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Posted on December 29, 2012 | Tags:

After 25 years over on N. Peters St., Hard Rock Cafe New Orleans has moved to the thick of it, at 125 Bourbon Street. Now, bigger and better and more awesome than ever, the Cafe is ready to rock New Orleans all over again. Located in the heart of the French Quarter and encompassing more than 10,000 square feet of space, including a 280-seat restaurant, Hard Rock Cafe New Orleans highlights Hard Rock’s new state-of-the-art design-style, featuring a unique mix of upscale amenities, modern technology and an extensive collection of memorabilia from local artists, contemporary superstars and legendary musicians.

(photo copyright John Ernst)

Posted on December 28, 2012 | Tags: , ,

Hard Rock Cafe Opens In Beautiful Nabq

Nabq, Egypt, December 28, 2012 – Hard Rock is sweeping the world, spreading the message of rock from city to city, and now, the world-famous brand is taking Egypt by storm!  Hard Rock International today announced the opening of its newest cafe location in the heart of Egypt’s picturesque resort city of Nabq.  Located on El Salam Road in Laguna Vista Nabq, the new Hard Rock Cafe Nabq will undoubtedly be a must-see for both visitors and locals. The opening of Hard Rock Cafe Nabq marks the third Hard Rock Cafe in Egypt, joining the popular locations in Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada.

The 1,700-square-meter cafe includes indoor seating for 390, two upscale vibrant bars, a spacious outdoor terrace and bar that can accommodate 130 guests, a live entertainment space that will feature Nabq’s unique local music scene, and a Rock Shop. 

Memorabilia from Hard Rock’s iconic collection adorns the walls of Hard Rock Cafe Nabq, including items from legendary and contemporary musicians from around the world.  Fans will be able to see a Hofner guitar played by Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi on the band’s album Crush; a Fender Stratocaster guitar used by Doug Fieger of The Knack, the band known for the hit song “My Sharona”; a pink track suit and shoes worn by the world-famous Elton John; an outfit worn by Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac during her performance at Hard Rock Cafe London; a Gibson Chet Atkins guitar played by Mick Jones of Foreigner; silver pants owned and signed by Icelandic sensation Bjork; and much more.

Posted on December 28, 2012 | Tags:

To Afghanistan From Honolulu with Aloha

‘Tis the season of giving! The Honolulu Team did a holiday care package drive for FOB Geronimo in Afghanistan. The base has several thousand military personnel on it. They stuffed 3 boxes worth of HRC merchandise, toiletry items and non-perishable treats to send along with a poster signed by the Honolulu staff expressing their appreciation to those that have given of themselves so selflessly. Mahalo to everyone that had donated items to the care package drive and mahalo to Sales Manager, Heidi Putnam for sharing this! See attached photo for a post-holiday smile!

ALL IS ONE

Posted on December 27, 2012 | Tags:

12.24: Lemmy! Lemmy! Lemmy! That's what should've accompanied Ian Fraser Kilmister's birth on this day, the eve of Christmas 1945, in Burslem, England. Instead, it was probably just his own baby screams, his mother's giving birth screams, and his father's indifference (he left when Lemmy was three months old) that accompanied the birth of Lemmy that fine day. One of the ugliest mugs in metal, Kilmister founded one of the hardest rockin' bands this side of Mars, the one, the only Motörhead! Motör-friggin-head! Yeah, they've been around for over 30 years, and they still rock your head until it can't be rocked no more. They've put out over twenty albums, circled Earth, on tour, many times over, and kiboshed the notion that they are the progenitors of speed metal. Actually, Lemmy doesn't say that speed metal bands weren't influenced by Motörhead's aggressive take on heavy metal, but he does say that he feels more of an affinity for rock pioneers (Chuck Berry, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix) and punk rock (The Ramones, The Damned) than he does for those in the thrash metal realm who claim him as their influence. Lemmy just wants to rock, he doesn’t give two bits about labels and who he's influenced, and for that we wanna give him a big kiss on his big old ugly face. Rock on, Brother Lemmy, rock on.

Posted on December 20, 2012 | Tags:

Santiago, Chile, December 19, 2012 – From London, New York and Hollywood, CA, to Dubai, Mumbai and Hong Kong, Hard Rock International has taken the world by storm – and now the famous brand makes its debut in Chile!  Hard Rock International today announced the opening of its first cafe location in the heart of Chile’s capital and bustling metropolis of Santiago.  Located in Costanera Center, the largest shopping center in Chile, the new Hard Rock Cafe Santiago will undoubtedly be a must-see for both visitors and locals.

The 1,000-square-meter cafe includes seating for 287, an upscale contemporary bar, live concert space that will feature Santiago’s unique local music scene, outdoor dining area and Rock Shop.  Memorabilia from Hard Rock’s iconic collection adorns the walls of Hard Rock Cafe Santiago, including items from legendary musicians from around the world, as well as top artists from the region.

Posted on December 20, 2012 | Tags:

The Hard Rock in Edinburgh has been working on a program for the last 2 years with their local Salvation Army.  The "Ambassadors" have been donating their own time at the drop in centre and spending time with those really in need of a friendly face during the holiday season.  This year the team hosted a special holiday meal (complete with caroling), as Hard Rockers volunteered to cook and serve a 3 course traditional holiday dinner.  The event was a huge success and helped to spread a little "holiday cheer" to those less fortunate in their community.  ALL IS ONE.

Posted on December 19, 2012 | Tags:

Lima, Peru, December 17, 2012 – Hard Rock is spreading the message of rock from continent to continent, and now, the world-famous brand is taking South America by storm with a new state-of-the-art cafe in Peru! Hard Rock International today announced the opening of its newest cafe location in the heart of Peru’s capital and jewel city of Lima. Located in Centro Comercial Jockey Plaza, one of the most exclusive areas in the city, the new Hard Rock Cafe Lima will undoubtedly be a must-see for both visitors and locals.

The 820-square-meter cafe includes seating for 220, an upscale contemporary bar, live concert space that will feature Lima’s unique local music scene and Rock Shop. Memorabilia from Hard Rock’s iconic collection adorns the walls of Hard Rock Cafe Lima, including items from legendary and contemporary musicians from around the world.

Posted on December 17, 2012 | Tags:

12.18: Keith Richards, one of rock's greatest guitar players and biggest personalities, loves this day. In 1943, his screams filled the room as he took his first of many breaths, making his parents proud, for sure, as their one and only child. Also on this day, on Keith's 40th birthday, he married model Patti Hansen, to whom he is still married, 29 years later. That totally blows away our faith in the rocker-model-celebrity dating/marriage system of "use 'em and lose 'em." Thanks a lot, Keith and Patti. Now nothing makes sense. Anyhoo, we'd like to congratulate Keith on his 68th birthday and Patti and Keith on their 28th wedding anniversary. Hazah!

12.20: On this day, the Kiss Army celebrates the birth of one of its generals. Peter Criss, the cat's meow behind the Kiss drum kit, was born George Peter John Criscuola today in 1947 in Brooklyn, New York. Beginning his love of music with jazz, Criss moved on to rock, eventually placing an ad, after stints in a few different bands, in the back of Rolling Stone, extolling his skills as a pounder of skins, which elicited a call from a couple of fellow NY lads by the name of Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. With the formation of Kiss in December of 1972 came gobs of wacked-out makeup, rock 'n' rollin' all night, and the theme song for every Beth in the world. "Beth" became, and remains, Kiss' biggest hit. Peter was the only member of the band in the recording studio for that song. "Beth" is Peter Criss and wouldn't exist without him. While his first stint in Kiss only lasted until 1980, his work in the group's canon is yet held in high regards by the army of followers, old and new alike.

Posted on December 12, 2012 | Tags:

HARD ROCK LAUNCHES U2 SIGNATURE SERIES: EDITION 30 Limited-Edition T-Shirt to Benefit Amnesty International 

The world’s top artists and bands have collaborated with Hard Rock International for more than two decades as part of the brand’s acclaimed Signature Series program, helping to raise millions for a variety of worthy endeavors globally. Hard Rock is proud to launch its U2 Signature Series: Edition 30 T-shirt in support of human rights around the globe. Through a partnership between EDUN LIVE and Hard Rock, the limited-edition shirt will be available in stores and online, with 15% of the retail price benefitting Amnesty International in support of the organization’s human rights campaigning efforts worldwide.

Posted on December 10, 2012 | Tags:

12.10: Otis Redding, one of the greatest soul singers ever, died on this day in 1967, when his plane crashed into a lake in Wisconsin. It's so hard to imagine that he was only 26. 26! Wow, that just blows our mind, as Otis' voice and lyrics exuded those of an elder statesman, those of a wise, old soul. For real, pick up Otis Blue or The Dock Of The Bay, sit back, and just listen. That isn't just a man singing. That is a soul singing. That is a voice you will not hear again, ever. One-of-a-kind, Otis carried the mantle passed on by the immortal Sam Cooke. The singer's singer, Otis recorded what would become his one and only #1 hit, "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay," just three days before his death. We love this song, we whistle this song in the shower, and we hate Michael Friggin' Bolton's version with a passion because he took something so pure and exuberant and turned it into schmaltz. Otis is the man, and he would totally kick Bolton's ass. Sing on, Otis, sing on.

12.11: Why do the good one's die so young? Sam Cooke, soul music pioneer and writer of one of the greatest protest songs to emerge from the restless '60s, "A Change Is Gonna Come," died under very mysterious circumstances at a hotel in L.A. on this day in 1964, at the age of 33. Shot by the hotel's manager, an older woman who claimed self-defense, Cooke's presence in her office has been disputed since that time. The manager claimed Cooke burst into the office, inebriated and shouting, wearing only an overcoat and shoes, demanding to know the whereabouts of the woman with whom he came to the hotel. That woman claims she'd been held hostage by a drunken and drugged-up Cooke, and that she escaped with her clothes, accidentally grabbing his, as well. However, that this woman was later arrested for prostitution suggests that she found herself in that hotel room of her own volition, perhaps, as some suggest, intending to rob Cooke. Some in his family and friends, however, claim a conspiracy in his death, that injuries observed at the funeral home were not consistent with gunfire. This weird and tragic end to Cooke's life does nothing, though, to diminish his impact upon the burgeoning soul sound. That he did not live to see its true fruition is a tragedy unto itself, but we love Sam for planting those seeds.

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