Ya know, we say it all the time, but we mean it every time we say it: There's always something going on at Hard Rock! Believe it. Why, just recently, a couple lads from some band called Duran Duran (heard of 'em?) stopped by Hard Rock Cafe Denver for a nosh, a pint, and to totally rock out some very, very lucky people.
Orlando, Fla., April 28, 2011 – Hard Rock called and fans answered, with votes cast from around the world in Hard Rock’s first global Battle of the Bands competition! As a direct result of online fan voting, Rosco Bandana of Hard Rock Cafe Biloxi, Stefany June of Hard Rock Cafe Cologne, Gugun Blues Shelter of Hard Rock Cafe Jakarta and IAMWE of Hard Rock Cafe Phoenix will officially join the lineup at Hard Rock Calling 2011 in London’s Hyde Park – one of the world’s most-anticipated concert events. With thousands of fans and top headliners, including The Killers, Bon Jovi and Rod Stewart, Hard Rock Calling 2011 is the chance of a lifetime for these emerging bands to gain exposure and showcase their talent in front of today’s most iconic artists.
Happy World Wish Day!
17-year old Alexx Kipp loves playing the drums. Always has. He's been playing since he was 8, jamming along while his dad played guitar, jamming alongside the Beatles tunes he loves. The playing proved to be therapy for Alexx during round after round of chemotherapy and radiation treatments for a brain tumor. Unlike a lot of kids his age, Alexx just needed something to take his mind off of all the hospital visits and doctor appointments. Alexx also had a wish to one day meet his drumming hero, one Mr. Richard Starkey or, as the world at large may know him better, Ringo Starr. Well, that wish came true today, thanks to the amazing Make-A-Wish Foundation and Hard Rock International.
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.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROY!
In celebration of Roy Orbisons 75th Birthday, a limited edition 75th commemorative pin is available at select Hard Rock locations and online. 15% of the retail price will benefit Musicians On Call.
Make sure to check out the Hard Rock philanthropy home page, which includes specially selected, rare images of the incredible Roy Orbison.
ALL IS ONE.
MAKE EVERY DAY EARTH DAY!
As Hard Rockers we live my our mottos, LOVE ALL - SERVE ALL, TAKE TIME TO BE KIND, ALL IS ONE and SAVE THE PLANET, which can be found on the walls of every Hard Rock location around the Globe. In celebration of Earth Day, coming up on April 22nd, we wanted to highlight a few examples of how our SAVE THE PLANET motto is brought to life in our Cafes, Hotels & Casinos and in our communities around the World. Hard Rock is honored to work with such incredible collaborative partners who selflessly devote their time, talent and resources to help make the world a healthier, safer place to live for us all! In honor of Earth Day, please consider supporting one of the below worthy causes...
Hard Rock International and The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) have partnered on an endangered species pin series program. There are 26 pins, for 25 Zoos & Aquariums, and available in 24 Hard Rock Cafe locations - collect them all!
Hard Rock Cafes around the Globe participated in Earth Hour. Concerts were held by candlelight from Bali to Bangkok, Jakarta to Makati.
Hard Rock International is honored to support Neil Young's LincVolt Project. The Goal of LincVolt is to inspire a generation by creating a clean automobile propulsion technology that serves the needs of the 21st century and delivers performance that is a reflection of the driver's spirit. By creating this new power technology, LincVolt hopes to reduce the demand for petro-fuels enough to eliminate the need for war over energy supplies, thereby enhancing the security of Nations around the world.
SAVE THE PLANET
Spanish rock group Jarabe de Palo recently stopped by Hard Rock Cafe Santo Domingo for a sold out show and one of the biggest parties around. Supporting ¿Y AHORA QUÉ HACEMOS?, their brand new album, the band ripped through hits, not-so hits, and a plethora of great tunes for a non-stop show celebrating the band's 15 years. From "La flaca" to "Depende" to "Bonito," the band ignited the audience from beginning to end, showing everyone what they already knew, that Jarabe de Palo rocks.
London, 18 April 2011 - Hard Rock International and Live Nation confirmed today that The Killers will headline Hard Rock Calling 2011 on Friday 24 June.
The Killers last performed in the UK, in support of their million-selling third album, Day And Age, in 2009. Following six years of intensive touring, the Las Vegas band then decided to take last year off to recharge their batteries and explore other projects, including solo work (Brandon Flowers’ Flamingo topped the UK charts last year, while a record from the band’s Ronnie Vannucci is expected this summer).
Orlando, Fla., April 18, 2011 – Hard Rock International today announced it has opened its newest cafe location at the heart of the “Pearl of the Orient” where East meets West. Hard Rock Cafe Hong Kong is conveniently located at Lan Kwai Fong Hotel in downtown’s Lan Kwai Fong Central, famous for its nightlife scene and people-watching. The new Hard Rock Cafe Hong Kong is sure to be a must-see destination for visitors and locals alike. The approximately 400-square-meter cafe includes seating for 120, a vibrant bar, a live music area and Rock Shop, featuring Hard Rock’s limited-edition merchandise. Memorabilia from Hard Rock’s iconic collection adorns the walls of Hard Rock Cafe Hong Kong, including items from many of the world’s most beloved and recognizable musicians, as well as contemporary artists with local ties. Key memorabilia items are now on display, from signed sheet music and a sequined outfit worn by Mandarin pop princess A-Mei Chang, to a Gibson Sunburst guitar used by Slash of Guns ‘N’ Roses, to a custom-made beaded stage outfit worn by Shakira during her last world tour.
Did you know? There's always something happening at Hard Rock. You didn't know? Well, what are you doing here? You need to get down to Hard Rock and check it our for yourself. Not buyin' it? Well, in that case, we just wanted to share some photos of recent live shows from Hard Rock Cafes all over the place. Yes, these are real photos. No, you weren't there. Well, maybe you were. We don't really know who was there. We just know that these shows were pretty darn #awesomesauce. What are you waiting for? Hard Rock's calling. If you don't answer, you're missing out.