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, FL. What an exhilerating night!

Posted on October 20, 2009 | Tags:

Since launching at the beginning of this month with a stellar performance by The Bangles at Hard Rock Hotel Orlando and an kick-ass promotional tour by Melissa Etheridge in New York and D.C. that included her singing in-flight aboard a pink Delta plane (believe it!), Pinktober has been raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research all over the world. This week is no exception.

Some of the highlights this week include:

And those are just the tip of the iceburg. Check out our Pinktober page for a calendar of all Pinktober events going on at Hard Rock Cafes around the world.

www.hardrock.com/promo/pinktober09

Posted on October 20, 2009 | Tags:

Join Hard Rock Cafe Detroit as they host another free River Session featuring Ingrid Michaelson. Catch Ingrid up close and personal for an intimate set before she heads over to her sold out shows at The Ark in Ann Arbor. The show starts at 4:00, so get to the Cafe ahead of time to get a good seat. Remebmer, it's free and all ages are welcome!

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