10.31: Robert Matthew Van Winkle joined us this day in 1968. Wait, what? You've never heard of Robert Matthew Van Winkle? Well, when we tell you the name that most of us know him by, you'll wish we hadn't. Still want to know? Vanilla Ice. There, we said it. Vanilla Ice. Man, we feel so dirty. The simple fact that more people know "Ice Ice Baby" than know the immaculate, incredible, indelible Queen and David Bowie collaboration of "Under Pressure" (from whence Ice's "song" sampled its amazing riffs and beats) makes us cringe, cry, and scream in anger, all at the same time. Ice's thankfully short-lived chart and cultural popularity will forever be one of those things (like "Disco Duck" and Ashley Simpson and '80s hairstyles) that everyone collectively looks back on and hates themselves for having taken part in, if only by way of knowing what and who they are.
Hard Rockers from Hard Rock Hotel Penang, Hard Rock Cafe Hamburg and Hard Rock Cafe Brussels visited, along with long time partner WhyHunger, several locations supported by NAFSO in Sri Lanka. Our team was able to see first hand the good works going on to support the children and families in Sri Lanka in need, and specifically how the funds raised via IMAGINE were used to feed children and support local sustainable food solutions. ALL IS ONE.
Hard Rock is very proud to premiere the brand new video from Transit, "Young New England," a rollicking, good time & great friends song from the band's new album. And the video for "Young New England" just happened to be shot in and around Hard Rock Cafe Boston. Convenient! Check it out:
10.21: Coffee houses and open mic poetry nights owe a debt of gratitude to Jack Kerouac. The beatnik writer died today in 1969. He was 47. Author of On The Road and The Dharma Bums, Kerouac influenced an entire generation of writers, thinkers, and musicians, such as The Beatles, The Doors, Death Cab For Cutie, The Hold Steady, and Tom Waits. Kerouac's writing was itself heavily influenced by music, especially bebop jazz, with its free-flowing ideas and unconventional structures. A singular voice amongst a movement (the Beat Generation), Kerouac's death came from an internal hemorrhage brought about by heavy drinking. 10.23: On this day in 1956, honky-tonk music found a new hero when Dwight Yoakam strolled into this world, ready to kick country in the ass and remind it from whence it came. Embracing the country music he grew up on (think Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and Hank Williams), Yoakam didn't play by Nashville's rules and refused to bow to the mainstream pop-country that began to dominate the charts in the '80s. His music saw more embrace from rock and alternative audiences than country, and he played clubs that regularly hosted punk and hardcore bands, yet he still charted many songs on the country charts. This is why we love Dwight and why he rocks so very hard.
This week, the newest member of the Hard Rock family opened its doors in one of the most picturesque spots on Earth: Hard Rock Cafe Nice. The multi-level Cafe is nestled near Vieux Nice, along the Mediterranean Sea on the Promenade des Anglais, and will undoubtedly be a must-see for both visitors and locals. This new cafe will join the popular Hard Rock Cafe Paris as France’s second Hard Rock location.
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10.14: Buddy Holly opened a show for Bill Haley & His Comets ("Rock Around The Clock") on this day in 1955. A talent agent caught the set and soon arranged for Holly to cut a demo and sign to Decca Records. Holly's first hit, "That'll Be The Day," came from those demo sessions. Holly's very short career blossomed soon afterwards. His death, in February 1959, along with Ritchie Havens and the Big Bopper, in a plane crash on a snowy night in Iowa, lives forever as "The Day The Music Died." 10.15: Tina Turner, not yet your private dancer, finalized her split with Ike Turner on this day in 1976. She'd left her marriage to Ike a few months before that, after an especially violent outburst by Ike, but now the split went all the way through their professional arrangement, as well. Though her career with Ike had yielded many hit songs during its run, it would be another 8 years before Tina would find herself back on top, at the very un-rock 'n' roll age of 44, when "What's Love Got To Do With It" topped the charts in all its '80s glory and Tina awesomeness. And, ya know, she still rips up the crowds today. We get all googly-eyed just thinking about her. She rocks. 10.16: On this day in 1962, Michael Peter Balzary, aka Flea, was born. One of the most intense and funky bass players ever to slap four strings, Flea's early penchant for jazz had teachers at his school in Los Angeles singing his praises, calling him the second coming of Herb Alpert. Then Flea became friends with a couple of Cali kids by the names of Anthony Kiedis, from whom he would get his nickname due to his intense and bouncy energy, and Hillel Slovak. They would eventually become The Red Hot Chili Peppers, sometimes wearing nothing but socks in one strategic area while playing shows, and conquer the known world with their hybrid of George Clinton space funk, Sex Pistol-esque punk, and heavy metal thunder.
The Hard Rock Hotel in Puerto Vallarta Rocked Pinktober with an amazing series of walks and events that the entire team participated in!! To learn more about how you can support Pinktober click here. ALL IS ONE
World Class Entertainment Destination To Be Located In Kenosha
Orlando, Fla. – October 10, 2013 – Hard Rock International – owner of one of the world’s most iconic and recognized brands – announced today its alliance with the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin to develop, brand and manage their proposed regional entertainment destination located in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The proposed project would be developed in conjunction with the Osceola Group out of Naples, Fla., and designed to draw visitors from throughout the region. The project is expected to create more than 5,000 direct and indirect jobs in addition to generating significant economic benefits for the state of Wisconsin, including an estimated 600 million total in projected payments to the state over the course of the pre-approved compact with the state.
“Hard Rock International is thrilled to collaborate with the Menominee Tribe to create a true regional entertainment destination, which will become an important economic engine for the Menominee and Wisconsin,” said Jim Allen, chairman of Hard Rock International. “We look forward to lending our global recognition, strong financial capabilities and proven experience to this project.”
“Hard Rock is an internationally recognized, value-added brand known for high quality offerings and world-class entertainment by people across the globe,” said Craig Corn, chairman of the Menominee Tribe. “Bringing Hard Rock to Wisconsin and adding them to our team greatly elevates the excitement around this project and will make it even more attractive and successful as an entertainment destination, particularly to people visiting from Illinois and beyond.”
To kick off Pinktober, the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando hosted a very special "Velvet Sessions" with Artist Ambassador Bret Michaels.
The Hard Rock Cafe in Orlando collaborated with the students at Full Sail University to create an incredible display of Pinktober spirit!
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