Hard Rock | December 2011

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Posted on December 07, 2011 | Tags:

Barbara Orbison, Widow of Rock Legend Roy Orbison, Dies of Pancreatic Cancer.

Her Death Falls on 23rd Anniversary of Roy Orbison’s Death

Barbara Orbison, widow of Rock and Roll legend, Roy Orbison, passed away December 6th after a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer. She was 60 years old. She died peacefully there with her sons, Roy Kelton Orbison, Jr. (41) and Alexander Orbison (36) by her side. Ironically, Barbara was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just days before Roy Orbison’s landmark 75th birthday (April 23rd).

Roy and Barbara Orbison had a devoted and enduring love affair, ultimately passing away on the same day, 23 years apart. 

Barbara Orbison will be buried next to her husband at Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles. Following a private graveside service, the family will announce plans for a Celebration of Life reception at the BMI offices in Nashville, Tennessee.

Donations in Barbara Orbison’s memory can be made to:

The Roy Orbison Foundation, c/o Leeann Hard, Forté Management, 725 Arizona Ave., Ste 206, Los Angeles, CA 90401, 310-394-5020, x102 ,leeann@forte.com).

The family requests that messages be sent to: barbara.orbison@orbison.com


Posted on December 05, 2011 | Tags:

Hard Rock International and WhyHunger Collaborate with Yoko Ono Lennon for Fourth Annual IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER Campaign to Raise Awareness and Funding for the Fight Against Childhood Hunger and Poverty.

Forty years ago, the late John Lennon dared to “Imagine” a world free from hunger, poverty and at peace forever with the release of his album’s title track. Decades later, his legacy thrives as his wife, artist and musician Yoko Ono Lennon joins Hard Rock International and WhyHunger once again for IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER, a global campaign to combat childhood hunger and poverty around the world. Dedicated to the brand’s “All is One” core values, proceeds from Hard Rock’s campaign will directly benefit WhyHunger, a leader in building the global movement to end hunger and poverty, and its grassroots partners around the globe in hopes of finding longterm solutions through sustainable agriculture.


To view the recent UN TV features click here.  To learn more about and support IMAGINE THERE'S NO HUNGER click here.



Posted on December 05, 2011 | Tags:

12.06: The writer of such hits as "Pretty Woman," "Only The Lonely," and "Cryin'," Roy Orbison, passed away from a heart attack on this day in 1988. From his initial success in the late '50s and early '60s to his popular decline through the '70s to his resurgence in the '80s, Orbison's career spanned four decades, from the early days of rock 'n' roll onward. His uncannily, almost impossibly smooth tenor accompanied his rock ballads to the top of the charts, influencing some of the great bands of the '60s, like The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, with whom he toured in Europe in 1963. His friendship with George Harrison lasted the rest of his life, as George would join Orbison, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, and Bob Dylan in Traveling Wilburys, one of the greatest supergroups in the history of supergroups (quick, name another), thanks in no small part to Orbison's contributions, which, like most of his work, was flat-out brilliant. It's been twenty years since his death, but if you watch the filmed 1987 concert movie Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night, you'll swear he's still here, his voice resonating through your brain like the morning sun through your bleary eyes.

12.07: On this day in 1949, one of the most distinct voices in music came to be, when legendary rocker Tom Waits was born. His smoky growl leaves many people covering their ears, ready to bolt for the nearest exit, but the admiration heaped upon him by his fans, musicians and regular folk alike, knows no bounds. Despite his voice or, rather, because of his voice and his immense appetite for trying on new musical approaches, Waits has accumulated a massive cult following around the world, eager to listen to new works alongside his established classics. Changing his style over the years, incorporating unusual instruments and difficult arrangements (at least, for a musician lumped into the rock cannon), Waits' albums run the gamut from the gorgeous piano and string affairs of his early work to the avant-rebirth of Swordfishtrombones to the gaunt and stripped down Real Gone. A genuine one-of-a-kind in a world of sound-alikes and mainstream trash, Tom Waits continues, as he's done for nearly forty years, to be his own man, and for that we love him, waiting with bated breath to see what he comes up with next.

Posted on December 01, 2011 | Tags:

In support of World AIDS Day, please consider support of Children Affected by AIDS Foundation (CAAF).  CAAF is a registered 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to providing social, educational, recreational and other support to vulnerable children impacted by HIV and affected by AIDS.  To learn more click here.  To purchase a limited edition Hard Rock Cafe NYC  "Dream Halloween" pin click here, to donate click here.  ALL IS ONE.


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