Help choose the band that will play Hard Rock Calling! The battles were fierce. Over a hundred bands entered Hard Rock's Ambassadors Of Rock Battle Of The Bands at Hard Rock Cafes all over North America. Now it's up to you. The field has been narrowed down to these bands. Take a look at the videos, pick your favorite, cast your vote, and help decide which band we send to Hard Rock Calling in London!
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Hard Rock International and Live Nation announced today that a stellar line-up including Crosby, Stills & Nash, Crowded House, Elvis Costello, Joshua Radin plus many more have been added to the bill and will be joining Paul McCartney on Sunday 27 June at Hard Rock Calling 2010.Folk rock supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash will be second on the already outstanding festival bill on Sunday 27 June. The trio of legendary singer-songwriters including David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash have all twice been inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and are currently embarking on an international tour. Crowded House will also be joining the list of acts confirmed. Formed in Australia and led by New Zealand born Neil Finn, the band soon shot to fame with massive hits including “Don’t Dream Its Over”, “Fall at Your Feet” and “Weather With You”. After playing their farewell show in 1996, the band reformed more than 10 years later and have gone onto perform around the globe.Neil Finn comments, “This is a day that I wouldn't want to miss for all the tea in China. I will be hearing songs from the masters McCartney, Crosby, Stills & Nash that I sang as a child and emulated as a teenager, and Elvis who laid down the gauntlet to all of us as we formed our bands. The scene is set, great music both modern and timeless.... and, God as if that wasn't good enough, we get to play too!”Elvis Costello, one of the most gifted British musicians of all time, takes to the Hard Rock Calling stage for the first time when he returns to the UK for a few select and widely anticipated performances. Famed for his involvement in many different musical genres, Costello has made his mark on music’s history and will be a celebrated addition to this year’s festival.Headlining the Pepsi Max Stage will be acoustic singer-songwriter Joshua Radin, critically acclaimed in the UK music press for his brand new album Simple Times, who was recently described by The Times as “medicine to the ears”. Ellen DeGeneres and Miley Cyrus are among his fast growing list of admirers and his music has already featured on hit TV shows including “Grey’s Anatomy”, “American Idol” and ”One Tree Hill”.Joining Joshua Radin on the Pepsi Max Stage will be Tiffany Page, Lissie, The Coronas, Joe Echo and Little Steven's Underground Garage Revue featuring The Breakers, The Cocktail Slippers, and The Len Price 3, hosted by Little Steven Van Zandt.Joe Echo said “Yet another amazing Hard Rock Calling line-up and I’m totally blown away to be playing Hyde Park with the legend that is Macca.”Now in its fifth consecutive year, Hard Rock Calling has fully established itself as one of the UK’s premier outdoor music events. Past acts have included Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, The Who, Peter Gabriel, Roger Waters and The Police, who created what is now identified as the “must see” concert event on the UK festival circuit. Hard Rock Calling, produced by Live Nation and presented by Hard Rock International, is a unique and historic musical event with a main stage, second stage and many surprises in store for fans of all ages. In addition to renowned bands and an on-site Hard Rock Cafe, the festival will include a variety of attractions to be announced at a later date. Additional artists for the 2010 line-up will be announced leading up to the event and tickets for the festival are available at www.hardrockcalling.co.uk. Tickets for all three days are on sale now. Hard Rock Calling, Hyde Park, LondonFriday 25 JuneMAIN STAGE:Pearl Jam, Ben Harper & Relentless7, Wolfmother, The Gaslight Anthem, Robert FrancisPEPSI MAX STAGE:The Hives, Gomez, Chief, ExpatriateSaturday 26 JuneMAIN STAGE:Stevie Wonder, Jamiroquai, James Morrison, Corinne Bailey RaePEPSI MAX STAGE:Melissa Etheridge, Alejandro Escovedo, Florence Rawlings, Rox, Rumer, Diane Birch, Maria MenaSunday 27 JuneMAIN STAGE:Paul McCartney, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Crowded House, Elvis CostelloPEPSI MAX STAGE:Joshua Radin, Little Steven's Underground Garage Revue featuring The Breakers, The Cocktail Slippers, and The Len Price 3, hosted by Little Steven Van Zandt, Tiffany Page, Lissie, The Coronas, Joe EchoTicket information:Friday 25 June – £47.50 + booking feeSaturday 26 June - £50 + booking feeSunday 27 June - £62.50 + booking feeBox Office Number – 0844 847 2502 (24 Hours)To buy VIP Experiences and Hospitality online please go to www.livenationexperience.co.uk or call + 44 207 009 3484For any print enquires please contact:LD COMMUNICATIONSAlex.firstname.lastname@example.org / + 44 207 439 7222For print accreditation requests please contact: email@example.comFor any TV/Radio enquires please contact:SCREAM PROMOTIONSTony@screampromotions.co.uk / Natalie.firstname.lastname@example.orgAbout Live NationLive Nation’s mission is to maximize the live concert experience. Our core business is producing, marketing and selling live concerts for artists via our global concert pipe. Live Nation is the largest producer of live concerts in the world, annually producing over 22,000 concerts for 1,600 artists in 33 countries. During 2008, the company sold over 50 million concert tickets and drove over 70 million unique visitors to LiveNation.com. Live Nation is transforming the concert business by expanding its concert platform into ticketing and building the industry’s first artist-to-fan vertically integrated concert platform. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles, California and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol LYV. For additional information about the company, please visit www.livenation.com/investors. About Hard Rock International With a total of 163 venues in 52 countries, including 131 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.
05.24: Quick! By what nom de plume is Robert Allen Zimmerman better known by? If you said Bob Dylan you get a cookie. Bobby, as we like to call him, was born on this day in 1941. One of the greatest, if not the greatest, singer/songwriters ever to take up a guitar, Mr. Dylan's contributions to the '60s canon can never be underestimated. From his early work in folk, leading the way for the protest music that would influence the decade, to his plugging in, leading the way for the electric and psychedelic music that would also inform the decade, Bob Dylan's music built on his own emotions, his own stories, and took over popular music. Bob is the man. We could go on and on and on, but we shan't. If you wanna know more about the man, just use that newfangled interwebs. It's got everything. 05.24: On this day in 1970, Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green quit the band, declaring money was evil and giving all of his away to charity. He'd suggested that the other members of the band do the same, but, of course, they didn't. It's been said that his use of LSD led to a gradual schizophrenic break from reality, which led to his pursuit of other lines of work after he hung up his Fleetwood Mac guitar, such as (so rumor goes) gravedigger, a bartender, a hospital orderly, and a member of an Israeli commune. Without Green leaving Fleetwod Mac, though, could we have ever witnessed the glory of Rumours? We think not, so we're kinda glad he went insane and left the group. Just check out "Don't Stop" if you don't believe us when we say Fleetwood Mac was better off without him. 05.26: On this day in 1994, Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley shocked the world with word of their marriage. The love affair only lasted 20 months, but that’s probably 20 months longer than anyone would’ve guessed. What a weird, weird world Mr. Jackson did inhabit. We'd be very scared to visit. 05.28: On this day in 1976, the Allman Brothers called it quits. But not for good. The group reformed in 1978 with a few new members and released Enlightened Rogues. And, still, to this day, they continue to rip up venues all over the world, having been reinvented, yet again, with the additions of Derek Trucks (the nephew of drummer Butch Trucks) and Warren Haynes, two phenomenally talented musicians. 05.30: On this day in 1987, Ireland took over the US charts. U2 was No. 1 with “With or Without You” and Chris de Burgh scored one for every guy that’s met some girl at a bar and woke up the next morning wondering why she was in his bed, with “Lady in Red”. Two very different songs, yet both very much of the '80s. Can you guess which one is our more favoritest? Yeah, we're big on that Bono guy. He's dreamy. 05.30: On this day in 1964, Tom Morello was born. Does that name ring a bell for you? It should, as Mr. Morello has emerged, for good reason, as one of the most versatile, talented, and intense guitar players of the last 20 years. First leading the funk/metal/hip-hop guitar attack on the mainstream that was Rage Against The Machine, then joining the mainstream, yet still retaining his awesomeness, with the hard rock supergroup Audioslave, and, recently, turning everything on its head by putting out folk albums under the name The Nightwatchman, Morello has always been his own distinct man. Happy birthday, Tom. You absolutely rock.
Orlando, Fla., May 24, 2010 – Summer is right around the corner, so get ready to grill, chill – and of course rock! Hard Rock International heats things up this grilling season with new menu items, including a limited-time Grillin’ and Chillin’ menu, fresh thirst-quenching summer beverages and an expanded selection of the brand’s famous Legendary Burgers that will leave guests singing for their supper! Sure to keep taste buds rockin’ around the globe, Hard Rock’s latest offerings put the traditional backyard barbecue to shame!Grillin’ and Chillin’. . . Hard Rock’s limited-time Grillin’ and Chillin’* menu features unique twists on classic summer favorites. Personally created by Hard Rock’s top chefs, guests can enjoy a mouthwatering selection of new menu items highlighting Hard Rock’s legendary in-house grillin’ techniques, including:
Hard Rock’s newest beverages offer a taste of summer, showcasing fresh fruits with Hard Rock flair. The taste-tantalizing selections, created by Hard Rock’s own MixMasters, are made with seasonal and exotic fruits, including:
*Grillin’ and Chillin’ menu available from May 24, 2010 through September 5, 2010 at select Hard Rock Cafe locations. The Legendary ExperienceIn addition to limited time only Grillin’ and Chillin’ menu items, guests at select Hard Rock locations can now enjoy an expanded selection of Hard Rock’s popular 10-ounce Certified Angus Beef® Legendary Burgers, including:
*Local Legendary Burgers vary at each Hard Rock Cafe location.For more information, please visit www.hardrock.com. Editors Notes: Executive interviews are available:
Please contact Deborah Sierchio or Amanda Early, + 1.973.316.1665, for more information. About Hard Rock International With a total of 163 venues in 52 countries, including 131 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, Tulsa 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.
Fork The Flood! To further aid the surrounding community in flood relief efforts, Hard Rock Cafe Nashville will host the Fork The Flood benefit concert on Sunday, May 23rd, to raise funds for Hands On Nashville, a local volunteer organization helping to spearhead flood relief in Middle Tennessee. Gracing the Reverb Room stage alongside the hosts, country singer Mindy McCready and songwriter Shawn Carnes, will be a number of local favorites and emerging acts, including: Stephen Salyers, Gypsy Hombres, Carswell, The Cold Stares, Zach Spencer, Amanda Broadway, Newmatic, Halo Stereo, The Honeymoon Thrillers, Dave Berg, The Minor Keys and Snow Black Sunday.
Event Date: Sunday, May 23rdCover: $5; additional donations welcome with 100% to Hands On Nashville Doors at: 5:30pmPerformances at: 6pmHosted by: Shawn Carnes & Mindy McCreadyLineup: 12 artists @ 15 minute ea. (10 min set transition) 6:00 - 6:15- Stephen Salyers6:25 - 6:40- Gypsy Hombres 6:50 – 7:05- Carswell 7:15 - 7:30- The Cold Stares 7:40 - 7:55- Zach Spencer 8:05 - 8:20- Amanda Broadway 8:30 - 8:45- Newmatic 8:55 - 9:20- Halo Stereo 9:30 - 9:45- The Honeymoon Thrillers 9:55 - 10:20- Dave Berg 10:30 – 10:45- The Minor Keys10:55 – 11:20- Snow Black Sunday
Hard Rock Cafe Seattle has been open for a little while now (since February, to be exact), but it wasn't until last night that they received their proper grand opening party, replete with delectable eats, amazing music, and great times. What a night it was. From beginning to end, the stars aligned and the lucky invitees participated in and witnessed one amazing moment after another. You may think that's a bit hyperbolic, but believe us when we say, "It rocked!"
However, all of the food and memorabilia and rockin' awesome people couldn't hold a candle (what does that mean, anyway?) to the music that, in true Seattle fashion, rounded out the night. First up, The Thermals, an incredible and passionate band out of Portland, got people moving and heads bobbing (thankfully, no fist-pumping). The Thermals definitely know how to start a party right.
Next up, Ra Ra Riot brought their layered, gorgeous pop awesomeness to the stage, showing everyone why they are, consistently, one of the best live bands out there today.
As alway, a large component of any of our grand opening celebrations is the philanthropic aspect. Hard Rock takes philanthropy very seriously. It's written into our very DNA, with our guiding mottos of "Love All, Serve All", "Save The Planet", "All Is One", and "Take Time To Be Kind." Last night was no exception, as two great organizations received a big "thank you" for doing the work they do. The Vera Project, a Seattle based organization that aims to engage young people in music and the arts, and The Musary, a foundation set up by Ra Ra Riot to encourage and develop musicians, both helped make last night even more special.
We just wanted to thank The Thermals, Ra Ra Riot, the staff at Hard Rock Cafe Seattle, and all those who came out to help us celebrate for making the night so absolutely incredible. Most of all, though, we want to thank the amazing people of Seattle for embracing the Cafe wholeheartedly. It's been a great ride so far and the best is yet to come. Believe it.
Before his performance in Atlantic City, Kenny Wayne Shepherd will autograph one of his Fender® Stratocaster guitars and donate the instrument to Hard Rock Cafe Atlantic City to become part of Hard Rock’s world-famous memorabilia collection. The signing will take place during Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s performance on Saturday, May 29.
In exchange for his authentic instrument, which he will play during his performance, Hard Rock Atlantic City will make a donation to a charity close to Kenny’s heart, Mending Kids International.
Unofficially, Memorial Day kicks off summer for all the folks in the United States. Officially, Hard Rock wrote the book on great grillin' and good times.
So, how do you party like a rock star and get treated like music royalty? It's easy when you've got Hard Rock's new Grillin' and Chillin' Menu on your side. From the Grilled Caribbean Shrimp Over Confetti Rice to the Hickory Smoked Grilled Pork Loin, this limited time menu is sure to take your taste buds on a world tour this summer. Personally created by Hard Rock’s top chefs, guests can enjoy a mouthwatering selection of new menu items highlighting Hard Rock’s legendary in-house grillin’ techniques.*
Right now, though, we're gonna make you a Hard Rock insider and show you how to make our new Grilled Chicken Romaine Salad right at home. Believe it or not, it utilizes grilled lettuce to complement the already amazingly flavorful grilled chicken. The recipe for this scrumptious entree follows after the pic.
For each serving, you're gonna need:
Here's how ya do it:
Voila! You are now rockin' with the best. Happy grillin' and chillin' this Memorial Day!
*Grillin' and Chillin' menu only available at particiapting locations.
05.17: On this day in 1965, his industrial majesty Trent Reznor was born. We still remember the first time we witnessed "Head Like A Hole" on the MTV. We know it wasn't the first industrial song, the first industrial video, and that Trent didn't invent industrial music, but it still rocked our world and opened out mind to that merging of electronic and metal. And, if that first album, Pretty Hate Machine, was the first salvo in bringing industrial to our ears, it was his next album, the insanely detailed, dense and dark The Downward Spiral, that really solidified Trent's vision in our minds. The man is a composer of industrial metal awesomeness and today we celebrate his entry into this world. Huzzah!
05.19: One of the greatest, most destructive, and wildest guitar players on the planet birthed himself today in 1945, when Pete Townshend rocked his lungs for the very first time. That's right, he birthed himself. He decided it was time to be born, and he was. Just like everything else in his life, Pete made the decisions and pitied all who got in his way. 05.19: A punk rock legend graced us with his presence on this day in 1952, when the one, the only, Joey Ramone was born. What a day, indeed! Without Joey and his little band that could, The Ramones, punk would not have taken the road it did, would not have influenced all the people it did, would not have given way to "post-punk," "alternative," "indie," or "hardcore," and we may never have gotten to know the green, spiked mohawk or the safety pin through the nose or the myriad other things that frightened and grossed out parents about music from the '70s onward. We love ya, Joey. You were truly one-of-a-kind and today we celebrate you. We get goosebumps all day long just thinking about all of the awesomeness put forth upon this planet by you and your brothers Ramone. "Hey! Ho! Let's go!" 05.19: This day, many moons ago, 1979 to be exact, three guys got together to relive the old days of being in the biggest rock band of all time, letting bygones be bygones (at least, for that day), when Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr reunited for an impromptu jam celebrating Eric Clapton's marriage to Pattie Boyd Harrison, George's ex-wife. Yeah, you read that correctly. George attended the wedding of his ex-wife to one of his best friends, who had, coincidentally, carried a torch for said ex-wife over many a year, even penning top hits in her honor ("Layla"). We feel awkward just writing about it, but if George is cool with it, then we're cool with it. Besides, anything that could bring three of The Beatles together for a jam session is a great thing. 05.22: Steven Patrick Morrissey sauntered his way into this world on this day in 1959. Better known by his last name, Morrissey went on to become the frontman for The Smiths, one of the most important English alternative bands of the '80s and a brooding symbol of teenage angst to this day. After the breakup of the The Smiths, Morrissey's gone on to great solo success, having released some of his best work in the last few years and still pulling in crowds to his shows worldwide. Happy birthday, Steven!
In preparation for our upcoming Los Angeles location, we’ve been going through some great memorabilia, cleaning it up and maximizing its awesomeness. That’s why I got to spend a couple hours working on this incredibly iconic axe. This is a guitar that Eddie Van Halen built in 1986 at the Kramer factory. It was back when he still personally hammered together various iterations of his famous “Frankenstein” guitar that you’ve seen 200 billion photos of. Eddie’s creation quite literally changed the way guitars are constructed and spawned countless imitations. Apologies for the low-quality photos. I’m a guitar nerd, not a photographer. Let’s check out a few details from this badass machine.
Here she is shortly before I started cleaning her up. The guitar was in bad need of a neck adjustment, new strings (don’t freak out - they weren’t Eddie’s strings) and a general cleanup.
Here’s a closeup of the pickup assembly. Check out the metal piece in the middle. That’s a 5-way selector switch that Eddie simply glued into the middle pickup cavity. Weird. As with most of Eddie’s old guitars, the neck pickup isn’t functional. The bridge is an original Floyd Rose.
Eddie has always preferred unfinished necks on his axes, and this one is no exception. The back of the neck has been very meticulously stripped of any paint or varnish.
Here’s a terrible photo (I told you I’m no photographer) of the guitar sans strings. The paint job – done personally by Eddie – is super low-tech. It’s actually Schwinn bicycle paint sprayed over the bare wood. He laid out the striped pattern with tape. In fact, this guitar is really primitive. You could probably build a fair recreation for less than $500. A major guitar company recently released an exact replica of Eddie’s original Frankenstein. The price tag? $25,000. Never underestimate the value of a rock star connection.
Interestingly, the neck on this guitar is held by six screws instead of the much more common four screw arrangement.
Here’s the trem block and springs. It only has two springs, but it’s very possible that Eddie used three. Where’d the other one go? I have no idea. The ground wire is held in place with wax. Pretty bizarre.
Unlike the original Frankenstein, this one has an ‘80s-style “hockey stick” headstock. The Kramer logo is just a sticker. In fact, I had to be really careful not to accidently damage it when I was restringing this bad-boy. The tuners are Schallers.
So we got it strung up and ready to send to L.A. Did we peel off a few licks on it? I’ll never tell. I will say this, though: For such a primitive instrument, it’s a remarkable piece of functional art. In fact, if I were to – hypothetically, of course – tune it up and bash through a version of “Unchained”, I’d probably say this axe still plays great. If I were to attempt a little “Hot For Teacher” on this guitar – not saying I did, not saying I didn’t – I might marvel at how resilient a 25 year old Floyd Rose is. In fact, if I had plugged this baby in to one of our Marshalls and rocked it non-stop for an hour, I might just say this is the coolest thing ever. This is the coolest thing ever.
Here she is sitting pretty next to Mick Mars’ custom Telecaster. ROCK IS KING! Cruise over to our Memorabilia Page on Facebook to chat me up about this classic axe.
Now let’s check out what Eddie does with one of these machines: