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Posted on July 31, 2013 | Tags:

Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza Slated To Open May 2014

Orlando, Fla. – July 31, 2013 – Hard Rock International – owner of one of the world’s most iconic and recognized brands – announces the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, anticipated to open in May 2014. Continuing Hard Rock’s earned 'Best in Class' recognition in the Americas, Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza will represent the first Hard Rock Hotel to open in Europe. Palladium Hotel Group, pursuant to a license agreement from Hard Rock, will transform two former Fiesta Hotels, Club Don Toni and Hotel Don Toni, into the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, slated to feature the brand’s legendary music-inspired style. The two buildings will be united by a remodeled lobby and multi-purpose space, which will include various dining, shopping and entertainment outlets. True to its musical roots, the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza will also offer unparalleled live music and DJ performances for guests, a perfect synergy with Ibiza’s existing scene as a famed cultural center for electronic dance music and a renowned hub for international artists.

With our existing European presence of more than 40 years and 32 Hard Rock Cafes, we look forward to establishing our first Hard Rock Hotel in the region, especially in conjunction with the well-respected European developer and the leading hotel owner and operator in Ibiza, Palladium Hotel Group,” said Josh Littman, director of development – EMEA of Hard Rock International. “This project is a natural alignment of interests for Hard Rock, as Palladium recently opened the Hard Rock Cafe in Ibiza. As we enter Europe, and make strides toward additional hotel development goals within the continent, we will seek relationships with quality developers like Palladium, while we remain dedicated to introducing our brand to new guests and existing Hard Rock fans.

Posted on July 29, 2013 | Tags:

07.29: Cass Elliot, Mama Cass, of the Mamas and the Papas, died from a heart attack on this day in 1974. For years, the myth passed down through the grapevine that Cass died from choking on a ham sammich, but it's just not true. They did find a ham sandwich in the room with Cass, and maybe her consumption of many a ham sandwich over the years (along with her rampant drug use) led to the heart disease that led to her heart attack, but she did not die from choking on said ham sammich.

07.30: Buddy Guy, the bluesman’s bluesman, revealed himself to his folks and an unsuspecting world on this day in 1936. Inspiration to guitar greats Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and a menagerie of '60s rock icons, Buddy continues to inspire audiences today.

07.30: On this day in 1957, Jerry Lee Lewis, performing “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”, made his national television debut, helping sales of that single leap from 30,000 to over 6 million. That's quite a leap there, Mr. Lewis. Well done, sir. We still wish you hadn't married your 13-year old cousin. That was kinda messed up, and it effectively stopped your rise in the world of rock, which just sucks, any way you look at it because you rock, sir. Oh well, as much as we wish we could, we can't change the past, so we'll just have to live with it.

Posted on July 22, 2013 | Tags:

07.22: It's not unusual to be loved by anyone. It's not unusual to have fun with anyone. And, for Tom Jones, it’s not unusual to pay for it later. On this day in 1989, Jones was ordered to pay $200 a week in child support to then 27-year old Katherine Berkery. Jones claimed the child wasn't his, but the DNA evidence suggested otherwise. $800/month?! Really? That lady musta had a horrible lawyer because we know that Jones could afford much more than that, especially for a kid that carries his own DNA.

07.22: The outer space Funkadelic master, George Clinton, crashed-landed on Earth on this day in 1940. Seven years later, on this very same day, Don Henley, future bird of prey, jumped head first into the fast lane of life.

07.23: Pushed out top hat first, Slash of Guns ‘N Roses fame was born on this day in 1965. Inarguably the biggest and best band to emerge from the Sunset Strip hair metal scene of the '80s (sorry, Mötley Crüe), Gun N' Roses transcended that silly "genre", shedding the makeup (but keeping the hair) and shredding faces at the same time, due in large part to the fingerlicious guitar work of one Saul Hudson, aka Slash. We still remember the day when someone asked us if we'd heard of this new band from L.A. called Guns 'N Roses. We said "no," proceeded to acquire the cassette, and totally went crazy over Appetite For Destruction, an album that continues to rock our world to this day, well over two decades later. Yes, it will go down in history as a seminal rock record, as one of the best hard rock albums of all time, and as a testament to the fact that the Sunset Strip hair metal scene bred at least one amazing band and, comparatively, a whole bunch of crappy ones.

Posted on July 15, 2013 | Tags:

07.15: Pop-punk songstress Avril Lavigne is married to sweetheart Deryck Whibley (who swiftly stole the crown of "Ugliest Guy In Rock" from Jani "Cherry Pie" Lane) of Sum 41 in Montecito, CA, on this day in 2006. But this ended as most musician/musician (or musician/celebrity or musician/supermodel) marriages end, in a bitter and acrimonious divorce, forever reaffirming our faith in the rock 'n' roll credo of "use 'em and lose 'em." Without faith, we wouldn't know how to rock.

07.17: On this day in 1959, at the age of 44, the amazing and influential Lady Day, Billie Holiday, died in a New York hospital from cirrhosis of the liver. The jazz singer’s deteriorating health was brought on by years of drug and alcohol abuse. At the time of her death, she had only $0.70 in the bank, had been arrested in her hospital bed for narcotics possession, was due to be arraigned on drug charges, and was surrounded by a police presence for the last three weeks of her life, gaining a respite only hours before she died, when a judge ordered the police out of her hospital room. That she died in such an egregious way does nothing, however, to diminish her star, to take away from the legend she left behind. Her singular singing style moved jazz and pop in directions no one could have envisioned, introducing emotion to a genre that had previously only carried that with instrumentation. As well, her particular phrasing of certain lyrics showed that singing didn't have to be a 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4 progression, following a certain rhyme and meter, that lyrics can be interpreted many different ways, enunciated in unexpected variations. A humongous leap forward, her style influenced not only other jazz singers, but singers from the '30s onward. Seriously, just listen to her version of "Strange Fruit" (one of the first anti-racism songs in the U.S.) and you will know what we're babbling about.

Posted on July 09, 2013 | Tags:

07.08: On this day in 1970, the world’s coolest “Loser” was born, as Beck (last name Hansen; born Bek David Campbell), strummed his way into the world. Beck is one of the most talented and successful underground singer/songwriters ever to bust a singsong rhyme just as easily as he strums a slow jam. From his first hit, the afore-referenced "Loser", to the release of the astonishing Odelay to the new millenium's Sea Change and Guero, Beck has never been afraid to try on new styles, to walk down different paths, whether anynoe follows him there or not.

07.08: On this day in 1980, Jello Biafra officially lost his bid to become Mayor of San Francisco. The Dead Kennedys frontman ran on a platform forcing businessmen to wear clown suits within city limits and promoting a citywide ban on cars. The lifted and famous dessert slogan, “There’s always room for Jello”, helped him finish 4th out of 10 candidates, receiving 3.5% of the vote. How awesome would that have been? Streets crowded with people in clown suits. It'd either be the funniest or the creepiest thing we've ever seen. Probably both.

Posted on July 01, 2013 | Tags:

07.01: Blondie’s Debbie Harry was born on this day in 1946. Fronting the not-really-punk punk band in the '70s means she'll forever and ever (or as long as music historians ponder that time period in music history) be remembered in the same breath as The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, Talking Heads, The Clash, and X. Actually, now that we look at that grouping, we realize that the punk movement of the late '70s encompassed many bands that didn't carry that "punk" sound, but were, instead, just playing what they wanted, how they wanted, damn the critics and mainstream opinion. That's fairly punk. Happy b-day, punk rocker Debbie!

07.03: On this day in 1969, Rolling Stones founding member and guitarist, Brian Jones, was found dead in his swimming pool not even a month after having departed the Stones for "musical reasons," whatever that means. His death was labeled "death by misadventure" by the coroner, but there are still people, to this day, who claim that he was murdered. We may never know exactly how he died. What we do know, however, is that Brian's role in the Stones lineup had gone from frontman and lead guitar in the early days to second fiddle next to Mick and Keith, whose songwriting skills greatly outweighed Brian's swagger. Next to them, he really didn't have much to offer, so he left. For "musical reasons."

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