Hard Rock Cafe Seattle recently hosted two incredible indie bands, proving once again that no matter where you end up in Seattle, music isn't far behind. In conjunction with local radio stations, Entercom Radio and 98.9, Two Door Cinema Club and Snow Patrol held down the stage at the Cafe, filling the space upstairs with their respective sounds. As always with these radio-sponsored gigs, the lucky ones are the fans, of which there are only about 25-40 lucky ducks chosen to attend, who get to see their favorite bands up close and personal. Hard Rock Cafe Seattle really knocks these shows out of the park.
Thursday, October 25th, Hard Rock Cafe Gatlinburg held the "Paint It Pink(tober) Party & Rockin' Silent Auction". The silent auction included over 20 items from local partners all in the name of a good cause! The Cafe's radio partner was onsite all afternoon conducting live remote broadcasts. They even had a pink fire truck all the way from Kentucky! The "Guardians of the Pink Ribbon" travel around to raise money and awareness for the various forms of cancer that affect women. Anyone can sign the truck in memory or tribute. The Cafe's bartender, Tina, signed the pink fire truck in memory of her best friend, and former Hard Rock Cafe Gatlinburg employee, Lisa Lewis, who passed away in 2007 to breast cancer.
The Vice Mayor of Gatlinburg, reading a proclamation by the Mayor, officially proclaimed the month of October "Pinktober" for the City, in honor of the ongoing activations and philanthropic work. Closing out the evening, Nashville recording artist Kimber Cleveland performed in the Cafe's "Chapel". For the event and silent auction, HRC Gatlinburg raised $1,300, which will be added to the money raised throughout the month. All monies will be donated to the Thompson Cancer Survival Center, which specifically focuses on the breast cancer and breast health programs. ALL IS ONE.
10.31: Robert Matthew Van Winkle joined us this day in 1968. Wait, what? You've never heard of Robert Matthew Van Winkle? Well, when we tell you the name that most of us know him by, you'll wish we hadn't. Still want to know? Vanilla Ice. There, we said it. Vanilla Ice. Man, we feel so dirty. The simple fact that more people know "Ice Ice Baby" than know the immaculate, incredible, indelible Queen and David Bowie collaboration of "Under Pressure" (from whence Ice sampled its amazing riffs and beats) makes us cringe, cry, and scream in anger, all at the same time. Ice's thankfully short-lived chart and cultural popularity will forever be one of those things (like "Disco Duck" and Ashley Simpson and '80s hairstyles) that everyone collectively looks back on and hates themselves for having taken part in, if only by way of knowing what and who they are.
11.01: On this day in 1962, F.I.S.T. star and Red Hot Chili Peppers singer, Anthony Kiedis, was born. Though the Chili Peppers have been around since the mid-'80s, they didn't really show up on the "mainstream" radar until their Mother's Milk album in 1989, with its killer, funky, heavy cover of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground." The next album, however, is the one that launched them into superstardom, when they released Blood Sugar Sex Magik in 1991. Selling more than 13 million copies, this album melded their signature sound with a collection of vivid and memorable videos for the funky "Give It Away," the ethereal "Under The Bridge," and the bawdy, euphamistic "Suck My Kiss." Mr. Kiedis' hybrid of singing and rapping heralded the emergence an entirely new subgenre within rock, built from funk, hip-hop, and hard rock, for better and worse. From this new sound emerged both the greatness of Rage Against The Machine and the dregs of the Kottonmouth Kings. A two-edged sword, indeed, but we wouldn't have it any other way. Happy birthday, Mr. Kiedis!
October 25, 2012 – Philadelphia – Hard Rock International, owner of one of the world’s most iconic brands, with interests in cafes, hotels, casinos, and live venues throughout the world, announces an agreement with Bart Blatstein and Tower Entertainment, LLC to manage the first destination casino/hotel in downtown Philadelphia. The proposed casino/hotel project, to be named “The Provence”, will be located on North Broad Street.
“We are thrilled to be working with Tower Developments on this project,” said Jim Allen, Chairman of Hard Rock International. “We look forward to bringing years of casino experience to downtown, with many on the executive team having Philadelphia roots. The state-of-the-art venue will provide world-class entertainment with the convenience of the downtown location.”
Hard Rock Cafe Nashville recently hosted a rockin' awesome Pinktober party featuring music superstars Kellie Pickler and Dierks Bentley, as well as a surprising-jump-on-stage-and-jam-some-songs by the incomparable Sheryl Crow. Raising money for the American Cancer Society, the sold-out event truly is the epitome of how we can all make a difference, no matter how large or small, in fighting cancer. We just wanted to thank everyone involved, everyone who came out for a great cause, and especially Kellie, Dierks, and Sheryl. It truly was an incredible night.
10.23: On this day in 1956, honky-tonk music found a new hero when Dwight Yoakam strolled into this world, ready to kick country in the ass and remind it from whence it came. Embracing the country music he grew up on (think Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and Hank Williams), Yoakam didn't play by Nashville's rules and refused to bow to the mainstream pop-country that began to dominate the charts in the '80s. His music saw more embrace from rock and alternative audiences than country, and he played clubs that regularly hosted punk and hardcore bands, yet he still charted many songs on the country charts. This is why we love Dwight and why he rocks so very hard.
10.24: On this day in 1978, Keith Richards was found guilty of drug possession when the Royal Canadian Mounted Police found heroin and cocaine on his person. Richards received a suspended sentence and was ordered to play a benefit concert for the blind in Oshawa, Ontario. Because, ya know, that's an appropriate sentence for a drug-addled musician and people who are blind love Keith, too, or something like that. We don't really understand this suspended sentence. We're just amazed that Keith got caught with 22 grams of heroin and pretty much just had to play a concert as punishment. So, remember, if you get caught with 22 grams of heroin in Canada in 1978, all you'll be punished with is having to do what you do every day. Party time!
10.15: Tina Turner, not yet your private dancer, finalized her split with Ike Turner on this day in 1976. She'd left her marriage to Ike a few months before that, after an especially violent outburst by Ike, but now the split went all the way through their professional arrangement, as well. Though her career with Ike had yielded many hit songs during its run, it would be another 8 years before Tina would find herself back on top, at the very un-rock 'n' roll age of 44, when "What's Love Got To Do With It" topped the charts in all its '80s glory and Tina awesomeness. And, ya know, she still rips up the crowds today. We get all googly-eyed just thinking about her. She rocks. 10.16: On this day in 1962, Michael Peter Balzary, aka Flea, was born. One of the most intense and funky bass players ever to slap four strings, Flea's early penchant for jazz had teachers at his school in Los Angeles singing his praises, calling him the second coming of Herb Alpert. Then Flea became friends with a couple of Cali kids by the names of Anthony Kiedis, from whom he would get his nickname due to his intense and bouncy energy, and Hillel Slovak. They would eventually become The Red Hot Chili Peppers, sometimes wearing nothing but socks in one strategic area while playing shows, and conquer the known world with their hybrid of George Clinton space funk, Sex Pistol-esque punk, and heavy metal thunder.
The Local Ambassador program at the Hard Rock Cafe in Indianapolis has been busy, busy, and we will continue supporting the community with additional events and activation to finish up the year and throughout 2013 and beyond. This fun and exciting group of Hard Rockers have been donating their time to various charity programs and causes, including Habitat for Humanity - will have 15 people for the build at the end of the month, the "Pinking" of the Canal - brought boxed lunches and Pinktober merch to the canal to sell to the attendees, participating in an AIDS Walk - on September 29, a Clothing Drive - in September that collected around 20 bags donated to the Homeless Initiative downtown and to the Sheltering Wings Women’s Abuse Shelter in Danville, Indiana. The support and willingness of these Hard Rockers to donate their time is outstanding and truly exemplifies our “Take Time To Be Kind” motto. ALL IS ONE.
Hard Rock Cafe Opens In Heart Of Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland, October 15, 2012 – From wowing crowds in London and shocking the masses in Paris, to entertaining fans in New York, Hard Rock International has taken the world by storm – and now the famous brand makes its debut in Finland! Hard Rock International today announced the opening of its first cafe location in the heart of Finland’s capital and bustling metropolis of Helsinki. Located in the epicenter of the city’s main shopping and dining district, the new Hard Rock Cafe Helsinki is poised to become a must-see for both visitors and locals.
The two-level, 489-square-meter cafe includes seating for 240, a vibrant bar and Rock Shop. Memorabilia from Hard Rock’s iconic collection adorns the walls of Hard Rock Cafe Helsinki, including items from legendary musicians from around the world, as well as today’s top contemporary artists. Key memorabilia items featured include: Michael Jackson’s “life mask” created for him during the production of the video for “Thriller”; boots worn by Gene Simmons of KISS during the band’s “Crazy Nights” tour; a striped Charvel guitar played by Eddie Van Halen; Bob Dylan’s harmonica and shirt; shorts and a bowler hat worn by Fergie of Black Eyed Peas; Rihanna’s tasseled shawl; a Vox Sidewinder bass played by The Who’s John Entwistle and much more.
10.09: Today is a double dose of Lennon. John (1940) and his son Sean (1975) were both born on this day. Imagine that. We miss John. Still. He'd be 72 today, but we can envision him still going strong, voicing his opinions like it seems no one else can, and making music that matters. Or maybe he'd have gone the way of so many others, performing oldies shows and being solely remembered for his past achievements. Somehow, we doubt that scenario, though. Happy birthday, John, wherever ye may be.
10.09: On this day in 1973, Elvis and Priscilla Presley parted ways. The couple divorced after six and a half years of marriage. Elvis' wandering hands and eyes were too much for Priscilla, who embarked on an affair of her own with her karate instructor, whom Elvis had encouraged her to take lessons from to fill her time. Oh, he helped out in that respect, for sure. This, however, couldn't trump the numerous affairs Elvis himself had throughout the courtship of and marriage to Priscilla. They shared custody of Lisa-Marie, departed the courthouse arm-in-arm, shared a kiss, and went their separate ways.