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Hard Rock's Newest Location Will Offer Guests A Luxury Environment Combined With A Unique Music Vibe

Orlando, Fla., January 28, 2010 – Calling all rock stars! Hard Rock Cafe Seattle is looking for local talent to play one of Seattle’s most intimate and state-of-the art live venues. The 400-person-capacity venue on the second level of the new Cafe is outfitted with video screens and a top-of-the-line concert sound and lighting system, making it the perfect spot for your next gig. Hard Rock’s tradition of showcasing iconic and emerging talent will continue on Seattle’s newest stage. 

Bands and solo acts are encouraged to submit materials for any of the three following opportunities:

Nightly Live Music
Hard Rock Cafe Seattle’s venue will host live music three to four nights per week, with a focus on weekends. Hard Rock is looking to book local, regional and national touring artists in the space. Hard Rock embraces a tremendous variety of artists across all genres. From grunge to blues to reggae to pop to R&B to punk to country and everything in between, the Cafe will work with both iconic and emerging artists and intends to be a vital part of the thriving Seattle music scene. 

Monthly Residency Program
Tuesday nights will play host to something Seattle hasn’t seen in a while…monthly residencies. Artists will play shows at Hard Rock every Tuesday for a month. This will be an opportune time for labels to showcase newly signed artists or for bands to rehearse new material and build their local fan base.

All Ages Sunday Matinee Shows
Sunday afternoons at Hard Rock will cater to rockers of all ages. Parents will be able to bring their families and young adults under 21 can enjoy music in an authentic rock ‘n’ roll environment.
 
WHAT:             
Hard Rock Cafe Seattle to Book Local Talent for Live Music Venue

CONTACT:   
Colleen Flynn               
Senior Talent Buyer           
Hard Rock International           
(407) 370-5900               
colleen_flynn@hardrock.com

Amy Bauer
Venue/Local Talent Contact
Hard Rock Cafe Seattle
(206) 204-2233
amy_bauer@hardrock.com


About Hard Rock International

With a total of 162 venues in 52 countries, including 130 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, Pattaya, Bali, Macau and Penang.  Additional hotel and casino projects have been announced in: Singapore and Punta Cana, scheduled to open in 2010; Panama, scheduled to open in 2012; and Atlanta, Hungary, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, scheduled to open in 2013.  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.

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Hard Rock's Newest Location Will Offer Guests A Luxury Environment Combined With A Unique Music Vibe

Orlando, Florida, January 26, 2010 - Hard Rock International proudly announces the opening of Hard Rock Hotel Singapore. Launched with a ceremonial lion dance and ribbon-cutting, the luxurious, 360-room hotel is part of Resorts World Sentosa, a US $4.4 billion resort destination on Sentosa Island.

Opened in January 2010, the 49-hectare Resorts World Sentosa is Singapore’s first integrated family resort destination, complete with Southeast Asia’s first and only Universal Studios theme park, the world’s largest Marine Life Park, six unique hotels offering 1,800 rooms, more than 60 dining outlets and a casino.

Hard Rock properties offer stylish and contemporary design, unparalleled service and the thread that unites them all – music. The properties are situated in resort destinations with unique character and tourist appeal as well as in urban gateway cities. Hard Rock Hotels cater to the evolving and distinctive needs of today’s experienced, modern travelers, who seek a reprieve from traditional, predictable properties, whether for business or leisure travel.

The highly anticipated Hard Rock Hotel Singapore is a welcome addition to the Hard Rock Hotel portfolio,” says Hamish Dodds, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hard Rock International.  “This development and our relationship with Genting Group and Resorts World complement Hard Rock Hotel’s expansion strategy in premier locations worldwide, and will serve as a perfect backdrop for the continued growth of Hard Rock’s portfolio.

The Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, a nearly $223 million venture, is one of six unique destination hotels at Resorts World Sentosa, which include Festive Hotel, Crockfords Tower, Hotel Michael, Equarius Hotel and Spa Villas. The hotel offers 360 keys (including nine suites and 351 rooms), modern conference facilities with 26 meeting rooms and Asia's largest column-free ballrooms with seating for 7,300 guests. Featuring the latest in audio-visual equipment, the ballroom will be an ideal venue for concerts, seminars, performances and banquets and can be further subdivided into smaller ballrooms or separate conference halls for more intimate affairs. The Rock Pool, a quintessential Hard Rock element, is a focal area for both music and relaxation, as well as a social gathering place.

The Hard Rock Hotel guest rooms incorporate Hard Rock’s tradition of providing luxury, quality service and amenities with a distinctive music edge. A retreat for chic jet-setters, Hard Rock Hotel Singapore is also the perfect family destination.  Deluxe twin rooms can accommodate up to five guests, with an extra pull-out bed for kids.

The hotel offers destination dining venues and high-energy bar locations providing both locals and hotel guests a place to see and be seen. Starz Restaurant, a stylish modern restaurant designed in contemporary style, offers a relaxing al fresco dining area overlooking the Rock Pool. Inspired by the healthy and energetic lifestyle of Singapore, the restaurant’s buffet-style dining with live cooking stations complements an A la Carte menu with the culinary flavors of Morocco, Europe, Middle East and Australia. The Rock Bar, located on the second level of the hotel, is a trendy lounge and bar complete with a DJ spinning rock and techno music. The menu features a selection of premium wines, liquors and champagnes, as well as Hard Rock’s famous cocktails. Finally, the award-winning Rang Mahal Group’s latest dining concept of Indian cuisine is housed at the Hard Rock Hotel Singapore. With the dining mood and décor inspired by the colorful celebrations of India using vivid colors and ethnic Indian instruments, the stylish restaurant pays tribute to “a celebration of Indian cuisine” with its menu highlighting classical Indian favorites as well as new, trendy dishes that embody the new generation of fusion flavors.

Chief Executive Officer of Resorts World Sentosa, Mr. Tan Hee Teck said, “We are excited to welcome our guests to the renowned Hard Rock Hotel in Singapore. As a family destination with two of Asia’s largest attractions, Universal Studios Singapore and the Marine Life Park, we believe that Hard Rock Hotel adds not only sizzle to our appeal, but excitement to accommodation options in the region.’’  

The Seminole Tribe of Florida is excited about the opening of our newest Hard Rock development in Southeast Asia,” noted Jim Allen, CEO of Seminole Gaming and Chairman of Hard Rock International. “It’s a testament to the brand that we have such incredible strategic partners and ample opportunity for global growth in emerging locations.

About Hard Rock International

With a total of 162 venues in 52 countries, including 130 cafes and 13 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, Pattaya, Bali, Macau, Penang and Singapore.  Additional hotel and casino projects have been announced in Punta Cana, scheduled to open in 2010; Panama, scheduled to open in 2012; and Atlanta, Hungary, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, scheduled to open in 2013. 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.

About Resorts World Sentosa
Slated to be one of the world’s most exciting family destinations, Resorts World Sentosa is a collection of six hotels and attractions with fun-filled offerings for the entire family. Taking pride of place on Singapore’s Sentosa island and spanning 49 hectares, this S$6.59 billion (US$4.4 billion) destination will be home to Southeast Asia’s first and only Universal Studios theme park, the world’s largest Marine Life Park, a destination spa – ESPA and a designer casino decked with exciting gaming opportunities.  Six unique hotels complemented by creative meeting facilities, world-class shows and public entertainment, as well as celebrity dining and shopping options at FestiveWalk complete the experience. Resorts World at Sentosa began its phase opening with four hotels, on 20 January 2010.

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Orlando, Fla., January 27, 2010 – Hard Rock International recently announced that it will open its first Hard Rock Cafe Seattle location in the heart of downtown, a fish-throw away from the world-famous Pike Place Market.  On Monday, February 8th and Tuesday, February 9th, Hard Rock will hold a “Hard Hat Tour,” offering media an exclusive sneak peek into the new Hard Rock Cafe Seattle prior to opening its doors. Hard Rock’s own memorabilia designer, Giovanni Taliaferro, will be on hand to provide a tour of the new venue and offer background on the iconic memorabilia pieces chosen to grace the walls of the new Seattle cafe.  Chief Information Officer Joe Tenczar will additionally be providing a “hands on” demonstration of the cafe’s one-of-a-kind Rock Wall Solo™, as well as demonstrating Microsoft Surface® and the interactive booth experience, all of which complement Hard Rock’s new concept-driven design evolution.

The 14,000-square-foot cafe includes seating for 425, a vibrant bar and a Rock Shop featuring a wide array of Hard Rock’s limited-edition, highly-collectible merchandise.  The aesthetic of Hard Rock Cafe Seattle follows a “Rustic Refined” design vision which articulates the energy and vibe of the Hard Rock brand.  The new Hard Rock Cafe Seattle will offer a new and unique memorabilia experience, with hundreds of iconic items commemorating Seattle’ vibrant music history on display, from Eddie Vedder’s acoustic guitar to Jimi Hendrix’s 1969 Fender Stratocaster guitar, from Krist Novoselic’s bass used while on tour with Nirvana to the doorway from Robert Lang Studios signed by many iconic Seattle bands.
 
WHAT:                 
Hard Rock Cafe Seattle to Host Special “Hard Hat” Media Tour

WHERE:
              
Hard Rock Cafe Seattle            
116 Pike Street           
Seattle, WA
                   
WHEN:             
Monday, February 8th and Tuesday, February 9th
9 a.m.    First tour begins
3 p.m.    Second tour begins

ADMISSION:   
**MEDIA ACCESS ONLY**
RSVP directly to Meredith DeSanti (MDeSanti@coynepr.com) and Chris Nelson
(Chris@campaignshoutin.com)

MEDIA OP:   
Tour of the new Hard Rock Cafe Seattle
Iconic memorabilia items on display
Giovanni Taliaferro, Hard Rock Corporate Memorabilia Designer
Joe Tenczar, Sr. Director of Technology/CIO, Hard Rock International
Romy Mehlman, Western Regional Marketing Director, Hard Rock International
Susan Gutierrez, General Manager, Hard Rock Cafe Seattle

About Hard Rock International

With a total of 160 venues in 52 countries, including 130 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, Pattaya, Bali, Macau and Penang.  Additional hotel and casino projects have been announced in: Singapore and Punta Cana, scheduled to open in 2010; Panama, scheduled to open in 2012; and Atlanta, Hungary, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, scheduled to open in 2013.  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.

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We’ve been gearing up lately for the grand opening of our newest cafe and it’s going to be pretty damn spectacular. In a few short weeks, we’re unveiling our Seattle location. Opening in Seattle is incredibly exciting, but it’s also pretty daunting. The Emerald City is one of the great American rock ‘n’ roll towns, so we know we’ve got to come correct. It can be difficult to select the proper artifacts for a city with the type of music scene Seattle has enjoyed since the jazz age, but we’re pretty sure we’re up to the task. Though we’ll have plenty of great pieces from our usual faves, like the Beatles, Elvis, the Stones and the Who, we’ve amassed a pretty great selection from Seattle artists to pay tribute to this great American city. Let’s look at a few here. You can also see each piece in it's full glory over at our interactive memorabilia website. Or at Hard Rock Cafe Seattle, when it opens at the beginning of February. Either one is an incredible experience.

HENDRIX STRAT

A few months ago, we ran a piece about doing tech work on Jimi Hendrix’ 1969 Fender Stratocaster. Now this pristine axe is going to find a new home in Jimi’s hometown of Seattle. When it comes to music memorabilia, nothing is more iconic than a Hendrix Strat. Jimi used this one with both the Experience and the Band of Gypsies. All the wear on the lower bout is from Hendrix’ forearm. How cool is that?

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MUDHONEY DRUMHEAD

Nobody defines the Seattle sound that became known as “grunge” more than Mudhoney. They’re so blistering, so exciting, and so reckless they just might be the best American rock band of the last 30 years. Their sound leans heavily on influences like the Stooges, the MC5, and mid-sixties Seattle proto-punk icons The Sonics, but Mudhoney somehow always manage to create unique and vital-sounding rock ‘n’ roll. Ask any of the now-legendary musicians who made it huge from the grunge scene which band best defines the Seattle sound and every single one of them will say Mudhoney without a moment’s hesitation. All four members signed this drumhead.

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ANDREW WOOD GUITAR

This is a Yamaha 12-string acoustic that belonged to Andrew Wood – the frontman for Mother Love Bone. Mother Love Bone formed from the ashes of Green River – the seminal Seattle group that featured future Pearl Jam members Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament, and future Mudhoney guys Mark Arm and Steve Turner. Mother Love Bone had all the elements of what became known as the Seattle sound, but with Andrew on vocals, they had a much more colorful and exuberant style. Andrew didn’t project the dour persona that so many of the ‘90s Seattle musicians seemed to revel in, he was much more of a Freddie Mercury/Marc Bolan-type character. Love Bone made a great album for Mercury records in 1989, but unfortunately Andrew died just a few days before it was released. He was only 24 years old. This guitar is a poignant symbol of lost potential.

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KRIST NOVOSELIC BASS

What we have here is an Ibanez Black Eagle bass that belonged to Nirvana bassist and all-around good guy Krist Novoselic. He used it on Nirvana’s In Utero tour in 1994, but his unbridled rock action resulted in some on-stage damage to the instrument’s neck. Fortunately for Krist, his road crew was able to affect a pretty impressive repair. They replaced the neck and even went so far as to duplicate the headstock cutouts that make these old Ibanez basses so unique. We acquired this bass when Krist auctioned it off to benefit Music for America – a grassroots organization focused on getting young people more involved in the political process. Krist has been extremely active politically in his post-Nirvana career. He’s like a punk rock statesman and he’ll probably become the first elected leader who ever smashed a bass onstage.

SEAN KINNEY KIT

This old DW drumkit is one of the defining instruments of the Seattle scene. It belonged to Alice in Chains drummer Sean Kinney and he used it to record their masterpiece - 1992’s Dirt. That one album absolutely defined the grunge/metal connection and is wildly influential to this day. Sean also used these drums on the 1993 Lollapalooza tour which saw AIC headlining the mainstage along with Primus. When the group reformed with vocalist William DuVall for 2007’s ReEvolution tour, Sean dusted these old drums off and took them on tour once again. These tubs are like some sort of grunge talisman – they’ve seen more stage dives and flannel-shirted slackers than you can possibly imagine.

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KURT GUITAR

This guitar originally belonged to Kurt Cobain’s aunt Mari Earl. It’s an Ovation Folklore model – and a pretty nice little axe. Mari was a professional musician and Kurt would often use her equipment while he was developing as a player and songwriter. In fact, he cut a pre-Nirvana demo at her home that’s become legendary amongst Nirvana fans as the Fecal Matter tape. Kurt continued to play this guitar after his rise to fame whenever he’d visit his aunt in Aberdeen, Wa. Though Mari kept it strung right-handed, lefty Kurt would simply flip it over and play it strung in reverse.

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COURTNEY LOVE LETTER

This bit of scrawl is a letter Courtney Love wrote to Spin magazine in 1996. A few months earlier, she had crashed Kurt Loder’s interview with Madonna at the Video Music Awards in a bit of spectacle that will forever be remembered as one of the craziest moments in the history of live television. Madonna was not pleased. In fact, she speculated in a Spin interview that drugs had destroyed Courtney’s brain. Courtney fired off this scathing letter in response to Madonna’s comments. Take some time to read the full letter on our interactive memorabilia site. It’s hilarious.

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ERIC ERLANDSON SETLIST

This set list is from Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson. It’s from the late-‘90s and was probably used by Eric’s guitar tech during performances. The handwritten notations indicate which guitars to use on each song. Eric has some pretty cool guitars. This list is heavy on Fender Telecasters, but on two songs, “Celebrity Skin” and “Use Once and Destroy”, Eric busted out one of his original Veleno guitars. These are rare, handmade axes crafted from aircraft aluminum. They’re highly coveted and you almost never see them on stage. Eric owns three of them. Here’s one from our collection: http://memorabilia.hardrock.com/?item=028713

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NANCY WILSON OUTFIT

Heart’s Nancy Wilson rocked this pseudo-baroque outfit on stage with the group in the mid-seventies. This kind of look was popular with women rockers during the Carter administration – can’t you picture Stevie Nicks in something similar? Come to think of it, there were plenty of dudes that would have loved this outfit in the ‘70s. Marc Bolan probably had the same thing in his closet.

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HENDRIX PURSE

This is a purse that belonged to Jimi Hendrix. We could get all fancy and call it a satchel, or a “European shoulder bag”, but let’s be honest – this thing is a purse. Jimi needed this to carry around the accouterments of the late ‘60s rock star - stuff like lyric sheets, guitar picks, extra bandannas, exotic Middle Eastern hookahs, - you get the picture. When we acquired this piece, we excitedly opened it up and rifled through it hoping to find some leftover Jimi goodies. No luck.

There’s going to be a million more great pieces in the new Hard Rock Cafe Seattle, and we’re also unveiling our new audio memorabilia tour. So if you’ve been putting off a trip to the Pacific Northwest, now’s the time make it happen.

We’ve been gearing up lately for the grand opening of our newest cafe and it’s going to be pretty damn spectacular. In a few short weeks, we’re unveiling our Seattle location. Opening in Seattle is incredibly exciting, but it’s also pretty daunting. The Emerald City is one of the great American rock ‘n’ roll towns, so we know we’ve got to come correct. It can be difficult to select the proper artifacts for a city with the type of music scene Seattle has enjoyed since the jazz age, but we’re pretty sure we’re up to the task. Though we’ll have plenty of great pieces from our usual faves, like the Beatles, Elvis, the Stones and the Who, we’ve amassed a pretty great selection from Seattle artists to pay tribute to this great American city. Let’s look at a few here. You can also see each piece in it's full glory over at our interactive memorabilia website. Or at Hard Rock Cafe Seattle, when it opens at the beginning of February. Either one is an incredible experience.

The brand new Hard Rock Cafe Ho Chi Minh City rocked its grand opening recently, with a host of great musicians, VIPs, and all-around awesome people helping to throw down, Hard Rock-style. Celebrating the very first Hard Rock Cafe in Vietnam, the grand opening party featured performances by international superstar, and native son, Kasim and DMC, the original king of rock. We just wanted to share a few photos from the event and thank everyone who attended and everyone who performed, making this one hell of a night, any way you look at it. Thanks also go out to Viet Thai International and the incredible team in Vietnam. Rock on!

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01.25: Mark Wahlberg felt the wrath of litigious action on this day in 1994. Why is Mark Wahlberg on the Hard Rock Flashback, you might wonder? Well, before his days as a movie star, he lived the life of a pop star, as the remarkably untalented Marky Mark. Remember? Yeah, we try to forget, too, but those sounds and images are burned into our brains, stained on our retinas forever. He had the hit song "Come On, Come On, Feel It, Feel It" (or something like that) and the other hit song that was a cover/redux of a much, much, much better Lou Reed song. Why'd you let him do it, Lou? Being the younger brother of one of the New Kids On The Block didn't hurt Marky Mark's career, as he opened for said boy band on their 1991 tour, helping to rocket his debut record, featuring his group The Funky Bunch, to the top of the charts. Which brings us to this day in 1994, when a woman claimed that she suffered injuries after being trampled at one of his shows, right after Marky had pulled down his pants, showed off his Calvin Klein tighty whities, and incited the prepubescent and disturbingly not-so-prepubescent crowd to rush the stage. We're really not sure whatever became of this lawsuit, but we don't think we'll ever forgive God or Lou Reed for unleashing (or this day for remind us of) the "hip-hop" "stylings" of Marky Mark. Damn, now we can't get that song out of our head. BTW, whatever happened to The Funky Bunch? Come on, come on, feel it, feel it, Good Vibrations…

01.26: This day, 1955, saw the birth of one of the greatest guitar players ever to wander the planet, Kung Fu-style (man, we love that show), helping those in need, in their hour of rock 'n' roll desperation, ready to kick some audio-butt when the need arises, ready to rock at the drop of a mullet. We'll give you a hint as to who this mystery guitarist is. His last name is also the name of his band. Take a guess. We'll wait. Nelson? Wrong! Winger? Wrong! Toto? Awesome group, but, huh? Okay, in case you haven't guessed it yet, Eddie Van Halen celebrates his 55th b-day today and we are totally, insanely in love with his finger work. Wait. That didn't sound right. Eddie took guitar playing out of the '70s and into the dawn of the new millennium, playing his instrument in ways people didn't even know possible, setting the bar higher than most people could even see. Yes, we love Eddie's guitar playing, his contributions to rock, hard rock, specifically, and the legend that is Van Halen. From the eponymous Van Halen to the synthesizer-laden 1984 to the recent reunion tour, Van Halen has proven to be a powerhouse in the world of music again and again and again. And don't forget Eddie's solo on Michael Jackson's "Beat It," which stands the test of guitar-time and stands up to the best of the best, any way you look at it.

01.27: "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" became Otis Redding's one and only #1 hit, entering the charts on this day in 1968, just a little over a month-and-a-half after he died in a plane crash at the age of 26 (which still blows our mind). Now, get ready for some learnin', folks. Otis actually wrote the bulk of the song while he was staying on a houseboat - in a bay! Richardson Bay to be exact, in-between the beautiful California towns of Sausalito and San Francisco. The song departed from Otis' deep soul style, flirting with more pop sensibilities, inspired and influenced by The Beatles, allowing his writing partner, Steve Cooper, to pen more personal lyrics. Before Otis' death, they'd planned on recording the last verse, for which lyrics still needed to be written, but which is held now and forever in place with a whistle solo, and adding a horn section or backup vocals by The Staple Singers. These things, of course, never happened. Those plans ended in a cold lake in Wisconsin, two days after the song's recording. This is one of those things that just make us sit up and reflect on not only the nature and frailty of life, but also the beauty of which life is capable, the amazing ability of people to produce lasting art and have that art affect generations. This is Otis. This is his legacy. If "Dock Of The Bay" is your in, then you should take it because to explore Otis' catalog is to explore the history and vitality of not only soul music, but music itself.

01.28: Tying back in to Mr. Van Halen's b-day two days prior, this day in 1984 saw Van Halen's 1984 hit the album charts for an impressive run of rock popularity, churning out hits such as "Jump," "Panama," and "Hot For Teacher," which itself spawned one of the most awesomely impressionable videos ever to impress impressionable young men everywhere (it doesn't hurt that the song absolutely shreds). Quite a week for the then-recently-turned-27-Eddie and the rest of the guys. 1984 turned out to be one of their most popular albums, both critically and commercially, yet also turned out to be the last recorded with Diamond David Lee Roth. Every album after this one held the Van Halen moniker, but we consider them to be either slightly palatable (the Van Hagar years) or just complete crap (check out the Gary Cherone years, if you don't believe us). Though they've redeemed themselves recently with the reunion tour, nothing can ever go back to the good 'ol days, but that's how it should be. There's no going back, guys, but there will always be the fond memories and fuzzy feelings. And the "Hot For Teacher" video.

01.28: Before and after the American Music Awards on this day in 1985, a group of Super Friends gathered at the Hall of Justice to discuss what they needed to do to combat the evil Legion of Doom and its evil influence upon third world countries. Ha! Fooled you! There's no such thing as the American Music Awards. Alright, enough messing around. On this day in 1985, a heretofore unheard of supergroup got together for one night and one night only to record one of the schmaltziest songs ever to accomplish the contradictory task of melting our brains (not in a good way) and helping out starving children in Africa, specifically Ethiopia. "We Are The World" eventually hit #1 and raised, along with the adjoining Hands Across America (remember that? No? Ask your parents) event, over $100 million for people in need in Africa and in our own country. We remember very awkwardly slow-dancing to "We Are The World" at a dance in junior high, remember seeing it ad nauseum on MTV, and wish that its chorus weren't burned into our brains until the day we die, but we are glad for the good it did and for the people it helped. One question to ask yourself, though, as you watch the video, is what the hell is Dan Aykroyd doing there? Yeah, we can't figure it out, either. Come on, there's Tina Tuner, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Perry, and such a plethora of mid-'80s superstars that we do a triple double take when Aykroyd shows up (sandwiched in-between Lindsey Buckingham and Harry Belafonte). Yes, Ghostbusters was insanely popular at the time, but, by that logic, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson shoulda been there, too, singing for the kids. Come on, at least get Ray Parker, Jr. in there. We know that's way off topic, but it's one of those things that bounces through our head, so we just needed to release it. Thanks for listening and you should watch the "We Are The World" video right now (Aykroyd is at 4:18). You won't regret it. Unless you don't like having that chorus ring through your skull for the next week.

This Friday, Jan. 29, Hard Rock Cafe Nashville binges on one of the hardest rocking bands around: 7dayBinge. 7dayBinge includes Todd Harrell of 3 Doors Down on bass, Jon Nicholson of the Muzik Mafia on guitar and vocals, Kenny Olson of Kid Rock’s band on lead guitar, and Shannon Boone on drums. This party celebrates the release of their eponymous debut CD. As if you needed more of an incentive to go, opening for 7dayBinge and joining them for the fun will be The Campaign 1984 and  BeItTheMeans.

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Posted on January 25, 2010 | Tags:

Making holidays a little more fun and affordable, Hard Rock Hotel Penang is introducing a brand new package called Extra Cheeze Package. Guests can enjoy one night in the tricked-out Hillview Deluxe Rooms with a panoramic view of the hills, a breakfast buffet, and a complimentary meal for 2 persons at the world famous Hard Rock Cafe Penang, always a good time.
 
The Extra Cheeze Package is available at *RM399++ inclusive of:

  • A 2 Days/1 Night Stay in Hillview Deluxe Room
  • Daily buffet breakfast for 2 persons
  • Welcome drinks for 2 persons upon arrival
  • One meal at Hard Rock Cafe inclusive of one main course, dessert and soft drinks for 2 persons
  • 10% discounts off selected Rock Shop merchandise
    *Terms & Conditions apply

This package is available from Sunday till Thursday only, valid from 10 January till 31 May 2010. Guests can book the package now by calling Hard Rock Hotel Penang’s friendly Tele-Sales Agents at +604 8811 711, emailing reservations.penang@hardrockhotels.net, or book online at penang.hardrockhotels.net.

Posted on January 19, 2010 | Tags: , , ,

This Shirt and Pin can save lives! For Signature Series 27, Hard Rock partners with legendary rockers The Who to support City of Hope. Your purchase of the Sig Series 27 The Who T-Shirt and Sig Series 27 The Who Pin supports City of Hope’s efforts to conquer cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. 15% of the retail price of each shirt and pin will help City of Hope shorten the time it takes to get from bold innovative ideas to powerful medical treatments. For many people, City of Hope is where hope begins.

Hard Rock's Signature Series T-shirt line started in 1990 as a means for musicians and artists to help charities of their choosing. Each artist donated an original piece of artwork which was reproduced on a limited edition T-shirt and sold at Hard Rock locations worldwide and online. Since its inception, the series has raised millions for numerous organizations around the world.

The Who, Hard Rock, Signature Series 27, City of Hope

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