10/07/2009

Joss to Play Hard Rock's Pinktober Charity Concert

Joss Stone will be performing Hard Rock's Pinktober Charity Concert on November 1, 2009! Get your tickets now. Read all the details below:
HARD ROCK’S PINKTOBER™ PRESENTS: WOMEN OF ROCK CHARITY CONCERT AT ROYAL ALBERT HALL
1 NOVEMBER 2009
 
STARRING MELANIE C, JOSS STONE, BANANARAMA, BONNIE TYLER, ESCALA AND MORE!

London, 7 September 2009 - Celebrating a decade dedicated to supporting breast cancer research and awareness programs, Hard Rock International today announced plans for its Hard Rock’s PINKTOBER™ Presents: Women of Rock charity gala event. Scheduled for Sunday 1 November at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the concert will stage exclusive performances from some of the foremost females in modern pop music, including Melanie C, Joss Stone, Bananarama, Jamelia, Bonnie Tyler, Escala, Sharon Corr and Tulisa (N - Dubz), plus the leading ladies from the West End hit theatre show Mamma Mia.

Tickets are priced from £35 - £45 and go on sale Friday September 11th at 9am at 0845 401 5031 or at www.RoyalAlbertHall.com.

This year’s PINKTOBER program marks the 10-year anniversary of Hard Rock’s support in raising awareness and finding a search for a cure for breast cancer. The campaign features limited-edition products, as well as a series of live music and fundraising events at Hard Rock establishments around the world. In the UK, funds will be raised for the Caron Keating Foundation, which offers financial support and grants to all types of cancer charities, professional carers, complimentary healing practitioners, as well as individuals and families who are affected by the disease.

"We are proud to embark on our 10 year of helping find a cure for breast cancer," said Sean Dee, Vice President and CMO, Hard Rock International. "The answer is out there and together we’ll find it."

Joss Stone adds, "I always try and support as many charities as I can and Breast Cancer is extra important to me, being a Woman. I hope to make a small difference."

"I'm really happy to take part in another fundraising event for the Caron Keating Foundation following my PINKTOBER show at Hard Rock Cafe Manchester last year,” Melanie C commented. “Hard Rock organise their events so well and I am delighted that this show at the Royal Albert Hall is donating profits to such a wonderful charity."

Gloria Hunniford, co-founder of the Caron Keating Foundation, added, "I am so thrilled that Hard Rock Cafe has chosen to support the Caron Keating Foundation again. We are very much a family run organisation, and as Caron's mother, it is my privilege to administrate the Foundation with our only expense being a part-time secretary. We give grants to cancer charities of all types and knowing we are doing this in Caron's name, is part of my own healing. Within our family, we have all in our working lives been involved in the music industry. Caron used to present a television rock programme as well as hosting occasionally 'Top of the Pops' and I know, she would truly approve of PINKTOBER and how many people dealing with cancer will be helped through your efforts in raising money.’

Beginning in early September, Hard Rock’s PINKTOBER merchandise will be sold at Hard Rock properties worldwide, including Cafes, Hotels, Casinos and on www.hardrock.com.

• Hard Rock’s PINKTOBER Pin, the 10th in a series supporting breast cancer research and awareness, features a gold base with Pink enamel and a dangling Pink ribbon adorned with Pink rhinestones. (£8.50)

• Hard Rock’s PINKTOBER Pink women’s crew-neck, short-sleeve t-shirt features the brand’s “Love all, Serve all” mantra as the background for a Pink breast cancer research ribbon. The design is then accented with the words “Hard Rock” and features the Hard Rock brand logo in Pink! (£18)

• Hard Rock’s PINKTOBER keychain features six charms that capture the spirit of the cause – including a dangling Pink ribbon adorned with Pink rhinestones, a Pink Clef note and the powerful word “CURE.” (£11.50)

Proceeds from the sale of special limited-edition 2009 Hard Rock’s PINKTOBER merchandise will benefit The Caron Keating Foundation (UK only) and other local breast cancer related charities, with 75% of the retail price of each pin and 15% of the retail price of each t-shirt and key-chain sold going directly to the cause.

Joss Stone is an English soul and R&B singer–songwriter and actress. Stone emerged to fame in late 2003 with her multi-platinum debut album, The Soul Sessions, which made the 2004 Mercury Prize shortlist. Throughout her career, Stone has sold over ten million albums worldwide, and has won two BRIT Awards and one Grammy Award.

Melanie C needs no introduction. With 3 million solo album sales, 6 Top 10 singles and over 200 combined weeks on the UK chart, she is one of the most successful female artists of the last decade. Deftly described by the Sunday Times as ‘brilliant’, she has co-written 11 UK Number 1s, more than any other female artist in chart history.

Bananarama are singer/songwriters Sara Dallin & Keren Woodward, a British pop band who had huge success in the 80’s with major international hits such as Cruel Summer, Robert De Niro, Love in The First Degree and Venus, continuing right up to date with their 10th studio album ‘VIVA’ released in September. Having sold more than 40 million records, Bananarama are still the most successful female group in the world with the most chart singles (30). Bananarama tour worldwide in stadiums, arenas & festivals.

Jamelia is an English singer-songwriter. She has released three studio albums, each of which has reached the Top 40 in the UK, which collectively have spawned eight UK top ten singles. In addition, Jamelia has won four MOBO Awards, a Q award and has received six BRIT Award nominations.

Bonnie Tyler has been a world star since 1976, when she stormed the charts with the infectious 'Lost in France'. She has consistently been one of Britain's top-selling female artists and has enjoyed incredible international success and smash hit singles including ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart’ and ‘Holding Out For A Hero’.

Escala are an electronic string quartet from London who rose to fame when they performed on and reached the final on the second series of Britain's Got Talent on ITV1 in May 2008.

Sharon Corr is a musician and member of the Irish pop-rock band The Corrs. She plays the violin, piano, guitar, and sings backing vocals. She wrote the Corrs hits "So Young", "Radio", "Long Night", and "Goodbye" as well as the instrumentals "Silver Strand" and "Rebel Heart", the latter of which was used as theme music for the television miniseries of the same name.

N-Dubz are a MOBO award winning hip hop group from London, based around Camden Town. They were previously signed to Polydor Records before joining All Around the World Records. They have so far had three top 40 hits on the UK Singles Chart, one of them entering the top 20. Their debut album Uncle B was released on 17 November 2008 and debuted at #11 on the UK Albums Chart.

Hard Rock’s PINKTOBER brings some of the world’s best live music and events to intimate surroundings. The series of events support local breast cancer charities across the world, and proceeds from each event throughout the month goes to the chosen charities. Last year saw Melanie C, Banarama, Hue and Cry, Staind, Starsailor and Beverley Knight all perform live for PINKTOBER in the UK. PINKTOBER 2009 will tour the UK this October with Fun Loving Criminals playing Hard Rock Cafe London on October 14 and The Law playing Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh on October 15.

For more information about PINKTOBER or Hard Rock International, please contact:

LD Communications
Kate Etteridge/ Nadine Bibi
T: 020 7439 7222
E: kate.etteridge@ldcommunications.co.uk/ nadine.bibi@ldcommunications.co.uk

Notes to Editors:

About The Caron Keating Foundation
The Caron Keating Foundation is a fund raising partnership set up by Gloria Hunniford, Paul & Michael Keating. The Foundation financially helps a number of cancer charities with their ongoing quest for prevention, early detection and hopefully ultimate cure. It also offers financial support to professional carers, complimentary healing practitioners and support groups dealing with cancer patients, as well as individuals and families who are affected by the disease. For more information, please visit www.caronkeating.org

About Hard Rock International
With a total of 156 venues in 52 countries, including 127 cafes and 11 Hotels/Casinos, Hard Rock International is one of the world's most globally recognized brands. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. In addition to the two flagship Seminole Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Fla., Hard Rock Hotels/Casinos are located in Las Vegas, Biloxi, Orlando, Chicago, San Diego, Tulsa, Pattaya, Bali and Macau. Additional hotel and casino projects have been announced in Penang, scheduled to open in 2009; Singapore in 2010; Palm Springs, Atlanta and Panama, scheduled to open in 2011; Hungary, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, scheduled to open in 2012. Hard Rock International is owned by Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Inc. For further details on Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos, visit www.hardrockhotels.com. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.

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