After their show in Cologne on November 13th, 2010, metal legends The Scorpions received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Hard Rock Cafe Cologne. The award is a portrait of Jimi Hendrix, in fact, the largest Jimi Hendrix painting in the world. The artwork was designed and manufactured by a group of art students in Prague, lead by Professor Petr Vrana. The acrylic on canvas piece is 14 m x 8m and was the featured piece of art at the Woodstock Art Retrospective which took place in 1999 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original Woodstock festival. Check it out, hanging up. It's huge:
11.30: The rebel yelled for the first time today in 1955. Billy Idol took his first steps toward white weddings, Mony, eyes without faces, and rockin' cradles of love. Born William Michael Albert Broad, Idol supposedly gained his nickname during his school days, due to his idle ways. Joining a handful of bands in the '70s as a guitar player, including an early incarnation of Siouxsie and The Banshees and a punk band called Chelsea, Idol moved into the lead singer position with his next band, Generation X. Lasting five years and three proper albums, Generation X tried to remain true to its punk origins, while attempting to pursue more of a rock sound. Tensions boiled over between Idol and other band members due to this dichotomy, however, leading to the departure of the guitar player and the drummer. Pounding it out for one more album, which included an early version of Idol's first solo hit, "Dancing With Myself," Generation X finally called it quits in 1981. Which, of course, allowed Billy to pursue a solo career full of massive rock hits, ubiquitous early '80s videos, and, the cherry on the sundae, a cameo in The Wedding Singer. Man, Billy's got the life.
Honolulu, HI, November 23, 2010 – After more than two decades on Kapiolani Boulevard, Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu is surfing its way to Waikiki! Relocating to Honolulu’s most vibrant location, Hard Rock International is thrilled to bring its signature guest experience to 280 Beachwalk at the corner of Kalakaua Ave. on November 23, 2010! The new Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu is the ideal locale to foster the brand’s unique character appeal and cater to the evolving and distinctive needs of rockers of all ages who seek a reprieve from traditional casual dining experiences.
11.22: INXS, the Aussie megagroup, lost its lead singer, Michael Hutchence, on this day in 1997. Found dead his hotel room in Sydney, on the eve of launching the homecoming leg of their world tour, the coroner ruled his death a suicide, but many around him believe otherwise. Found nude with a belt lying nearby, some claim that he died during a botched sex act, as a suicide note never surfaced and he'd previously given no indication of being suicidal. However, alcohol, cocaine, Prozac and other prescription drugs were found in his bloodstream during his autopsy. This, coupled with a bitter custody battle, a history of depression, and an album, Elegantly Wasted, that went nowhere, may have been enough to push him over the edge. We'll never know. We just know that we love "New Sensation" and "Devil Inside" like they were our own children. Viva la 1987!
11.15: Bruce Dickinson officially took over lead singing duties in Iron Maiden on this fine day in 1981, when he appeared live with the band for the very first time. Maiden's first lead singer, Paul Di'Anno, had left to pursue other opportunities. How's that working out for you, Paul? Don't get us wrong, we really dig Paul's work with Maiden. His strong rock voice bridged punk growl with '70s hard rock. Just listen to "Wrathchild" from Killers and you'll see what we mean. He helped lay the groundwork for the beast that would emerge after his departure. Bruce, however, led the band into the netherworlds of heavy metal knights, dark magic, Greek myth, dying with your boots on, and international stardom. Bruce is the man, and our undying love for his soaring, operatic vocals and evocative lyrics is forever imprinted on our brain. Maiden rules!
It's quite a milestone, 20 years, especially in the world of retail and restaurants. Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas at Hard Rock Hotel recently celebrated that amazing milestone with some close friends and began to plan for the next 20. It's never too early. Like all good Hard Rock celebrations, though, this night also raised money for a great cause, with this night's being Three Square Food Bank, a southern Nevada organization that's been feeding people and families since 2006.
Holly Madison and some of her cohorts from Holly's World stopped by for a spot of tea and some cake and to play guitar. If you go to the Cafe right now, they're still there and they'll buy you a beer. Believe it.
11.10: This day in 1979 saw the last #1 hit ("Heartache Tonight") for the Eagles, who would break up shortly thereafter, ending the run that saw five #1 singles and three #1 albums (though they've since had two more #1 albums, with Hell Freezes Over from 1994 and Long Road Out Of Eden from 2007). Not bad, we say. Not bad. From "Desperado" to "Hotel California," the Eagles proved to be one of the biggest bands of the '70s. Two of their albums are ranked in the top ten all time bestsellers of all time in the bestsellingest records of all time chart thingy. Of course, they've gotten back together since the breakup at the end of the '70s because, ya know, the money's pretty good for that old time rock and roll.
Supporting WhyHunger, Hard Rock's IMAGINE THERE'S NO HUNGER campaign fights to end childhood hunger and poverty, helping those who need it most by supporting sustainable grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment. Heading into our 3rd year of this exceptional program, Hard Rock kicked it off the only way we know how, with a ton of our musically-inclined friends and a big ol' show.
11.01: On this day in 1962, F.I.S.T. star and Red Hot Chili Peppers singer, Anthony Kiedis, was born. Though the Chili Peppers have been around since the mid-'80s, they didn't really show up on the "mainstream" radar until their Mother's Milk album in 1989, with its killer, funky, heavy cover of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground." The next album, however, is the one that launched them into superstardom, when they released Blood Sugar Sex Magik in 1991. Selling more than 13 million copies, this album melded their signature sound with a collection of vivid and memorable videos for the funky "Give It Away," the ethereal "Under The Bridge," and the bawdy, euphamistic "Suck My Kiss." Mr. Kiedis' hybrid of singing and rapping heralded the emergence an entirely new subgenre within rock, built from funk, hip-hop, and hard rock, for better and worse. From this new sound emerged both the greatness of Rage Against The Machine and the dregs of the Kottonmouth Kings. A two-edged sword, indeed, but we wouldn't have it any other way. Happy birthday, Mr. Kiedis!