Hard Rock Seattle partnered with Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington to grant 13-year-old Simone’s wish to be a rock star. Simone, who is battling a rare bone disease, flew from Italy to play a rock show in Seattle alongside Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan and emceed by KZOK’s Danny Bonaduce. Take Time To Be Kind.
The San Antonio Hard Rock Ambassadors recently volunteered at the Hair a Thon for Kids at the Aveda Institute in San Antonio. Children that are currently in foster care were treated to free haircuts and styling by stylists that volunteered their services. The Hard Rock location donated a great lunch to the kids and volunteers during the event. The Ambassadors had a great time serving the meal and spending time chatting with the kids and other volunteers. We also did a school supply drive that benefitted the Children’s Shelter of San Antonio. Over 500 school supplies were donated by the San Antonio staff!
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49 years ago today Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the infamous "I Have A Dream Speech" and changed our world. ALL IS ONE
08.27: On this day in 1965, The Beatles met Elvis Presley for the first and only time at his home in Bel Aire. Rumors abound about the meeting, with some saying The King felt threatened by The Fab Four's ascendency, while others, who claimed to be there that night, say everyone had a good ol' time, jamming some tunes, shooting some stick, and just hanging out. We can see how The Beatles, having grown up on Elvis, would've been stoked to hang out with their idol, while Elvis may have been a bit threatened by the youngsters domination of the charts and the hearts of music lovers everywhere. Elvis shouldn't have worried, though, as he was just three years away from his '68 Comeback Special, which would revitalize his mojo and carry him forward until his death. 08.27: On this day in 1990, guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a helicopter crash. He was 35. Yeah, that sucked. That was a dark day for us. Stevie had been through so much, had climbed out of addiction and back into life, had embraced his music as never before and truly enjoyed performing again. It had been so long since he'd had that feeling. Then, after a show in Wisconsin, just a minute after take-off, he was gone. The helicopter in which he was riding slammed into a nearby hill, the pilot unfamiliar with the terrain and unable to see in that night's heavy fog. Truly one of the greatest guitar players who ever lived, check out the Live From Austin DVD if you don't believe us. Amazing.
What to do in Denver over the weekend? Plenty if you were hanging out at Hard Rock Cafe Denver! The Cafe hosted a rockin' awesome block party, featuring two stages, eight bands, a bunch of street vendors, and 1500 people. Why you ask? Because they're awesome and because they were raising money for an incredible organization called Love, Hope, Strength Foundation. The party was headlined by The Fixx and a good time was had by all. Rock on!
08.20: They found a new drug, as Huey Lewis and the News get their first #1 hit with "The Power of Love," from the Back To The Future soundtrack. We know, we know, it's hard to believe that they didn't have a #1 previous to Michael J. Fox's intervention and influence and Huey's star-making turn/cameo in said flick, but it's true. 08.20: Good times, not bad times, came the way of Robert Plant's family on this day in 1948, as the future singer of one of the best-selling rock bands of all time was born. If you said Bob was lead singer of Huey Lewis and the News, then you do not get a cookie, do not pass go, and go straight to jail. If you said he helped lead Led Zeppelin to the top of the rock world, then you're a winner, winner chicken dinner. 08.21: On this day in 1967, Serj Tankian was born. As lead singer and co-songwriter of '90s standout metal band System Of A Down, Serj helped his band standout from the pack of nü-metal bands that emerged in the mid-'90s (Korn, Static X, Limp Bizkit), eschewing the basic song structures and limited lryics of bands (ahem, Limp Bizkit, we're talking to you) with whom System was lumped. System really didn't sound like anyone else, which is probably why people responded so strongly to their sound, especially the metal riffs, Tankian's singular vocals, the lyrics traded between Tankian and guitarist Daron Malakian, the odd time signatures and mid-song change-ups. Doesn't sound like the makings of a hit band, does it? It worked insanely well for System Of A Down. Believe it.
Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu hosted a booth at their local Yelp Helps event at The Hawaii Food Bank. Yelp Helps is an initiative for Yelpers and the general public to raise awareness and donations for local charities. This event was the perfect opportunity to create positive affinity and positive reviews with Yelpers and to connect with our local community. ALL IS ONE.
The Hard Rock in Dubai Local Ambassador Team volunteered to support Adopt A Camp who believes in "Being Human for Every Human Being". TAKE TIME TO BE KIND.
08.14: On this day in 1941, David Crosby was born. He’s best known as the founder of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, & Nash, two influential and huge American ‘60s folk bands. In 2000, it was revealed that Crosby was the biological father of Melissa Etheridge and her partner’s two children, further catapaulting his legend. The man's been through a helluva lot in his life, both good and bad. Drug problems, a severe motorcycle accident, money problems, the loss of his house to foreclosure, and a liver transplant didn't end him. He still managed to tour, meet a child (now an adult) he never knew about, make music, and drop off a donation at the sperm bank for Melissa Etheridge and her then partner. Not much, it seems, slows him down. What a guy. 08.14: On this day in 1989, Bon Jovi’s New Jersey became the first legally released U.S. album in the Soviet Union. This is a pretty cool factoid, in and of itself, but there is one excellent rumor that goes along with it. Due to currency restrictions which didn't allow rubles to leave their country, the Russian label, Melodiya, paid the group with a truckload of firewood. However dubious that rumor is, it's kinda funny to imagine John and the boys receiving firewood as payment, if only for one regional release, for one of the biggest albums of their career. John: "What am I supposed to do with this?" Melodiya: "Stay warm?" John: "You know, I woulda taken a truckload of vodka, too." Melodiya: "We drank it all."
If you don't know about the Wacken Open Air festival, then you must not A.) be into metal and B.) have the assets to travel to northern Germany for one of the most badass festivals that side of the planet. Metal, metal, metal all day and night! For real, it's a very cool festival, featuring bands both big and small. It's not far from Hard Rock Cafe Hamburg, so the Cafe decided to get in on some of the action, hosting a press conference with legendary hard rock band The Scorpions. They also hosted a VIP area with shuttle service to and from the festival. Rock on!