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05.28: On this day in 1976, the Allman Brothers called it quits. But not for good. The group reformed in 1978 with a few new members and released Enlightened Rogues. And, still, to this day, they continue to rip up venues all over the world, having been reinvented, yet again, with the additions of Derek Trucks (the nephew of drummer Butch Trucks) and Warren Haynes, two phenomenally talented musicians.
05.30: On this day in 1987, Ireland took over the US charts. U2 was No. 1 with “With or Without You” and Chris de Burgh scored one for every guy that’s met some girl at a bar and woke up the next morning wondering why she was in his bed with “Lady in Red”. Two very different songs, yet both very much of the '80s. Can you guess which one is our more favoritist? Yeah, we're big on that Bono guy. He's dreamy.
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05.22: Steven Patrick Morrissey sauntered his way into this world on this day in 1959. Better known by his last name, Morrissey went on to become the frontman for The Smiths, one of the most important English alternative bands of the '80s and a brooding symbol of teenage angst to this day. After the breakup of the The Smiths, Morrissey's gone on to great solo success, having released some of his best work in the last few years and still pulling in crowds to his shows worldwide. Happy birthday, Steven!
05.24: Quick! By what nom de plume is Robert Allen Zimmerman better known by? He's only the most important musician of the last 50 years! If you said Bob Dylan you get a cookie. Bobby, as we like to call him, was born on this day in 1941. One of the greatest, if not the greatest, singer/songwriters ever to take up a guitar, Mr. Dylan's contributions to the '60s canon, and well beyond, can never be underestimated. From his early work in folk, leading the way for the protest music that would influence the decade, to his plugging in, leading the way for the electric and psychedelic music that would also inform the decade and rock music well beyond, Bob Dylan's music built on his own emotions, his own stories, and took over popular music. Bob is the man, and without him, for better and worse, music would not have been the same over the last 50 years. We could go on and on and on, but we shan't. If you wanna know more about the man, just use that newfangled interwebs. It's got everything.
Way to go Trace! Hard Rock is proud to serve alongside you to support the American Red Cross. To purchase the limited edition Hard Rock pin to benefit the Red Cross click here. All Is One.
The Local Ambassadors from the Hard Rock Cafe in Gothenburg, Sweden, ran to support The One Fund in Boston, MA (USA). After training for the half-marathon in Gothenburg, the Hard Rock team completed the race and helped raised funds for the deserving cause. ALL IS ONE.
Honolulu Ambassadors teamed up with volunteers from Parsons Brinkerhoff, the Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki aquarium on Saturday , May 11 to clean-up baby Makapuu. This is a favorite spot for many east side locals. Off the coast you can see Rabbit island. This is a bird sanctuary and the waters off its coast are home for a very large number of Hawaiian monk seals.
05.14: On this day in 1998, Ol' Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra, relinquished his position as The Chairman of the Board. He was 82. It's hard to imagine today how big Sinatra was in the '30s, '40s, '50s, and '60s, especially when rock 'n' roll came on the scene in mid-'50s and exploded in the mid-'60s. Still vibrant when Elvis shook his hips, when The Beatles played Sullivan, and when Hendrix closed out Woodstock, Frank got his start during the swing and big band days of the '30s, doing his part to get the U.S. through the Great Depression and World War II. Swing was to that time what rock was to the '60s. That is, everything. Those kids today (shaking fists in front of our grumpy face) think that jazz, swing, and big band were innocuous and lame. Oh, how wrong they are. Swing and jazz got people on their feet as never before. It got them moving in "libidinous" ways, boys and girls, dancing together, mass hysteria! Well, it wasn't that bad, but jazz hit in a big way, and Frank rode that wave way beyond swing's heyday, taking what he'd learned in the big bands and applying it to his own crooning style. This style hit at just the right time and in just the right ways. Sinatra became a heartthrob in the late '40s, driving girls crazy at the same time The Beatles were still in diapers. Frank was huge. He went through his ups and down, but even in 1969, at the age of 54, he scored a huge hit with "My Way." Think about it. In the age of rock, Frank Sinatra was king again, with a song that sounded like it was straight out of Radio City Music Hall in 1948. Alright, we've rambled on enough. You get the idea. Sinatra rules. He was rock 'n' roll before rock 'n' roll.
05.17: On this day in 1965, his industrial majesty Trent Reznor was born. We still remember the first time we witnessed "Head Like A Hole" on the MTV. We know it wasn't the first industrial song, the first industrial video, and that Trent didn't invent industrial music, but it still rocked our world and opened our mind to that merging of electronic and metal. And, if that first album, Pretty Hate Machine, was the first salvo in bringing industrial to our ears, it was his next album, the insanely detailed, dense and dark The Downward Spiral, that really solidified Trent's vision in our minds. The man is a composer of industrial metal awesomeness and today we celebrate his entry into this world. Huzzah!
HRC Ambassadors, from the Hard Rock in Honolulu, sold special edition Honolulu Advertiser newspapers to raise money for PACT . The mission of Parents and Children Together (PACT) is to promote and support healthy individuals, families and communities by creating opportunities for them to identify and address their own strengths, needs and concerns and successfully realize their potential. PACT operates an economic development center that provides integrated and comprehensive services to help welfare families achieve self-reliance. ALL IS ONE.
On March 15th, Hard Rock Cafe Indianapolis kicked off the Count It! For Cat fundraiser. Count It! For Cat was founded by J.J. Debrosse and his wife, when they tragically lost their daughter Catherine to SIDS. Because J.J. is a Butler alumni and dedicated fan, he started a scholarship for a female athlete in Cat’s name and to raise awareness of SIDS. The Hard Rock Local Ambassador team in Indianapolis helped spread awareness about SIDS and raised funds for this deserving cause.