An excerpt from George's blog...
WHAT AN AWESOME EXPERIENCE!!! My 4 State run got the word out about the Pensacola Lighthouse/Pensacola ,FL, raising funds, meeting locals & politicians, receiving letters from the president, governor Rick Scott of FL, throwing the opening pitch at the Blue Wahoos baseball game + many more events = 100% achieving my goals. My Facebook page has a lot of media & pics for public view ... I have shown the world that a punk rock athlete can effect change & live his dream. With this achievement I will continue to work the hardest I can through my 2012 tour schedule and challenge myself greater in my 2013 tour.
ALL IS ONE
07.30: Buddy Guy, the bluesman’s bluesman, revealed himself to his folks and an unsuspecting world on this day in 1936. Inspiration to guitar greats Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and a menagerie of '60s rock icons, Buddy continues to inspire audiences today. 07.30: On this day in 1957, Jerry Lee Lewis, performing “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”, made his national television debut, helping sales of that single leap from 30,000 to over 6 million. That's quite a leap there, Mr. Lewis. Well done, sir. We still wish you hadn't married your 13-year old cousin. That was kinda messed up, and it effectively stopped your rise in the world of rock, which just sucks, any way you look at it because you rock, sir. Oh well, as much as we wish we could, we can't change the past, so we'll just have to live with it.
As one of the many activities to support their local community, the Local Ambassador team from the Hard Rock Cafe in Honolulu participated in a Sandy Beach Clean Up, along with 30 volunteers and the Waikiki Aquarium. A big MAHALO to all who came out! ALL IS ONE.
Hard Rock Cafe Denver recently hosted one of the country's hottest electro-pop-dance-punk bands (yes, that's a thing), Neon Trees. If you've never heard them or seen them live, you should seek them out. Now. Go ahead, we'll wait. They're worth it. Believe us.
Alright, now that you've done that, we just wanted to share some pics from Neon Trees' set and show you what you missed. Or maybe you were there and you didn't miss it. We don't know where you were. All we know is that we wanted to show you these pictures. There's always something happening at Hard Rock, whether you're there or not, so you should make it a point to be there. Now, check out Neon Trees:
07.23: Pushed out top hat first, Slash of Guns ‘N Roses fame was born on this day in 1965. Inarguably, in our opinion, the biggest and best band to emerge from the Sunset Strip hair metal scene of the '80s (sorry, Mötley Crüe), Gun N' Roses transcended that silly "genre", shedding the makeup (but keeping the hair) and shredding faces at the same time, due in large part to the fingerlicious guitar work of one Saul Hudson, aka Slash. We still remember the day when someone asked us if we'd heard of this new band from L.A. called Guns 'N Roses. We said "no," proceeded to acquire the cassette, and totally went crazy over Appetite For Destruction, an album that continues to rock our world to this day, 25 years later. Yes, it will go down in history as a seminal rock record, as one of the best hard rock albums of all time, and as a testament to the fact that the Sunset Strip hair metal scene bred at least one amazing band and, comparatively, a whole bunch of crappy ones. 07.23: On this day in 1977, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham and the group's hulk-like alpha dog manager, Peter Grant, were charged with assault after a fight broke out backstage with employees of the show’s promoter, the late and great Bill Graham, at an Oakland Coliseum concert. Grant blamed his own head of security for the escalation of tensions, but it didn't really matter who was to blame, as things had gotten out of hand pretty quickly, leading to at least two backstage brawls and plenty of knockouts. Yeah, that was The Zep back in the day. Emotion and reaction and rock.
The Hard Rock Cafe San Antonio sponsored the green room for the artists and backstage pass winners of Operation Homefront's Concert. Operation Homefront is an organization dedicated to providing emergency financial assistance to service members and their families. The cafe provided food and beverages to those hanging out backstage for the concert that featured Angie Johnson, Glen Templeton, Steve Holy and Tracy Lawrence. The folks at San Antonio hope to become a bigger part of next year's event so that way it'll be bigger and better! LOVE ALL SERVE ALL!
07.17: On this day in 1959, at the age of 44, the amazing and influential Lady Day, Billie Holiday, died in a New York hospital from cirrhosis of the liver. The jazz singer’s deteriorating health was brought on by years of drug and alcohol abuse. At the time of her death, she had only $0.70 in the bank, had been arrested in her hospital bed for narcotics possession, was due to be arraigned on drug charges, and was surrounded by a police presence for the last three weeks of her life, gaining a respite only hours before she died, when a judge ordered the police out of her hospital room. That she died in such an egregious way does nothing, however, to diminish her star, to take away from the legend she left behind. Her singular singing style moved jazz and pop in directions no one could have envisioned, introducing emotion to a genre that had previously only carried that with instrumentation. As well, her particular phrasing of certain lyrics showed that singing didn't have to be a 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4 progression, following a certain rhyme and meter, that lyrics can be interpreted many different ways, enunciated in unexpected variations. A humongous leap forward, her style influenced not only other jazz singers, but singers from the '30s onward. Seriously, just listen to her version of "Strange Fruit" (one of the first anti-racism songs in the U.S.) and you will know what we're babbling about.
07.18: This day in 1953 saw one of the greatest performers of all time record his first songs, which he paid for himself ($3.98, thank you very much), when an 18-year-old Elvis Presley walked through the doors of Sun Records (née Memphis Recording Service) and laid down the tracks for two songs, "That's When Your Heartaches Begin" and "My Happiness," that were, supposedly, recorded for his beloved mom. Sam Phillips' assistant took note of the young singer, suggesting to her boss that Elvis might be the voice of the new sound Sam was looking to foist upon white teens. That is, rock and roll, an entirely new genre back then, up to that time only performed by African-American musicians and singers. It took a good year from the time Elvis recorded that first vanity record until he quit his job as a truck driver to pursue singing full-time, but that first record began a ride that wouldn't end until his death in 1977. Long live the King!
07.09: "It's a long way to the top, if you wanna rock 'n' roll!" Man, what an awesome lyric from an awesome band. Along that path, on this day in 1946, former AC/DC frontman, Bon Scott, was born. It would be a good 30 years before Bon would growl those lyrics and it's been nearly that long since he last sang them, but they rocked then and they rock now and they will always rock, thanks to Bon and the boys. Happy birthday, Bon. We miss ya', kid. 07.09: On this day in 1975, Jack White was born. Bringing his Detroit rock pedigree to bear on his immense love for the blues, White has, with the help of his cohort Meg White and others, seemingly overnight, brought rock and roll back to the airwaves, back to the fore of many music minds, and shown the world that rock is, in fact, NOT dead, that rock still has room for amazement, and that rock can be true and popular without sacrificing quality (unlike a lot of the "rock" that crowds radio station playlists with their overly simple and highly derivative musicianship and lyrics). We love Jack White, in all of his iterations. From The White Stripes to The Raconteurs to The Dead Weather to his incredible production on Loretta Lynn's Van Lear Rose, Jack is filled to the brim with talent, drive, and an intense love for music. Happy birthday, Jack. You most definitely rock.
RINGO STARR CELEBRATED HIS BIRTHDAY WITH PEACE & LOVE AT NOON AT HARD ROCK CAFE NASHVILLE ON JULY 7
Ringo Starr celebrated his birthday Saturday, July 7, 2012, in Nashville where he and his wife Barbara joined family, friends and fans in front of Hard Rock Cafe Nashville and share a "Peace & Love" salute at noon. The now traditional Peace & Love celebration invites everyone everywhere to say, think or do Peace & Love at noon their time. Starr began the tradition of celebrating Peace & Love birthday parties with Hard Rock in 2008, when he and Barbara joined throngs of fans on the street in front of Hard Rock Cafe Chicago; the next was a traffic-stopping event in front of Hard Rock Cafe New York in Times Square and last year saw them at Hard Rock Hamburg.
For real. How could they not rock the beach. Isn't Surfers just one big beach? Well, not quite, but it is very much associated with all things beachy, including rocking and rolling. That's where Hard Rock Cafe Surfers Paradise comes in. Recently, the city put on a "month-long celebration of Gold Coast art, culture, music and food," and Hard Rock was a big part of the music part of said celebration, sponsoring and hosting the main music stage for a little soiree we called "Hard Rock Rocks The Beach". Pretty catchy, isn't it? With sets by Hoodoo Gurus and Sneaky Sound System tearing up the stage, thousand upon thousands of people extolled the virtues of awesomeness that is Surfers Paradise. We just wanted to share some photos and show everyone who wasn't there what they were missing. Consider yourself jealous.