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Performing the Groundbreaking Album ‘Graceland’ in its Entirety
on Sunday 15 July in Hyde Park

Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas also confirmed
for Sunday 15 July

Lady Antebellum and John Fogerty confirmed for Saturday 14 July

Tickets on sale 9am on 23 March 2012
Available at www.hardrockcalling.co.uk


Hard Rock International and Live Nation confirmed today that Paul Simon will headline Hard Rock Calling 2012 on Sunday 15 July in London’s Hyde Park. The evening will include a special performance of Graceland, featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo, in addition to songs spanning his illustrious career. Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas are also confirmed for Sunday 15 July, while Lady Antebellum and John Fogerty join headliner Bruce Springsteen on Saturday 14 July in what promises to be one of the biggest weekends in the music calendar.

Graceland is one of the most influential albums of the last three decades, and as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations, Paul Simon will be performing the album in its entirety at Hard Rock Calling 2012. He will be joined on stage by Jimmy Cliff on songs including "Harder They Come" and "Too Many Rivers To Cross", before Ladysmith Black Mambazo take to the stage for a Graceland reunion, a UK first since 1987.

Also announced for Sunday 15 July is Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas. Grammy Award-winning Alison Krauss has sold in excess of 12 million albums, including the smash hit release with Robert Plant, Raising Sand. They will perform songs from new album ‘Paper Airplane’, and her breathtaking live performances should not be missed.

More Than 12,000 Bands Compete for Your Vote as Part of the Hard Rock Rising Global Battle of the Bands

Orlando, Fla., January 25, 2012 – You vote – They Rock! Hard Rock Rising gives fans the power to decide who performs at Hard Rock Cafes worldwide as the battle of the bands gears up for the local, live music phase of the competition. More than 12,000 bands have entered the Hard Rock Rising competition for the chance of a lifetime, to be on the bill with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and additional headlining performers at Hard Rock Calling 2012 in London.

The Rise of a Local Legend
Beginning on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, Hard Rock Rising allows fans to choose the live performance lineup for local events at Hard Rock Cafes around the world. Fans can vote by downloading free tracks from bands of their choice at their local Hard Rock’s city-specific, Facebook page.

After fans choose their favorites, participating Hard Rock Cafe locations around the world will host a series of live competitions featuring the local bands who received top votes. Bands will then be judged live by a panel of local industry experts and participating bands’ representatives, with one winner being selected from each location. For full rules and a list of participating locations visit www.hardrock.com/hrrising.

At Hard Rock live music is at the core of our brand, in 2011 we put on more than 17,000 live music events across our properties,” said John Galloway, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Hard Rock International. “We are privileged be able to offer the hottest up-and-coming bands a chance to showcase their talent on our local cafes stages and the shot to play at Hard Rock Calling 2012.

Posted on July 13, 2011 | Tags: , , , ,

Hard Rock Calling 2011 Day 1: The Killers Storm Hyde Park

Click here to see a bunch of pics from Day 1.

Despite the rain and the cold, the first day of Hard Rock Calling 2011 showed all in attendance the real meaning of rock. That is, that no matter what is going on around you, an incredible music festival will help you forget about everything else, will transport you to a magical land where everything is awesome and there is only music and good times. Yeah, it was that good.

Posted on July 05, 2011 | Tags: ,

In celebration of Hard Rock's 40th, and in collaboration with the gracious Janie Hendrix, artist Alan Aldridge and our friends at Fender, a one of a kind, custom Jimi Hendrix designed guitar was revealed at Hard Rock Calling, in London.  This iconic piece of music history was to commemorate the beginning of a future philanthropic program, details of which will be announced shortly - ALL IS ONE. 

 

Posted on June 27, 2011 | Tags: , , , , ,

Click here to check out pics from Day 3.

From The Killers electro-rock-in-the-rain performance on Friday night to Bon Jovi's electrifying set on Saturday, it would be hard to top the two days prior, but Sunday proved that, for some, it is indeed easy like Sunday morning. To name names, Rod Stewart took the flash and vigor of The Killers, mixed it up with the solid awesomeness of Bon Jovi, then threw in his own Vegas-style revue and (voila!) finsished the weekend off with a mix of his own classics, hits from his standards album, and some incredible new songs. He even had a few guests come up and help in the festivities. 

Posted on June 26, 2011 | Tags: , , ,

Click here to check out pics from Day 2.

Day 2 of Hard Rock Calling 2011 proved to be a 180 turn, weather wise, from Day 1. Sunshine and warm temps ruled the day. Everything else was pretty much the same: great music, amazing people, flowing beer, and great times. Bon Jovi, of course, ruled the day, with their fans queueing up hours before the gates officially opened. From the word "go," Hard Rock Calling Day 2 was non-stop awesomeness. Believe it.

Posted on June 25, 2011 | Tags: , , ,

Click here to see a bunch of pics from Day 1.

Despite the rain and the cold, the first day of Hard Rock Calling 2011 showed all in attendance the real meaning of rock. That is, that no matter what is going on around you, an incredible music festival will help you forget about everything else, will transport you to a magical land where everything is awesome and there is only music and good times. Yeah, it was that good. 

Posted on June 10, 2011 | Tags: ,

Happy birthday to us! Hard Rock officially turns 40 on June 14, 2011, and we're celebrating by giving stuff away.

Okay, so we have this little event in London coming up in a couple weeks. It's called Hard Rock Calling and, yes, it is going to be awesome. If you don't have tickets yet or are on the fence about going or don't want to shell out cash for them, we've got a way for you to possibly get your hands on some tickets.

Posted on April 29, 2011 | Tags: ,
Rosco Bandana, Stefany June, Gugun Blues Shelter and IAMWE Win Global Battle of the Bands Competition

Orlando, Fla., April 28, 2011 – Hard Rock called and fans answered, with votes cast from around the world in Hard Rock’s first global Battle of the Bands competition! As a direct result of online fan voting, Rosco Bandana of Hard Rock Cafe Biloxi, Stefany June of Hard Rock Cafe Cologne, Gugun Blues Shelter of Hard Rock Cafe Jakarta and IAMWE of Hard Rock Cafe Phoenix will officially join the lineup at Hard Rock Calling 2011 in London’s Hyde Park – one of the world’s most-anticipated concert events. With thousands of fans and top headliners, including The Killers, Bon Jovi and Rod Stewart, Hard Rock Calling 2011 is the chance of a lifetime for these emerging bands to gain exposure and showcase their talent in front of today’s most iconic artists.

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