Tag Archive | Hard Rock Café

Scott Ian’s Simpsons Guitar

Scott Ian Simpsons Guitar
Photographed By Gail at the Hard Rock Cafe, NYC

This guitar was custom made for Scott Ian of Anthrax when he was on The Simpsons. The front and back features every major and minor character on the show as well as an image of Scott. There were only two made and it took over 60 hours of work to complete.

Scott Ian Simpsons Guitar Close Up

You can see the likeness of Scott in the upper right hand corner of this photo of the guitar. He is on a Blue background if you need more help finding him, though he appears to be lacking his trademark beard thing.

Scott Ian holding Simpsons Guitar

Here is Scott holding the guitar!

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Mark Kostabi Giant Painted Guitar at the Cutting Room NYC

Mark Kostabi Painted Guitar 2
All Photos By Gail’s iPad

The Cutting Room is a somewhat upscale, intimate music venue here in Manhattan that features a foodie-friendly menu, a bar shaped like a guitar neck and interior décor not entirely dissimilar to that of a Hard Rock Café. At some point in the past couple of years, The Cutting Room, which originally had a vibe much closer to a British Pub than a hip Rock Club, moved from West 24th Street (now home to many excellent restaurants) to 44 East 32nd Street and Park Avenue. You can now literally crawl, if necessary, to or from the club and the 33rd Street stop on the number 6 train. So, convenient!

Mark Kostabi Painted Guitar 3
Kostabi Guitar Detail

One of the things I like about the inside of The Cutting Room is all of the bitchen original art they have. Right near the front door hangs a group of Black & White painted portraits of The Beatles that would knock your socks off, and inside the room where the bands play they have a half a dozen or so paintings by Mark Kostabi, who is one of my favorite contemporary artists. What will grab your eye while you are still on the street, however, is the oversize Guitar Sculpture displayed in the front window, which was painted by Kostabi as well. It is totally awesome.

Find out more about The Cutting Room’s Happy Hour, take a Video Tour of the place and see what shows they have coming up at This Link.

Mark Kostabi Painted Guitar 1

Slash Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame!

Slash Star Walk of Fame

Grammy-winning, iconic guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Slash marked a career milestone today, Tuesday, July 10th, 2012, as he was honored with his own Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Slash’s star is located directly in front of the Hard Rock Café on Hollywood Blvd (6801 Hollywood Blvd, #105 Los Angeles, CA 90028). Slash’s friends — celebrated film producer Robert Evans, actor Charlie Sheen and beloved radio host Jim Ladd — were guest speakers at the fan-packed ceremony. Afterwards, Slash and bandmate Myles Kennedy treated fans to a private acoustic performance and exclusive Q&A at the Hard Rock Café Hollywood Blvd.

As a musician, artist, philanthropist, and iconic rock figure, Slash has amassed album sales nearing an astounding 100 million copies along with a Grammy Award and seven Grammy nominations, plus countless other accolades, accomplishments and acknowledgements, Time magazine named Slash #2, behind Jimi Hendrix, on its “The Ten Best Electric Guitar Players of All-Time.” Slash’s self-titled biography critically well-received, climbed the bestseller list in both the U.S. and U.K. hitting #8 on the NY Times Bestsellers list. Guitar Hero used Slash’s image and music, producing an installment that shattered previous gaming records while opening the floodgates to a whole new generation of fans.

Slash Walk of Fame Ceremony
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Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The ConspiratorsMyles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass)–recently released their new album Apocalyptic Love (May 22, 2012). Apocalyptic Love stormed onto the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #4, marking the top rock debut for that week. The disc also hit #1 Independent Albums Chart and #1 Hard Music Albums Chart. “You’re A Lie” the hard-driving first single off the new album is now #1 Active Rock, marking Slash’s first ever solo #1 hit at radio. All songs on Apocalyptic Love released on Slash’s own Dik Hayd International, and distributed through EMI Label Services were written together by Slash and Myles Kennedy as they spent the last two years on tour all over the world. Critical acclaim is pouring in for the album. Revolver magazine declared “Apocalyptic Love is at heart a collection of lean, high-octane rock-and-roll tunes built to be blasted out of open-top sports cars or, more suitably, open-air stadiums” (July 2012). The Los Angeles Times added, “Fans of his work in GNR and Velvet Revolver will find much to embrace in the album’s 13 tracks, ranging from the sneering rock hooks of “You’re a Lie” and the heavy metal grind of “Halo” to the extended instrumental passages on “Anastasia.”” Elsewhere, Rolling Stone.com hailed “the album is filled with head bangers and plenty of fancy fretwork, most notably on standout tracks like “Hard and Fast” and “Standing in the Sun”’ (May 20, 2012). Slash and his band, including touring guitarist Frank Sidoris, will launch a summer headlining tour of the U.S. and Canada on July 12 in Portland, OR. They’ll follow that up with a full U.S. headlining tour starting September 4 in San Diego, CA and wrapping October 3 in Los Angeles, CA, Ticket information and tour dates are available at This Link.