Our Commitment to the Environment: Celebrating Earth Hour


 Hard Rock Cafe has long had a tradition of involving itself with philanthropic causes and finding new and unique ways to give back to society, through its Corporate Social Responsibility efforts.
As part of this year’s initiative, Hard Rock Cafe is proud of its participation in Earth Hour- a global movement to symbolize one’s commitment to the planet.
This was celebrated by switching off the lights in Cafes around the world for 1 hour, from 8.30 PM – 9.30 PM on March 29. Guests could still enjoy the Cafe atmosphere by indulging in a beautiful candle-lit setting.

A brief history of Earth Hour:
Earth Hour is a worldwide movement for the planet organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The event is held worldwide annually encouraging individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the last Saturday in March, as a symbol for their commitment to the planet. It was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide. Today, Earth Hour engages a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues.

The one-hour event continues to remain the key driver of the now larger movement.
The initiative was appreciated by all the guests who enthusiastically took part in the celebrations.

We, at Hard Rock Cafe continue our efforts in doing our bit for the environment and encourage our patrons to join us in the same.

 
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Get Shamrocked!


Saint Patrick’s Day commemorates the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. It celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish people, and their zest for life.

Celebrations in Ireland involve public parades and the merry folk dressing up in green- the symbolic color of St. Patrick and wearing shamrocks- the four leaved clover.

Shamrocks are important in Irish tradition since the plant was used by St. Patrick to explain the Christian concept of the Holy Trinity to the Irish natives.

The Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday's tradition of alcohol consumption.

At Hard Rock, we love to party. And what better reason to party harder than St. Patrick’s Day?

The long weekend and Holi added to the celebratory spirit, with St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at all Hard Rock Cafes being held from 14th- 17th March.

As part of the celebrations, all the cafes were decorated in a green and white theme.  Hard Rock Cafe had also tied up with Jameson Irish Whiskey which offered patrons a chance to win a trip to Dublin.

Everyone had a gala time with one of the servers at Hard Rock Cafe Worli, Mumbai even painting the back of his head with the HRC logo, generating a lot of interest and excitement among the fans.

Here’s to all the merry folk! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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Wolfmother: Live at Hard Rock Cafe


March started with a bang with very exciting news for all rock music fans!
Hard Rock Cafe was proud to host Australian hard rock band, Wolfmother in Mumbai on 5th March and Delhi on 7th March.

Truly a band out of time, the Australian power trio Wolfmother were conceived in 2000 -- about 30 years too late, considering that the musicians' psychedelic brand of proto-heavy metal sounded similar to the late-'60s/early-'70s craft of Blue Cheer and Black Sabbath.
Comprised of vocalist/guitarist Andrew Stockdale, bassist/organist Chris Ross, and drummer Myles Heskett, Wolfmother took the initiative of recording a four-track demo in 2004 for the purpose of booking shows. So sterling were the results, however, that the band soon found itself re-recording the material for official release via the local label Modular Records.

A second EP, Dimensions, appeared in 2006, and Wolfmother made the jump to the majors in early 2006, courtesy of an American distribution deal with Modular through Interscope Records.
A self-titled album debut appeared in May and reached the Top 40, resulting in a trophy for Best Hard Rock Performance at the 2007 Grammy Awards. Co-founders Ross and Heskett left the group the following year, leaving Stockdale and new members Ian Peres (bass, keyboards), Aidan Nemeth (guitar), and Dave Atkins (drums) to carry the torch with 2009's Cosmic Egg.

Everyone seems to know of ‘Joker & Thief’ since it  featured in such movies as The Hangover, Jackass Number Two, Shoot 'Em Up, Shrek the Third, video games Need for Speed: Carbon, NHL 14 and MLB 07: The Show.

It is also available as downloadable content for the music video game series Rock Band, and is playable on music video games Karaoke Revolution Presents American Idol Encore 2 and Rock Revolution.

"Woman", a single from the album, won the band a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2006.

New moon rising from Twilight Saga: New Moon

Apparently they were once referred as ‘Teenage Jimi Hendrix, Steppenwolf kind of band"

Their musical influences are ‘Led Zeppelin / Black Sabbath’

While the Indian food and hospitality overwhelmed the rockers, they truly set the house on fire with their electric performances. A truly memorable event for all their fans.
And as said by one of our other fans, if someone thinks rock music is dead- Wolfmother reaffirms the belief that it truly is not.



 

 
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Kaya Jones- Former Pussycat Doll, First Time in India

Kaya Jones is perhaps best known as one of the lead singers for The Pussycat Dolls, which was one of the most popular girl groups in history having sold more than 15 million albums and 40 million singles worldwide. The Pussycat Dolls rapidly expanded to include a Las Vegas show, merchandise, reality television programs and product endorsements, making them one of the most recognizable and bestselling music brands of the decade. Jones was one of the founding members and closely involved with the development of the group’s sound and style.
Since leaving the group, Jones has brought her own sound to the masses and developed her career as a solo artist. Her solo hit singles include “Hollywood Doll” and “Take It Off,” both of which became top dance songs throughout the world. She put out two solo albums, “Confessions of a Hollywood Doll” and “Kaya,” and has performed at several of the top clubs in Los Angeles and New York. She also sang backup for Mick Jagger on the Golden Globe winning song “Old Habits Die Hard” from the soundtrack for the movie “Alfie.”
Jones has also developed the Hollywood Doll brand, which designs and manufactures a line of dolls, and fashion and beauty products for young girls. And, at the age of 26, Jones became the youngest female in history to start her own record label, HueMan Race Records.
At the age of 13, Jones was discovered by R. Kelly and signed to his record label for development as an emerging talent. By age 16, she had signed with Capitol Records and in 2003 auditioned and was selected from more than 2,000 other singers for the coveted spot with the Pussycat Dolls. After being indoctrinated into the girl band, she went under the tutelage of legendary music producer Jimmy Iovine.
Jones was born in Toronto to a Native American father and a Jamaican mother. She spent the first several years of her life traveling with her family throughout the Caribbean before they eventually moved to the United States and settled in Las Vegas. As a young child, Jones spent her time learning to act, sing and play the violin. Jones currently lives in Los Angeles.
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The Queen of Soul: Aretha Franklin


Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer and musician. Franklin began her career singing gospel at her father, minister C. L. Franklin's church as a child. In 1960, at age 18, Franklin embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records only achieving modest success. Following her signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as "Respect", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and "Think". These hits and more helped her to gain the title The Queen of Soul by the end of the 1960s decade.
Franklin eventually recorded a total of 88 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries and twenty number-one R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in the chart's history. Franklin also recorded acclaimed albums such as I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Lady Soul, Young, Gifted & Black and Amazing Grace. In 1998, Franklin won international acclaim for singing the opera aria, "Nessun Dorma", at the Grammys of that year replacing Luciano Pavarotti. Later that same year, she scored her final Top 40 recording with "A Rose Is Still a Rose".

Franklin has won a total of 18 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling female artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide. Franklin has been honored throughout her career including a 1987 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in which she became the first female performer to be inducted. She was inducted to the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Franklin is listed in at least two all-time lists on Rolling Stone magazine, including the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, in which she placed number 9, and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time in which she placed number 1.
In February 1968, Franklin earned the first two of her Grammys including the debut category for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. On February 16, 1968, Aretha was honored with a day in her honor and was greeted by longtime friend Martin Luther King, Jr. who gave her the SCLC Drum Beat Award for Musicians just two months prior to his death. In June 1968, she appeared on the cover of Time magazine.

Franklin's success expanded during the early 1970s in which she recorded top ten singles such as "Spanish Harlem", "Rock Steady" and "Day Dreaming" as well as the acclaimed albums, Spirit in the Dark, Young, Gifted & Black and her gospel album, Amazing Grace, which sold over two million copies.
Franklin has often been described as a great singer and musician due to "vocal flexibility, interpretive intelligence, skillful piano-playing, her ear, her experience." Franklin's voice has been described as being a "powerful mezzo-soprano voice" and has been praised for her arrangements and interpretations of other artists' hit songs.

Hard Rock Cafe salutes the lady with the mesmerizing voice.

 
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