Melaka, Malaysia, January 28, 2013 – Hard Rock continues to spread the message of rock from city to city, and now, the world-famous brand is taking Malaysia by storm! Hard Rock International today announced the opening of its newest cafe location in the heart of Malaysia’s charming city of Melaka. The new Hard Rock Cafe Melaka, located at the entrance of Jonker Walk within the UNESCO World Heritage Site, will undoubtedly be a must-see for both visitors and locals. The opening of Hard Rock Cafe Melaka marks the third Hard Rock Cafe in Malaysia, joining the popular locations in Kuala Lumpur and Penang.
The 1,372-square-metre cafe includes seating for 200, an upscale vibrant bar, a spacious outdoor dining area, a live entertainment space that will feature Melaka’s unique local music scene, and a Rock Shop. Select, hand-picked pieces of memorabilia from Hard Rock’s iconic collection adorn the walls of Hard Rock Cafe Melaka.
Fans will be able to see items from legendary and contemporary musicians from around the world, including a Fender Telecaster guitar played and signed by the legendary Bruce Springsteen in the 90s; a Ludwig snare drum used onstage by Alex Van Halen during Van Halen’s 2004 world tour; a stylish white dinner jacket worn by the genius of funk, soul, pop and rock Prince; a jacket worn by will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas while he was out promoting his solo album Songs About Girls in 2007; Tom Petty’s suede jacket and Rickenbacker guitar; a vinyl suit worn onstage in the 90s by the outrageous Sir Elton John; and much more.
01.28: Tying back in to Mr. Van Halen's b-day two days prior, this day in 1984 saw Van Halen's 1984 hit the album charts for an impressive run of rock popularity, churning out hits such as "Jump," "Panama," and "Hot For Teacher," which itself spawned one of the best videos to ever impress impressionable young men everywhere (it doesn't hurt that the song absolutely shreds). Quite a week for the then-recently-turned-27-Eddie and the rest of the guys. 1984 turned out to be one of their most popular albums, both critically and commercially, yet also turned out to be the last recorded with Diamond David Lee Roth. Every album after this one held the Van Halen moniker, but we consider them to be either easy listening palatable (the Van Hagar years) or just complete crap (check out the Gary Cherone years, if you don't believe us). Though they've redeemed themselves recently with the reunion tours and a better-than-it-should-be new album, nothing can ever be as good as the good 'ol days, but that's how it should be. There's no going back, guys, but there will always be the fond memories and fuzzy feelings. And the "Hot For Teacher" video.
Monday January 21, after the Martin Luther King parade, the Honolulu Hard Rockers joined a team of over 2000 peace loving people and the WORLDPEACEPLAN.ORG to set the record for the world’s largest peace sign made of people at Kapiolani park. This was no normal walk in the park. Thousands came out for an afternoon of peace and unity. PEACE & LOVE.
01.23: On this day in 1953, Robin Zander, lead singer of the cheapest trick in all the land, Cheap Trick, was born. Actually, they're not that cheap. They owned the airwaves in 1979, with their still very catchy, and somewhat pleading, song "I Want You To Want Me." You've heard it, you know it, you love it. Admit it, you've actually tried to pick up someone with that song, singing it as you pass them in the hallway at school or the office, hoping they'd pick up on your awesomeness. No? Just us? Oh, well, that doesn't diminish our love for Cheap Trick, for their late '70s porn-stache, their wavy and pretty hair, and their general disregard, even for the times, of all things cool. We think that's why we like them so much. Cuz they just don't care. All they want is for you to want them. That's what we all just want, though, isn't it?
01.25: Mark Wahlberg felt the wrath of litigious action on this day in 1994. Why is Mark Wahlberg in the Musings, you might wonder? Well, before his days as a movie star, he lived the life of a pop star, as the remarkably untalented Marky Mark. Remember? Yeah, we try to forget, too, but those sounds and images are burned into our brains, stained on our retinas forever. He had the hit song "Come On, Come On, Feel It, Feel It" (or something like that) and the other hit song that was a cover/redux of a much, much, much better Lou Reed song. Why'd you let him do it, Lou? Being the younger brother of one of the New Kids On The Block didn't hurt Marky Mark's career, as he opened for said boy band on their 1991 tour, helping to rocket his debut record, featuring his group The Funky Bunch, to the top of the charts. Which brings us to this day in 1994, when a woman claimed that she suffered injuries after being trampled at one of his shows, right after Marky had pulled down his pants, showed off his Calvin Klein tighty whities, and incited the prepubescent and disturbingly not-so-prepubescent crowd to rush the stage. We're really not sure whatever became of this lawsuit, but we don't think we'll ever forgive God or Lou Reed for unleashing (or this day for reminding us of) the "hip-hop" "stylings" of Marky Mark. Damn, now we can't get that song out of our head. BTW, whatever happened to The Funky Bunch? Come on, come on, feel it, feel it, Good Vibrations…
PEACE FIRST - MLK Jr 5 Day Challenge:
Nominate 5 Young People for the Peace First Prize With in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Peace First will be honoring Dr. King's legacy and peacemaking work by encouraging everyone to nominate incredible young people for the Peace First Prize. MLK Day has become a nationally recognized day of service, with youth across the country dedicating the day to peacemaking. We hope you will join us in celebrating those serving on MLK Day and every day by nominating them for the Peace First Prize.
ALL IS ONE.
Hard Rock Cafe New York recently had the extreme honor of hosting the kick-off event for the Light Of Day Foundation's epic series of concerts to raise money for Parkinson's research and support of families dealing with this disease. Even better than hosting the event was the fact that the headliner was Gary U.S. Bonds, legendary R&B singer. Bonds first rose to prominence in the early 1960s, when his song, “Quarter to Three,” released in June 1961, reached Number 1 on the Billboard chart. Bonds’ other Top 10 hits at the time included “New Orleans,” “School is Out,” and “Dear Lady Twist.” He headlined a 1963 European tour, which also included The Beatles. Supporting him earlier in the night were Willie Nile, The Liza Colby Sound, and Joe D'Urso & The Stone Caravan, all putting their heart and soul into the night.
Walk Off The Earth, on of the best bands to viral-invade the YouTube, recently stopped by Hard Rock Cafe Detroit to lay down some sweet jams. Mmmm....sweet jam. In case you don't know who they are, well we'll tell ya. They're a bunch of very talented kids from Burlington, Canada. They got viral-famous very quickly last year with their awesomely awesome five hands-one guitar cover of Goyte's "Somebody That I Used To Know." Really, if you haven't seen the video yet, you must watch it now. Go ahead, we'll wait. Check it out right here. See, what'd we tell ya? Pretty cool. Well, Walk Off The Earth plays original tunes, too. Damn well, at that. In conjunction with The 93.9 The River, Hard Rock hosted a concert by said band, and we just gotta say it was a helluva good time. We just wanted to share some pics and thank Walk Off The Earth for stopping by. You rock!
Anti-Flag Raises a Toast to Freedom. Progressive punk rock icons Anti-Flag have joined forces with Art For Amnesty to release an electrifying version of “Toast To Freedom,” the now-classic commemorative song written to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International. ALL IS ONE.
Hard Rock Cafe Sydney hosted a charity event for Ability Options, a local Sydney charity. The event, ‘Ability Idol’ gave intellectually and socially disabled persons the opportunity to perform on the Hard Rock Stage. ALL IS ONE.
01.14: Foo Fighters would not exist without Kurt Cobain's self-inflicted shotgun blast. Think about it. Would Dave Grohl ever have formed Foo Fighters and gone on to front one of the biggest mainstream rock bands of the last decade? Not in its present iteration, no. Maybe not at all. Things certainly would've turned out differently. Why do we bring this up today? Today is Dave's b-day. He was born on this day in 1969, and it just reminds us of things, induces another one of those thought experiments that frequently flit through our head. Now, by saying what we did, we in no way imply that Dave would rather Kurt killed himself that fateful day than not. Quite the contrary. Dave's said over and over and over how much he misses Kurt, how he tried to help and reach out and stop the inevitable. It's kinda twisted that it took the suicide of one of the biggest musicians of all time to bring Dave out from behind the kit and to the forefront of his own band. Would it have happened otherwise? Possibly in some form or another, with another set of musicians backing Dave, but Foo Fighters could not exist without Kurt's death. It sucks, but it's true. Personally, we'd take Kurt any day over Foo Fighters. To take this thought experiment further, would Nirvana still be together today if Kurt had survived his popularity? Dave had been writing the songs that would become Foo Fighters' first album, while Nirvana was at their height. Maybe he would've split and started Foo Fighters. Maybe he would've just had a side project and release the songs on his own. Maybe Kurt would've helped Dave flesh out his songs. Maybe they would've recorded them as Nirvana songs. "My Hero"(our favorite Foo's song, btw) with Cobain's input? We could go on wondering things all day and night, but for now, we're just gonna say: Happy Birthday, Dave! You rock, man.