Yoko Ono Presents Hamish Dodds with Spirit of Excellence Award for Hard Rock International at T.J. Martell Foundation New York Honors Gala

New York, New York – (October 21, 2014) – The T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research has announced legendary music icon Yoko Ono Lennon as the presenter for the Spirit of Excellence Award which will be awarded to Hard Rock International.  The award will be accepted by Hamish Dodds, CEO of Hard…

Hard Rock International Introduces Worldwide Hard Rock Roxtars® Launch For Kids of All Ages

Orlando, Fla. – Hard Rock International – owner of one of the world’s most recognized and iconic lifestyle brands – proudly unveils the Hard Rock Roxtars®, a band of characters serving as brand ambassadors for Hard Rock’s multifaceted programs catering to children of all ages, presented at Hard Rock Cafes®, Hard Rock Hotels and Rock…

Hard Rock Cafe Partners with the National Park Foundation to Launch Pin Series

ORLANDO, Fla., May 15, 2014 – Historic landmarks, cultural treasures and 84 million acres of spectacular scenery are making their way to Hard Rock locations across the United States! This May, Hard Rock International is honored to partner with the National Park Foundation (NPF), the official charity of America’s national parks, to launch the brand’s limited-edition…

The Hard Rock Historian’s Top 10 Albums Of 2013 In Completely Random Order

Jeff Nolan, Hard Rock’s extremely eminent, insanely knowledgeable, and just downright handsome historian, has been so kind at to put together his thoughts on the year in music, 2013. And…here…we…go! __________________________________________ 2013 has come and gone, leaving a fetid stain of rehashed ‘80s synth pop, electro-disco bleatings, corporate post-grunge and pretentious Americana performed by people…

Musings On Music History: In Which The World Loses A Singular Musical Voice, Gains An Alternative Godfather, and Witnesses A Trek Of Epic Proportions

12.31: Okay, let’s go back in the Way Back Machine. We’re going back to the early ‘80s, a time before the fandangled interweb thingamajiggy, upon which you find yourself this very second, a time when, compared to now, the music business seemed small, almost quaint. It was before the rise of alternative rock, before the…

Musings On Music History: In Which We Say Goodbye To Way Too Many Extraordinary Musicians

12.02: Gilby Clarke joined Guns N’ Roses on this day in 1991, replacing founding member and original guitarist Izzy Stradlin, who’d left suddenly after a show in Germany, citing Axl’s erratic behavior and Slash, Matt Sorum, and Duff McKagan’s drug use (Izzy’d recently found sobriety) as the main reasons for his departure. Long way of…