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Posted on September 25, 2012 | Tags: , ,

​For Rosco Bandana, it truly is Time To Begin, as their aptly named first album so eloquently states, both in title and in sound. A debut album this good doesn't come around but once in a while, so Hard Rock Records is extremely proud to be the ones who are helping to shepherd this incredible band. The praise, however, should rest squarely on Rosco Bandana: Jason, Barry, Jennifer, Emily, Josh, Patrick, and Jackson. This band's humble origins in Mississippi have given rise to a record that is, at turns, foot stomping and quiet, celebratory and inward, and insanely good from beginning to end. Believe it.

We encourage everyone to get the album at iTunes or Amazon. It's available for download on both sites for just $8.99. Believe us, this is the beginning of something extraordinary. Rosco Bandana's rise begins now and Hard Rock is extremely lucky to be along for the ride.

It's Time To Begin.

Posted on September 24, 2012 | Tags:

09.24: This day in 1988 saw a song with absolutely no musical instruments top the Billboard Hot 100 music charts. Quick, name that tune! If you said "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin you get a cookie. That cookie, however, won't help you get the tune out of your head. You're welcome.

09.25: On this day in 1968, The Fresh Prince, Will Smith, was born and his parents, by the way, did understand. Remember when Will Smith was a rapper? Yeah, it's just weird to think of him like that now, even with the lilting chorus of "Summertime" rolling through our head.

09.25: On this day in 1980, a monster behind the kit, Zeppelin drummer John Bonham died. The Led Zeppelin legend died at Jimmy Page’s house after a night of drinking, as many have done before and since, choking on his own vomit as he slept. Rather than soldier on without him, the other members of the band decided to close the curtain on one of the greatest chapters in rock 'n' roll history. John Bonham was only 32. So young and so talented and so missed. Can you imagine if he'd lived, if Zeppelin had gone on to record and perform through the '80s, '90s, and into the present? It could've been amazing or it could've been awkward. We'll never know, but it's fun to think about sometimes.

Posted on September 20, 2012 | Tags: , , ,

Yep, you read that right. Dragons. In this case, it was ascendant rock band Imagine Dragons and the staff at the Cafe, as well as lucky-duck guests who stood in line for hours, weren't imagining anything. There was the band, ripping through a set of their songs, all acoustic-like and sounding awesome. We always dig it when a band takes its songs and reworks them, takes the songs and calms them down a bit within the parameters of an acoustic performance. We hate it when bands sound exactly like they do on record. If we wanted to hear that, we'd just listen to the record. That's why this performance rocked. Because Imagine Dragons rocks. Thanks to Hard Rock Cafe Detroit for hosting the show and sending up some pics to share.

Posted on September 17, 2012 | Tags: , , ,

Hard Rock Cafe Maui sponsored there very own 10K run, as part of a larger series of races on the island, including a half-marathon and a full 26-mile-holy-crap-that's-a-long-way marathon. In addition to catering an off-site carb-loading pasta party, setting up aid stations (re: water and go-go juice), the Cafe had over 300 runners participate in the 10K. Not only do we call this a good time, but we call this a success! And the two winners each won a custom Hard Rock guitar. Good times!

Posted on September 17, 2012 | Tags:

09.17: On this day in 1923, Hank Williams Sr. was born. What a glorious entry into this world. Holy moly, this man was a giant during and after his very short life. His music is country music. We wouldn't have country music as it is today without Hank Williams, Sr. Believe it.

09.17: Banned from the Ed Sullivan Show on this day in 1967 for including the original lyrics (how dare they) to their song "Light My Fire" (that go like this: "Girl, we couldn't get much higher) when they'd performed on said show, The Doors laughed and laughed because they really couldn't have cared less.

09.18: On this day in 1970, Jimi Hendrix died in a London hotel room. His exact cause of death has never been confirmed, but it is believed he was intoxicated and asphyxiated on his own vomit. An ignominious end to such an amazing career did nothing, however, to undo the ginormous facts and myths surrounding his virtuosity and life. Hendrix's influence on rock is a mountain unto itself. So many guitar players site his work as their inspiration that it would be counterproductive to attempt a list of such players. Suffice it to say that Hendrix is, was, and forever shall be the greatest guitar player of all time.

Posted on September 15, 2012 | Tags:

The Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square will be rocking on Thursday, October 4 as artists take to the stage for a benefit concert in honor of St. Mary’s Kids, with performances by Epic Records’ hottest new artists: Karmin, U.K. sensation Cher LLoyd, and X Factor favorite, Chris Rene. Opening the show is the cast from Broadway’s Best Party, Rock of Ages. The event will be hosted by Elvis Duran of Z100′s Elvis Duran and the Z100 Morning Show along with DJ Ambassadors Christine Nagy of LiteFM, Danielle Monaro of Z100 and other friends.

Posted on September 14, 2012 | Tags:

The Local Ambassador Program at the Hard Rock Cafe in Seattle volunteered to help sell programs at the Seahawks vs. Raiders game to benefit Special Olympics Washington. The team had a blast and helped raise the most funds of any participating group. ALL IS ONE.



Posted on September 10, 2012 | Tags:

09.10: On this day in 1950, Joe Perry, one half of the Toxic Twins (aka Perry and fellow Aerosmith bandmate Steven Tyler), was born.

09.10: “Sweet Child ‘O Mine” became Guns ‘N Roses first #1 hit. The single would propel the band’s album, Appetite for Destruction (one of the most beautifully dirty hard rock albums of all time), to the top, as well, over a year after it’d been released to little national fanfare. Long a staple of the Sunset Strip music scene in L.A., Guns ‘N Roses fast and furious entry in the spotlight came as a surprise to no one who’d actually seen the guys perform. They had “it.”

09.11: On this day in 1987, shortly after winning a Grammy award for Best Reggae Performance, pioneering reggae musician Peter Tosh was murdered during a robbery in his home. One of the original Wailers, along with Bob Marley and Bunny Livingston, Tosh’s music became more political and militant after leaving the band in 1974, standing in contrast to Marley’s “One Love.”

Posted on September 04, 2012 | Tags:

09.04: The Animals, they of "House of the Rising Sun," one of the first salvos in the British Invasion of the '60s, played their first show in the U.S. at the Paramount Theater in Brooklyn, on this day in 1964. America would very quickly become Brit-happy day trippers, rolling like stones and thinking 'bout tambourine men. The work of The Animals and their contributions to Brit Invasion history has been kind of forgotten in time. Sure the Brits probably would've still taken over American airwaves, bringing blues back to the States, but The Animals were one of the first to do it and are still one of the best. "House Of The Rising Sun" is an old, old American folk song, and nobody's quite sure about its origins, but The Animals claimed it as their own and will be forever attached to it.

09.04: The Beatles' "Love Me Do" became recorded reality, for the 2nd of 3 times, on this day in 1962 at Abbey Road Studios. It'd been recorded a few months earlier with The Beatles' first drummer, Pete Best. After Ringo joined the group, they re-recorded it. Their producer, George Martin, however, didn't like Ringo's drumming, so another version, the one people are most familiar with, was recorded one week later using a session drummer. Ringo was still on that version, though. He played the tambourine.

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