Hard Rock, WhyHunger, and Yoko Ono Lennon's “Imagine There's No Hunger” program helps fight childhood hunger and poverty worldwide through grassroots solutions that secure basic rights to food, water, land and jobs.
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"This is a beautiful step towards world peace. By Imagining There's No Hunger, like what John sang in his song, we express our strong desire to bring a world in which children will never again suffer from hunger or poverty. Let's come together and help spread this message around the world." -Yoko Ono Lennon
It all started with one guitar. A Red Fender, in fact, donated by its owner, Eric Clapton. Now it's the largest music memorabilia collection on the planet - 70,000+ (and counting) rock 'n' roll icons, from a lock of hair to a five-ton psychedelic bus, from some of the most important guitars in music history to some of the most incredible outfits ever to grace a rock star or stage. On any given day, visit any Hard Rock location around the world, and you will see some of these pieces of history yourself. Whether they transport you to a time in your own past, triggering memories of glory days, or they teach you something you never knew about one of your favorite artists, Hard Rock's memorabilia collection has been viewed by millions over the years.
Now, Hard Rock is bringing even more memorabilia to Hard Rocks all over the world, with the Treasures Of The Hard Rock tour. Actually, we should say "tours," as three separate tours will criss-cross both the U.S. and Europe. The U.S. tours will highlight two different themes: those artists who left us in their prime, leaving behind catalogs of incredible music, and musicians whose philanthropic work rivals their music.
10.03: Rock ‘n roll got an infusion of talent on October 3rd. Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954), one of the greatest guitar players ever, Tommy Lee (1962), one of the greatest metal drummers ever, and Gwen Stefani (1969), one of the greatest wives of Gavin Rossdale ever, were all welcomed into the world today. 10.03: Sinead O’Connor took on the Catholic Church, and lost, apparently, when she tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II during a 1992 performance on Saturday Night Live. The singer’s popularity waned following the incident and she was booed off the stages of many performances, including Bob Dylan’s 30th Anniversary Tribute Concert at Madison Square Garden in New York. To us, however, this does nothing to take away either the power of her voice or of the mesmerizing and haunting video for “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Watching that video still gives us chills.
08.29: On this day in 1958, Michael Jackson was born. Despite his numerous bouts of odd behavior over the years, he was still the man who gave us “Beat It,” "Human Nature," and “Billie Jean." And nothing will change that. Ever.
08.29: The Beatles last real concert, at Candlestick Park in San Fran, went down on this day in 1966. Instead of constant touring, the band wanted to focus on recording albums. Though a loss to some fans, the music world gained immeasurably from this, as the guys put out some of the best albums of all time, taking studio recording to new heights and unexpected directions with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles (The so-called White Album), Abbey Road, and Let It Be.
08.22: Led Zeppelin released their last album of original material, In Through The Out Door, on this day in 1979. Though not exactly a return to their earlier oeuvre, the album did contain some shining moments, such as "South Bound Suarez" and "All My Love." A year later, drummer John Bonham died after a day of heavy-drinking, and Led Zeppelin disbanded a short time later. Unlike a lot of bands who lose a founding member, Led Zeppelin realized, for reasons both personal and professional, that they did not want to go on as a band. There's always talk of another reunion tour, as they've done intermittently since the group's disbandment, but we'll believe it when we see it. We're just happy for the music they created and left for our hungry ears to devour. Rock on, fellas. Rock on.
08.08: On this day in 1961, The Edge was born. One of the most underrated guitar players around, we think that a lot of people take him for granted, not really realizing his immense contribution to U2's overall sound. From "Sunday Bloody Sunday" to "Mysterious Ways" to "Vertigo," Mr. David Howell Evans has put his stamp on each and every U2 tune. This is one band where every member is just as vital and important as the next, but, for us, The Edge edges slightly ahead of the other three in terms of awesomeness. This in no way, whatsoever, diminshes the stature of Bono, Larry, or Adam, but kind of just shows how much we loves a great guitar player. And we love that he took a name like The Edge. It's kind of like all of those single-named musicians out there (Madonna, Sting, Cher, Gilbert), but even better because he's got the "The" at the front, denoting that he is the real deal, that he ain't playing around, that he is one cool cat. Believe it.
06.20: The births of many a musician occured on this day. First up is Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson (seriously, we know it's de rigueur to shower praise on Pet Sounds, but Brian Wilson's insanse work ethic brought out the amazing in the whole group), born in 1942. Next, Lionel Richie didn't dance on the ceiling at first, but that didn't come too long after his birth on this day in 1949. Next, the scrubbed-from-Van-Halen-history (for real, they tried to replace him on the album art for Van Halen with Eddie's son, Wolfgang) bass player Michael Anthony took the stage for the first time on this day in 1954. Finally, Duran Duran's bassist extraordinaire, John Taylor, slapped his way into this world and, eventually, onto the world stage on this day in 1960. "Girls On Film" just wouldn't be the same without his slappy hands.