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What, exactly, was Ben Harper celebrating at Hard Rock Cafe Nashville, you ask? His birthday? Nope. His awesome guitar skills? He's got 'em, but nope. Guess again. His upcoming set at Hard Rock Calling in London's Hyde Park? It's gonna rock, but nope. If you guessed that he was raising his voice in song and celebrating the life and times of one Mr. Roy Orbison, then you'd be correct. If you said he was celebrating the 74th birthday of said Mr. Orbison, as well as helping raise money for Musicians On Call, then you'd be even more right.

Barbara Orbison was joined by sons Roy, Alex and Wesley along with family friend Ben Harper, as they prepared to cut cake and celebrate Roy Orbison's 74th Birthday. As a father of four may be prone to do on such occasions, Ben began cutting the cake and wound up cutting and serving it to all the guests! What a guy. The event raised money for Musicians On Call and will create a dedicated Musicians On Call Roy Orbison program at Bordeaux Long Term Care Facility.

The party included soulful performances by guitar player Harold Bradley and singer Mallary Hope; Sweethearts of the Rodeo, Eric Passlay, Rodney Crowell and Chris Rodriguez, Edens Edge, Jeffrey Steele and wrapped with surprise guest Ben Harper singing with Chris Rodriguez on guitar. It was a heartfelt celebration and a wonderful way to honor Roy and the legacy of incredible songs he created.

Posted on April 28, 2010 | Tags:

WhyHunger, one of Hard Rock's favorite organizations, has been on the ground in Haiti for years now, working with partners to help alleviate many of the problems there. From feeding families to education, from teaching agriculture to builiding communties, WhyHunger has been helping in many different ways.

When the earthquake struck on Jan. 12, it made an already difficult life that much harder for a great many Haitians. WhyHunger's Joel Malebranche spent a week in Haiti recently. Click on the link below to read about how the nation is doing two-and-a-half months after the quake. As always, you can donate right now to WhyHunger or to any of its partners.


Posted on April 26, 2010 | Tags:

Orlando, Fla., April 26, 2010 – Seattle, a city that has produced music legends from Jimi Hendrix to Nirvana to Pearl Jam, now has a new rock mecca in Hard Rock Cafe Seattle. Pike Street will be rockin’ on Thursday, May 20, 2010, when Hard Rock celebrates the Grand Opening of its new Seattle cafe! The exclusive V.I.P. event will feature a 20 Fender® guitar smash salute and a live performance by indie favorite Ra Ra Riot, along with special guests The Thermals. The two groups will rock the Hard Rock stage in support of the brand’s “Love All – Serve All” creed.

The event will benefit both The Vera Project and The Musary, organizations that provide access to musical instruments and foster participation in the performing arts.  During the event, Ra Ra Riot will also donate a Big Apple Stratocaster played by Milo Bonacci (the first guitar he ever purchased), which will become a permanent addition to Hard Rock’s world-famous collection. 

Formed in January 2006 in Syracuse, NY, Ra Ra Riot have quickly gained a devoted following. They have toured extensively in the United States and abroad with artists such as The Editors, Tokyo Police Club and most recently Death Cab for Cutie.  Their debut album The Rhumb Line (released on renowned Seattle label, Barsuk Records) was one of the most critically acclaimed records of 2008. The band has been in the studio working on their new album that is slated for release late summer/early fall of 2010.

In addition to an unforgettable live concert, the V.I.P. grand opening celebration will include a star-studded red carpet and guitar smash to commemorate Hard Rock’s much-anticipated new cafe in Seattle. The event will also feature appearances by representatives of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, owners of Hard Rock International; Hamish Dodds, President and CEO of Hard Rock International; local celebrities, athletes, actors and more. 

Hard Rock Cafe Seattle to Host Grand Opening Celebration

Hard Rock Cafe Seattle
116 Pike Street
Seattle, WA 
Thursday, May 20, 2010
7 p.m.         Event begins
7:30 p.m.    Guitar smash
8:30 p.m.    Concert begins

RSVP directly to chris@campaignshoutin.com or KHauser@coynepr.com

Guitar smash commemorating the new Hard Rock Cafe Seattle
The Thermals and Ra Ra Riot rocking the stage
Ra Ra Riot donating memorabilia to Hard Rock’s collection
Local celebrities and VIPs in attendance walking the red carpet
Representatives from The Vera Project and The Musary

About Hard Rock Cafe Seattle
The new Hard Rock Cafe Seattle officially opened its new location near Pike Place Market, on February 10, 2010.  A Silver LEED Certified cafe, the two-floor 14,000-square-foot facility features a 425-seat restaurant, open-air rooftop deck, cutting-edge multimedia technology and a dynamic live music space amidst rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia from Hard Rock’s iconic collection and a Rock Shop featuring Hard Rock’s limited-edition merchandise. 

About The Vera Project
The Vera Project (Vera) is non-profit, all-ages music and arts space at Seattle Center that fosters a participatory creative culture through popular music concerts, arts programs, experiential learning and volunteer opportunities for all ages, especially young people. Vera produces all-ages shows every week, ranging from indie rock to punk to hip hop and beyond. Vera also produces education curriculum in silk-screening, sound engineering, recording and arts production. Vera serves 54,000 each year.  For more information, please visit www.theveraproject.org.

About The Musary – John Ryan Pike Memorial Project
John Ryan Pike was a friend and drummer of Ra Ra Riot, who passed away tragically in June of 2007, at the young age of 23. Among other things, The John Pike Memorial Project was set up in his name to provide the public with access to musical instruments, and to establish a place for musicians to learn, share and collaborate with one another. The Musary, a John Ryan Pike Memorial Project, is a lending library of musical instruments. Our goal is to provide accessibility to instruments and instructors to any individual interested or in need.  For more information, please visit www.themusary.org.  

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 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.

Posted on April 26, 2010 | Tags:
Posted on April 26, 2010 | Tags:

That's right, everyone. Hard Rock Cafe Berlin is now located directly on the Ku'damm, at Kurfürstendamm 224. The new location incorporates contemporary material, light installations combined with current Berlin architecture trends, giving the restaurant a new look and vibe.

The two-floor, 450-square-meter cafe has seating for 350 guests, two vibrant bars, a cocktail lounge area and a stage for live performances. Hard Rock’s picturesque balcony features seating for 100, overlooking the Ku’damm and Memorial Church. If you're in Berlin or are going to be anytime in the future, you've got to check it out. Yeah, it is awesome.

Posted on April 26, 2010 | Tags:

04.26: On this day in 1982 Rod Stewart was mugged and robbed at gun point in broad daylight on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. The object of the gunman’s affection? Stewart’s $50,000 Porsche.

04.27: On this day in 1976 David Bowie was detained at the border between Poland and Russia while customs officials confiscated Nazi memorabilia from his train. Bowie claimed the material was more than just light reading. He was researching a movie project about Nazi propaganda leader, Joseph Paul Goebbels. Hmmm....not sure about that one. We guess it's possible, but the only movie that Bowie made around that time was The Man Who Fell To Earth, which had nothing to do with Nazis or Goebbels or trains and everything to do with alien-Bowie.

04.27: On this day in 1981 Ringo Starr married former Bond girl, Barbara Bach. The pair met while filming Caveman (also starring Shelley Long), quite possibly one of the most underrated films of all time, one of the most visceral and punishing screen portrayals you'll ever watch, and one of the most amazing films by a rock musician ever. If you believe that, we've got a bridge in New York we'd like to sell ya.

04.27: On this day in 1990 Axl Rose married Erin Everly – daughter of Don Everly. Sadly, the love affair didn’t last. Rose filed for divorce after just 27 days. This is great for us, though, because it keeps our faith in the rocker/supermodel unspoken relationship oath of "use 'em and lose 'em" that's held fairly steady for the last fifty years or so. Before that it was crooner/supermodel or crooner/actress unspoken oath, but the tenet of the oath has remained true through the years. Just ask Billy Joel/Christie Brinkley and Rod Stewart/Rachel Hunter. There are, of course, exceptions to the rule, but the David Bowie/Imans of the rich and famous world are greatly outnumbered by the Axl Rose/Erin Everleys. And for that we thank them. Without the oath, we'd lose faith in rock.

04.30: On this day in 1933 William Hugh “Willie” Nelson was born. Holy cow, what a guy. We could go on and on and on about Willie, but we shan't. Instead, we'll just say that Willie is one of the most down-to-earth, vibrant, original and amazing guys ever to command a stage. And he smoked a joint on the roof of the White House. Nuff said. If you can name the president who invited him there, without looking it up, you are a true fan. Happy birthday, Willie! We love you, man!

Posted on April 26, 2010 | Tags:
Dedicate the entire month of May to all mothers. Turn mom into a rock at Hard Rock Hotel Penang with the Mom Rocks package, which includes a one night stay and a pampering session at the luxurious Rock Spa.  
Hard Rock Hotel Penang’s Mom Rocks Package is priced at RM499++ is inclusive of:
  • 2 Days/1 Night stay in Hillview Deluxe Room
  • Daily buffet breakfast for 2 persons
  • Welcome drinks for 2 persons upon arrival
  • A choice of one of the below treatments (for one person only):
    1. 45 minutes Body Scrub
    2. 45 minutes Foot Loose Reflexology
    3. 60 minutes Spa Manicure
    4. 60 minutes Spa Pedicure

Mom Rocks is valid from 2 till 27 May 2010. All bookings must be made prior. For reservations, please call our friendly Tele Sales Agents at +604 8811 711, e-mail http://penang.hardrockhotels.net/view-promotion.php?promo_id=42803 or book online on penang.hardrockhotels.net

Posted on April 26, 2010 | Tags:

Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya launches a new online package dedicated to all travelers in search of a Chill Out!

Do you feel the heat? Then, Chill-Out is the word ….Relax & reconnect only @ Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya!  

Just mention ‘CHILL-OUT’ package at time of booking, and we would take care of the rest!   

At Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya, you are given the official ‘License’ to CHILL!

Click here for more details.

Check out more great deals at Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya.

Posted on April 23, 2010 | Tags:

This April 23, 2010 in celebration of Roy Orbison’s 74th birthday, Hard Rock Cafe Nashville will host a benefit bash for the wonderful charity Musicians On Call. Barbara Orbison will be joined by family, friends and fans as musicians including Harold Bradley & Mallary Hope, Rodney Crowell, Chris Rodriguez & Eden's Edge, Jeffrey Steele, JD Souther, Sweethearts of the Rodeo, plus surprise guests perform songs spanning Roy's five decade career.

The acclaimed Texan was a pioneer of rock and roll and is one of the very few artists to have been accepted by the world in all forms of popular music. Roy is also one of the exceptional artists to have won Grammys in pop, rock, and country categories. His Hits, including "Ooby Dooby," "Oh Pretty Woman," "Only The Lonely," "Blue Bayou," "Crying," and Handle with Care (as a Traveling Wilbury with Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne)  is woven into the fabric of our global psyche, forever living in our hearts and our minds and capturing the imagination of new fans daily. Funds raised through the event will create a dedicated "Roy Orbison" program at the Bordeaux Long Term Care Facility.
Hard Rock Cafe Dallas, Hard Rock Cafe Houston and Hard Rock Cafe San Antonio will honor their native son with a limited edition giveaway of Roy's trademark dark sunglasses and limited edition sunglass-pins. While the Hard Rock Cafes around the world will be playing Roy's music and videos in all their locations. 
April 23rd will also see the release of ROY ORBISON: LIVE IN LAS VEGAS ’83. Recorded live in the very city that Elvis crowned him "the greatest singer in the world,” Roy Orbison’s Live in Las Vegas breaks the famous rule that "whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas." Live in Las Vegas is comprised of select cuts from live shows (April 14th-21st, Sept 9th-20th 1983) performed in the Congo Room at the world-famous Sahara Hotel. These performances, originally found in poor condition, have been fully restored and digitally re-mastered by the industry's finest audio engineers. Live In Las Vegas is available for digital pre-order in the iTunes Music Store, and the physical CD is available for pre-order at the Official Roy Orbison Store here: http://store.royorbison.com/newroyorbison-liveinlasvegas83.aspx
Launching the week of April 23, Gibson Epiphone will initiate a photo campaign of iconic images wearing Roy’s trademark glasses; which will climax on Roy’s birthday with a classic photo of the Big O himself on the Jumbotron in Times Square.
In addition, TouchTunes Interactive Networks, the largest interactive in-venue entertainment network in North America, will promote a special 2 week long birthday playlist featuring over 20 hits dedicated to the rock legend.
To find out more and how you can participate please visit the official Roy Orbison website, www.royorbison.com, and join the party! As Barbara Orbison would say, “Thank you for loving Roy.”

Posted on April 22, 2010 | Tags:

Hard Rock International partners with Carbon War Room for DC Event, “Artist Ambassadors” Melissa Etheridge and Adam Gardner from Guster help spread a message to Save The Planet.

On Sunday, April 25, Earth Day Network will organize a massive climate rally on The National Mall to demand Congress pass strong comprehensive climate legislation that will create American jobs, cap carbon emissions and secure our nation’s future.  The Climate Rally will feature live music from Sting, John Legend, The Roots, Jimmy Cliff, Passion Pit, Bob Weir, Willie Colón, Joss Stone, Robert Randolph, Patrick Stump, Mavis Staples, Booker T, Honor Society and Tao Rodriguez-Seeger. Hard Rock Cafe Washington DC has partnered with the Earth Day Network and will be on The National Mall catering the VIP backstage artist area.

Hard Rock Cafe New York partners with Earth Day festivities in Times Square for a day of Rock & Roll.

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