08.29: On this day in 1958, Michael Jackson was born. Despite his numerous bouts of odd behavior over the years, he was still the man who gave us “Beat It,” "Human Nature," and “Billie Jean." And nothing will change that. Ever.
08.29: The Beatles last real concert, at Candlestick Park in San Fran, went down on this day in 1966. Instead of constant touring, the band wanted to focus on recording albums. Though a loss to some fans, the music world gained immeasurably from this, as the guys put out some of the best albums of all time, taking studio recording to new heights and unexpected directions with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles (The so-called White Album), Abbey Road, and Let It Be.
Last week, Hard Rock Cafe Denver and Mix 100 hosted an intimate private acoustic show with the Goo Goo Dolls. Part of an ongoing series of shows Hard Rock has done with Mix 100, this show was the latest in a long line of excellent shows, which have included James Blunt, Jason Reeves, Duran Duran and others.
08.22: Led Zeppelin released their last album of original material, In Through The Out Door, on this day in 1979. Though not exactly a return to their earlier oeuvre, the album did contain some shining moments, such as "South Bound Suarez" and "All My Love." A year later, drummer John Bonham died after a day of heavy-drinking, and Led Zeppelin disbanded a short time later. Unlike a lot of bands who lose a founding member, Led Zeppelin realized, for reasons both personal and professional, that they did not want to go on as a band. There's always talk of another reunion tour, as they've done intermittently since the group's disbandment, but we'll believe it when we see it. We're just happy for the music they created and left for our hungry ears to devour. Rock on, fellas. Rock on.
The David Lynch Foundation "Operation Warrior Wellness" program offers Transcendental Meditation, a scientifically proven approach, which can be easily learned and practiced in private, to help veterans overcome the nightmare of PTSD. For more info click here. TAKE TIME TO BE KIND.
Local Ambassadors from the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square helped host a very special BBQ for the children of Ronald McDonald House in NYC. For more click here. ALL IS ONE.
Hamburg, GER, August 17, 2011 – In a city that has hosted the early gigs of Liverpool’s original “Fab Four,” Hamburg once again claims rock residency with the opening of the new Hard Rock Cafe. Hard Rock International announced today the opening of its newest cafe location at the heart of Germany’s second city. Hard Rock Cafe Hamburg is conveniently located near the banks of the Elbe River in one of the city’s most historic buildings, the Landungsbrücken. Nestled in the port near local landmarks, including Old Elbe Tunnel, the Old Warehouse District and the Harbor City, the new Hard Rock Cafe Hamburg is poised to become a must-see destination for visitors and locals alike.
Orlando, Fla., August 16, 2011 – Hard Rock International today announced the opening of its newest cafe location at the heart of one of Mexico’s newest and most visited ports of call on the Yucatan Peninsula. The Costa Maya cafe will offer guests a unique first look at one-of-a-kind memorabilia items from several iconic artists, including Elton John and The Beatles, as well as Latin pop stars Shakira and Julieta Venegas.Hard Rock Cafe Costa Maya is located at Av. Paseo de Puerto No 1300, just minutes from historical landmarks, like the Mayan ruins in the Yucatan and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System near Xcalak. Owned and operated by franchisee Grupo ECE, the 7,535-square-foot cafe includes seating for 300, a vibrant bar, open-air terrace, live music area and a Rock Shop, featuring Hard Rock’s limited-edition merchandise.
The Hard Rock Cafe Phuket team and Local Ambassadors, hosted children from the “Make a Wish Foundation” from Bangkok and Ayuthaya . This was a very special group of children and the Hard Rock cafe Phuket Team proudly gave them a memorable event. For more click here. TAKE TIME TO BE KIND.
The Hard Rock Cafe in Mumbai, India, has been very busy building their Local Ambassador Program and supporting a wide range of local charities in their community. Hard Rockers helped in a wide range of charitable events and activities over the past few months including "Kicking It For a Cause", in support of Magic Bus and a local food drive, in support of IMAGINE THERE'S NO HUNGER. ALL IS ONE.
Hard Rock Cafe, Mumbai INDIA - Local Ambassador Team
08.15: On this day in 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair kicked off for 500,000 attendees in Bethel, New York. A defining moment of the ‘60s, this event, in retrospect, marked the culmination of the “love” generation’s hippy/peace movement. For three days, all was well and the world celebrated and watched in awe as so many people gathered together, listened to some of the best musicians of the decade, and caused so little trouble. The performers included a who's who of '60s music icons, including The Band, Joe Cocker, Richie Havens, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and a festival-capping, stunning rendition of The Star Spangled Banner by the inimitable Jimi Hendrix. It give us chills every time we watch it.