Hard Rock International and Live Nation announced today that the Grammy® Award-winning, all-American rock band BON JOVI are confirmed to headline HARD ROCK CALLING on Saturday 25 June in London’s Hyde Park. Globally, the band has sold 120 million albums and performed more than 2,600 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 34 million fans. “2011 marks Hard Rock’s 40th anniversary and there is no better way to celebrate than with Bon Jovi at Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park,” said Hamish Dodds, president and CEO, Hard Rock International. “Not only has Bon Jovi been one of the world’s most successful and beloved bands, but they have also been a friend of the Hard Rock brand for many years.”
10.26: On this day in 1993, Catholic churches in San Juan, Puerto Rico, urged parishioners to 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.
The grand opening of Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood Blvd. took on the air of awesomeness, as these things tend to do in the City Of Angels, when acclaimed crooner Robin Thicke, up-and-coming shredder Orianthi, and a gaggle of celebs officially welcomed Hard Rock Cafe to one of the most trafficked boulevards in America. Located at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard at the Hollywood & Highland Center, beside the world-famous Kodak Theater, just steps away from Grauman’s Chinese Theater and on Hollywood’s starry Walk of Fame, Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood Blvd. has been going strong all summer, feeding and entertaining just steps from it all.
International superstar, and all around awesome person, Natasha Bedingfield stopped by Hard Rock Cafe Biloxi recently to sing some songs, lend her support to Pinktober, and just be as cool as she could be. Which is pretty cool, believe you us.
10.18:"Hail! Hail! Rock 'N' Roll!" Man, what an amazing birthday we have for you today. The one and only Chuck Berry joined us on this day, all the way back in 1926. He is one of the originals, probably the first to put all of the pieces together and make sweet, sweet rock 'n' roll. Bringing together boogie woogie, gospel, jazz, country, and blues, Chuck exploded onto the scene in 1955 with "Maybellene." From "Johnny B. Goode" to "No Particular Place To Go," Mr. Charles Edward Anderson Berry is a true originator, influencing everyone from Keith Richards to Jerry Garcia, Angus Young to Pete Townsend. And ya know what? He's still rocking out today. The man is 84 and still playing those licks like it's 1955!
10.20: October 20th is the birthdate of two electric music superstars. Tom Petty (1953) and Snoop Dogg (1972) were both born today. On first glance, you might think these two fellas are about as different from one another as two musicians could possibly be. Both, however, represented their respective towns better than any other residents before them. Petty, straight out of Gainesville, Florida, took garage rock out of the garage and into the arena, leading a charge against the rock bombast that dominated the airwaves of the day. Snoop Dog, straight out of the LBC, Long Beach, California, brought one of the most laid-back and recognizable flows ever heard to hip-hop, lending even more credence to California's burgeoning scene. These guys are both representin', for sure. 10.20: This day in 1977 saw one of the most devastating plane crashes in rock history, as the chartered plane of Lynyrd Skynyrd crashed into a Mississippi swamp, killing lead vocalist and songwriter Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, and his sister, back-up singer Cassie Gaines. Establishing mainstream acceptance of southern rock at the same time they transcended it, Lynyrd Skynyrd's success owed much to Ronnie Van Zant. Without him, it could not continue. Yeah, the band reformed in 1987 with Jimmy, Ronnie's brother, up front, but that incarnation proved, and still proves, to be more of a tribute band than anything else. Ronnie's beautifully gruff voice and down-to-earth lyrics formed the foundations for Lynyrd Skynrd's biggest hits, such as "Free Bird" and "Sweet Home Alabama," as well as their simply flat-out amazing songs, such as "Tuesday's Gone" and "The Ballad of Curtis Loew." 10.21: Coffee houses and open mic poetry nights owe a debt of gratitude to Jack Kerouac. The beatnik writer died today in 1969. He was 47. Author of On The Road and The Dharma Bums, Kerouac influenced an entire generation of writers, thinkers, and musicians, such as The Beatles, The Doors, Death Cab For Cutie, The Hold Steady, and Tom Waits. Kerouac's writing was itself heavily influenced by music, especially bebop jazz, with its free-flowing ideas and unconventional structures. A singular voice amongst a movement (the Beat Generation), Kerouac's death came from an internal hemorrhage brought about by heavy drinking. 10.23: On this day in 1956, honky-tonk music found a new hero when Dwight Yoakam strolled into this world, ready to kick country in the ass and remind it from whence it came. Embracing the country music he grew up on (think Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and Hank Williams), Yoakam didn't play by Nashville's rules and refused to bow to the mainstream pop-country that began to dominate the charts in the '80s. His music saw more embrace from rock and alternative audiences than country, and he played clubs that regularly hosted punk and hardcore bands, yet he still charted many songs on the country charts. This is why we love Dwight and why he rocks so very hard. 10.24: On this day in 1978, Keith Richards was found guilty of drug possession when the Royal Canadian Mounted Police found heroin and cocaine on his person. Richards received a suspended sentence and was ordered to play a benefit concert for the blind in Oshawa, Ontario. Because, ya know, that's an appropriate sentence for a drug-addled musician and people who are blind love Keith, too, or something like that. We don't really understand this suspended sentence. We're just amazed that Keith got caught with 22 grams of heroin and pretty much just had to play a concert as punishment. So, remember, if you get caught with 22 grams of heroin in Canada in 1978, all you'll be punished with is having to do what you do every day. Party time!
10.18:"Hail! Hail! Rock 'N' Roll!" Man, what an amazing birthday we have for you today. The one and only Chuck Berry joined us on this day, all the way back in 1926. He is one of the originals, probably the first to put all of the pieces together and make sweet, sweet rock 'n' roll. Bringing together boogie woogie, rockabilly, gospel, jazz, country, and blues, Chuck exploded onto the scene in 1955 with "Maybellene." From "Johnny B. Goode" to "No Particular Place To Go," Mr. Charles Edward Anderson Berry is a true originator, influencing everyone from Keith Richards to Jerry Garcia, Angus Young to Pete Townsend. And ya know what? He's still rocking out today. The man is 84 and still playing those licks like it's 1955!
At the intimate and acoustically amazing indigO2 theatre, deep in the heart of the O2 Arena in London, a plethora of musicians and performers joined Hard Rock for a night of excellent music and good times to raise funds and awarness for breast cancer research. As part of Hard Rock's Pinktober initiative, the always incredible Bangles, the beautiful and soulful Beverley Knight, and up-and-coming chantreuse Amy Macdonald all raised their voices in support of the Caron Keating Foundation, one of Hard Rock's favorite organizations.
Orlando, Fla., October 5, 2010 – Roll out the red carpet and prepare to make rock history on Thursday, October 21, 2010, as Hard Rock International’s global Ambassadors of Rock Tour travels to the “City of Angels” to celebrate the Grand Opening of its new Hollywood Boulevard cafe! The exclusive V.I.P. event will feature a 21 Gibson® guitar smash salute and a live performance by three-time GRAMMY® Award winner and multi-platinum recording artist Robin Thicke, along with special guest Australian singer/songwriter Orianthi. During the event, Thicke will also donate personal memorabilia, including the suit he will wear that evening, which will become a permanent addition to Hard Rock’s world-famous collection.
10.12: On this day in 1978, Sid Vicious, former bass player for The Sex Pistols, was arrested and charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, who'd died from a stab wound to the abdomen. Sid attempted suicide ten days after Spungen's death and subsequently found himself in Bellevue Hospital's psychiatric ward, where he would spend two weeks. Vicious, addicted to heroin and a "live fast, die young" punk attitude, had no memory of killing his true love and died a few months later, like so many musicians before and since, of a heroin overdose. Sadly, at the time of his death, Sid had been clean for the better part of four months, since the death of Spungen. He was celebrating his release from Riker's Island, after spending nearly two months there for an incident involving a smashed beer mug on someone's face, when a friend (some even say his own mother) suggested they get some heroin. It is still unknown who killed Spungen, as some have suggested that one of the two drug dealers to encounter the couple that night could be equally culpable.
10.04: On this day in 1970, Janis Joplin, a stellar blues voice in rock 'n' roll, died of a heroin overdose in a hotel room. Known just as well for her hard drinking and flamboyant style as her vocal prowess, Joplin had nearly completed a new album at the time of her death. That album, Pearl, which included "Me and Bobby McGee," would become the best-selling of her short career. From her work with Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Kozmic Blues Band, and The Full Tilt Boogie Band, Joplin left behind a collection of inspired blues- and funk-inflected rock tunes. Though many consider her to have been a decidedly unhandsome woman, those kinds of superficial things mean squat to us (for real, most musicians aren’t that good looking), as she possessed a singular voice through which she conveyed more emotion and depth than most singers before or since. Miss ya, kiddo.