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Posted on September 29, 2010 | Tags: , ,

Last night, Melissa Etheridge helped launch Hard Rock's Pinktober campaign for breast cancer awareness at HRC Hollywood Blvd. Joined by up-and-coming singer Crystal Bowersox, Melissa tore through a set filled with hits past and present, lending her voice and her talent to a great cause. This is the fourth year that Melissa has served as Hard Rock's Artist Ambassador for Pinktober, putting her clout and influence behind a cause very close to her.

Posted on September 28, 2010 | Tags: , ,

Hard Rock presents Pinktober, featuring The Bangles, Amy Macdonald and Beverley Knight, October 5th, 2010, at indigO2 in aid of The Caron Keating Foundation. This exhilerating concert will top off Hard Rock's Pinktober campaign for breast cancer awareness, helping to raise money and hopes the world over. Now entering its 11th year, Pinktober has helped raise millions for breast cancer research, and it's our sincere hope that it's also helped raise awareness amongst Hard Rock's incredible worldwide fanbase.

For exclusive pre-sale tickets click here: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/12004505C2905639

Posted on September 27, 2010 | Tags: ,

Recording artist Lee Roy Parnell started his monthly "Lee Roy and Friends" show in August '09, as he puts it, "just for fun." Parnell stated, "I wanted to create a show where my band and I could play some of my established hits, but also some new stuff I was writing, followed by bringing artists and songwriters in to share the stage." 

09.27: On this day in 1947, Marvin Lee Aday was born. He would later go on to receive recognition as Meatloaf, a man who would do anything for love. Except, of course, that.

09.28: On this day in 1991, the jazz world lost a legend when Miles Davis passed away at the age of 65. Innovator, improviser, student, and mentor, Davis' massive influence on jazz, musicians and fans alike, proves formidable. His Kind of Blue album ranks as the best-selling jazz album of all time, while his Bitches Brew album is considered a masterpiece in the history of music, not just jazz. Davis’ life in jazz mirrors jazz itself, as he lived through or led every major movement within jazz from the ‘40s until his death, from swing to be-bop to fusion. Don't know what we're talking about? You should.

Posted on September 24, 2010 | Tags: , ,

In case you're wondering (but, really, why would you?), yes, Neil Young still rocks and rolls with the best of them. Neil's official solo tour stopped at Hard Rock Live at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Fla, as part of Hard Rock International's Ambassadors of Rock concert series on Thursday, September 23.

In the hotel's lobby, the incomparable Mr. Young also made a special appearance in support of his "Repowering the American Dream" LincVolt automotive environmental initiative. Attendees got a rare, close-up look at Young's proto-type LincVolt vehicle - a zero emissions, re-powered, 2.5-ton 19.5-foot 1959 Lincoln Continental convertible.

Posted on September 22, 2010 | Tags: ,

It was a sunny Sunday afternoon when 30 American Idol fans made their way to a private area in the Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh to hear 2009 Idol winner Kris Allen perform an intimate acoustic set. The show included Kris' hits "Live Like We're Dying" and his current single "The Truth." After the four song mini-set, Kris meet with fans for photos and autographs, then it was off to a private area in the Hard Rock Cafe to enjoy a legendary lunch before heading back to the Trib Total Media Amphitheater located in Station Square for his opening slot on the Maroon 5 show that evening.

We just wanted to share a few pics and to thank Kris for hanging out with the fans, with Hard Rock, and for not bringing Puala Abdul along.

Posted on September 20, 2010 | Tags: , , ,

09.20: On this day in 1973, Jim Croce died in a plane crash, another young casualty on the road of fallen musicians. Croce's working man storyteller style hit a chord in the early '70s, along with his smooth, honest voice, driving "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" and, posthumously, "Time In A Bottle" to the top of the charts.

09.21: Liam Gallagher, the somewhat snotty, extremely opinionated, and oft-drunken lead singer for Oasis, came to officially be on this day in 1972.

Posted on September 17, 2010 | Tags:

Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos is thrilled to announce that Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Fla., has been selected as a Travel Weekly Silver Magellan Award Winner in the Hotels and Resorts, Pool Design category for its one-of-a-kind water feature and Rock Star poolside services. 

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, FL

Additionally, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego has also been recognized with a Travel Weekly Silver Magellan Award in the Hotels and Resorts, Business/Conference Resort/Hotel category for its chart-topping business offerings and VIP-style event amenities.

Like the Grammys of the travel industry, the Magellan Awards honor the best in travel around the world. Each entry is judged against a standard of excellence by travel professionals including Peter Greenberg, Johnny Jet, and Patricia Schultz. For more information on the Magellan Awards, click here.

Posted on September 14, 2010 | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

09.13: On this day in 1996, Tupac Shakur died from gunshot wounds suffered the week before. The rapper, all of 25 years old, had been in intensive care for that week, undergoing many surgeries, including the removal of a bullet-damaged lung, and had been given a 50% chance of survival. Everyone thought he would pull through. He had before, but not this time.

09.15: On this day in 2004, seminal punk guitarist Johnny Ramone died of prostate cancer. A founder member of The Ramones, Johnny (aka John William Cummings) took his love of The Stooges (Iggy Pop's kickass band) and the MC5 (an aggro-rock band out of Detroit) and turned it into what would become known as punk. Many knowledgeable and awesome people consider The Ramones, having influenced members of The Sex Pistols and The Clash (themselves two of the first punk bands) with their tour of the U.K. in 1976, to be the first punk band of any repute. We won't disagree with this consideration.

09.06: On this day in 1943, Roger Waters was born. Fortunately, there weren’t any floating pigs, walls, or dark sides of any moons in the delivery room. Those would come later when Roger and his little band that could, Pink Floyd, took over the world.

09.07: On this day in 1936, Buddy Holly was born. One of rock 'n' roll's earliest stars, it is hard for us to imagine that Holly's career lasted all of around 18 months, from the time "That'll Be The Day" was released on May 27, 1957, to that fateful Day The Music Died on Feb. 3, 1959. Holly didn't invent rock 'n' roll, wasn't it's first pracitioner, but he brought songwriting to the fore, as before he came along, most perfomers had songs written for them, chosen by producers or label chiefs or even radio programmers. Holly wrote his own songs and showed that an artist could have more control over what he performed, while still churning out hits. Holly and his band, The Crickets, also did things differently in the studio, taking their time to craft the music, instead of adhering to label mandates, which usually kept the artists in tight schedules, leaving little room for experimentation. By writing his own songs and taking time in the studio to get those songs right, Holly influenced everone from The Beatles to The Beach Boys, from The Rolling Stones to Jimi Hendrix, and those artists, in turn, as you may have heard once or twice, influenced a plethora of musicians, themselves. Though Buddy Holly's career lasted only a short while, his influence has lasted (and will continue to last), whether musicians, performers, and audiences know it or not, for over 50 years.

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