Hard Rock | May 2011

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Posted on May 18, 2011 | Tags:

Orlando, Fla., May 18, 2011 – Coming soon to a city near you! Memorabilia from the world’s greatest rock legends and icons will head out on an unprecedented nationwide tour to celebrate Hard Rock International’s 40th Anniversary!  Fans will have the chance to experience rock history with Hard Rock’s 40th Anniversary Memorabilia Tour, honoring the lives and legends of rock’s greatest, like Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and John Lennon, as well as today’s hottest artists, including Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg and Katy Perry, and many more.  From unique clothes and lyrics, to historic instruments and rare personal items, Hard Rock has chosen the top 40 most iconic pieces of music memorabilia from its collection and will take guests through some of the most memorable years in rock history. 

Posted on May 18, 2011 | Tags:

From May 18-June 26, Hard Rocks all over the world will be celebrating our 40th anniversary with 40 Days That Rock! The phrase "there's always something happening at Hard Rock" has rung true for decades. So, as one of the world's most recognizable brands turns 40 this year, Hard Rock Cafes, Hotels & Casinos have made sure that 2011 is no exception. To honor the occasion, we're rolling out signature events, anniversary inspired specials and one-of-a-kind offerings that bring authentic music and rock 'n' roll experiences to life at each of our properties worldwide. Expect it to culminate at Hard Rock Calling in London's Hyde Park with Bon Jovi and the Killers taking the stage. Expect the unexpected.

05.16: On this day in 1990, another member of the Rat Pack passed. Sammy Davis Jr. was 64 when he died of throat cancer.

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 our mind to that merging of electronic, metal, and factory noise that is industrial music. 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!

Posted on May 16, 2011 | Tags: ,

Hard Rock's Memorabilia Tour

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, we're taking some of the most historic and iconic pieces of music memorabilia from our legendary collection out on the road to share with all our friends and fans throughout the United States. This spring/summer we're taking an elaborately outfitted big rig truck - in fact, we've created a completely immersive traveling museum on this thing - complete with some of the most insane memorabilia we could dig up. Jimi Hendrix' Flying V, Brian Jones' Vox teardrop, Freddie Mercury's Spandex stage outfit, handwritten John Lennon lyrics, the jacket from the cover of 'Rubber Soul', Peter Framptton's outfit and talkbox from 'Frampton Comes Alive', Michael Jackson's mega-iconic "Beat It" jacket, Tony Iommi's SG that recorded every classic Sabbath riff and a TON more. This is the most ambitious and spectacular tour we've ever undertaken. Keep up with the tour, and all things music, on our great Hard Rock Memorabilia page on Facebook.

Posted on May 10, 2011 | Tags:

... while wearing your Ringo "Peace & Love" Signature Series T!

Tune in to the encore airing on public television starting this Friday, and pick up Ringo's Signature Series "Peace & Love" T-Shirt and pin, aviailable now at Hard Rock locations worldwide and online.  Proceeds benefit the Lotus Foundation, in suport of The Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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Posted on May 09, 2011 | Tags: , , , , ,

05.09: On this day in 1949 the Piano Man, Billy Joel, was born. We heard he came out playing a piano, that's how destined he was to be The Piano Man. We're not sure if that story is true or if we just made it up right now.

05.10: On this day in 1957 punk rock legend Sid Vicious (John Beverly) was born. Living to the tender old age of 21, Sid's candle burned so very bright for such a short time. The Sex Pistols built their legend on the back of the exploding punk scene and one album, Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols. Sid joined the band only a year before they broke up, so he wasn't responsible for any of their music, but his face became a symbol of their popularity and his oft-photographed bloody visage became the thing people across the U.K. and the U.S.A. rallied against when The Sex Pistols went on tour. The American tour did them in, and Sid's life spiralled quickly into tabloid fodder, ending with his own death (after the death of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen) from a heroin overdose.

Posted on May 02, 2011 | Tags: , , ,

05.03: On this day in 1969 Jimi Hendrix was arrested on drug charges at Toronto International Airport after officials found heroin and hashish in his luggage. Hendrix was released on $10,000 bail and acquitted of the charges at a jury trial in December. His argument that convinced the jury? The drugs were slipped into his bags by a fan. Right, Jimi. A "fan." Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

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