Musings On Music History: In Which We Sing Happy Birthday To Two (!) Van Halen Singers, A Plethora Of Rock Royalty, and A Double Dose Of Lennon

10.07: Johnny Cougar, John Cougar Mellencamp, and John Mellencamp were all born on this day in 1951. Yes, they are all one in the same, three different sides of the same person, one of the most American of American musicians of the past 35 years, the embodiment of him who loves little pink houses, singing…

Musings On Music History: In Which TV Finds Its Soul, Music Hits Its Lowest Point Ever, and Another Incredible Talent Is Silenced

10.01: Jimi Hendrix found his bass player, Noel Redding, on this day in 1966. Joining Hendrix and Redding, shortly thereafter, Mitch Mitchell rounded out The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Though they would only put out three official albums and last for less than three years, the band remains one of the most influential of the ’60s…

Musings On Music History: Lucille Gets Her Player, Country Gets Its Voice, and We Lose The Greatest Guitar Player On The Planet

09.16: On this day in 1925, B.B. King was born. Lucille (look it up) would never be the same. Master of the blues, virtuoso improviser on the guitar, and influencer of everyone from Clapton to Hendrix to Stevie Ray Vaughn, B.B. King’s reach around the globe can never be underestimated. He is the Ambassador of…

Frightened Rabbit Signs On As Hard Rock’s September Featured “Artist Of The Month”

Hard Rock Cafe’s Targeted Video System Continues to Showcase New Releases From Established and Emerging Artists  Orlando, Fla., September 10, 2013 – Hard Rock International is pleased to announce their second featured Artist of the Month, British indie-rock band, Frightened Rabbit. As part of the Hard Rock brand’s ongoing initiative, the Artist of the Month…

Musings On Music History: Rock Gets A Hall, We Gain A Buddy, and The World Gets The Greatest Front Man In The History Of Rock ‘N’ Roll

09.02: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened its doors on this day in 1995 in Cleveland, Ohio, forever enshrining all that is awesome and good about rock and roll, rhythm and blues, hip-hop, country, and most other genres of which one could think. Over the years, there have been many a criticism lobbied…

Milestone Victory In Trademark And Unfair Competition Dispute With Unauthorized Hard Rock Cafe In Heidelberg, Germany

We are delighted to inform our customers of a major legal victory our company has achieved today after a legal battle over the last five years. The Supreme Court of Germany has found today that an unauthorized restaurant operating in Heidelberg, Germany under the identical name and logo Hard Rock Cafe violates our companies’ well-known…

Mayer Hawthorne Signs On As Hard Rock’s First Featured “Artist Of The Month”

Hard Rock Cafe Launches Targeted Video SystemShowcasing New Releases From Established and Emerging Artists  Orlando, Fla., August 8, 2013 – Hard Rock International has recruited Republic Records recording artist, Mayer Hawthorne, as the brand’s first ever featured video Artist of the Month.  The announcement marks the debut of the brand’s Artist of the Month program,…

Musings On Music History: In Which We Get An Appetite For GNR, We Lose A Super Freak, And We Welcome A Tattooed Millionaire

08.05: American Bandstand debuted on national television on this day in 1957, with new host Dick Clark . Before that, it was merely called Bandstand and was just a local show in Philly hosted by one Bob Horn, who’d been dismissed due to a drunken driving arrest. Dick Clark hosted from 1957 until the show’s…

Musings On Music History: In Which We Say Goodbye To Lady Day, The King Makes His First Recordings, and Leroy Brown Hits The Top

07.15: Pop-punk songstress Avril Lavigne is married to sweetheart Deryck Whibley (who swiftly stole the crown of “Ugliest Guy In Rock” from Jani “Cherry Pie” Lane) of Sum 41 in Montecito, CA, on this day in 2006. But this ended as most musician/musician (or musician/celebrity or musician/supermodel) marriages end, in a bitter and acrimonious divorce,…