There’s something just so authentic and historic about the Hard Rock. Whether it’s the quoted lyrics plastered over all the walls from bands like Van Halen and AC/DC, or the beautiful, magnificent guitars all throughout the building (John Entwistle’s bass being my personal favorite artifact), the Hard Rock almost seems like a museum of some kind, dedicated to all things rock n’ roll.
When I drove up to Hard Rock in Tampa this week Tuesday, it was under the premise that the day would literally be an average Tuesday. Outside of grabbing a bite to eat with my friends and bandmates in The Cruz Brothers and participate in an open mic, there were no expectations that a day like this would become so firmly etched in my memory. The open mic didn’t even pan out, as there was a sign-up process we had overlooked, and the event had already filled up with many musicians.
Because of this, there couldn’t have been any greater surprise on my part when we were called on stage to accept the honor of Hard Rock Ambassadors. It’s not as though anyone had notified us that we would be receiving the honor that day. I can recall being filled with so much joy in that brief instant. It was unexpected, yet satisfying just the same.
Phil, PJ, Taylor, and myself all walked up to the stage along with a handful of several other talented musicians. It was announced that we would all become Hard Rock Café Brand Ambassadors, at which point the entire café erupted with applause. I can truly say that there has never been a greater feeling for me.
After we accepted the honor and another guitar (making that two that Hard Rock has gifted to us so far), we headed back to our table, where I personally enjoyed some absolutely righteous nachos. We got to listen to Stonegrey, fellow Hard Rock Ambassadors. They played a great set, opening with a truly rad rendition of Sublime’s “What I Got.”
We were also a bit antsy to play some music, so at some point we headed outside of the café to get in some jamming. Phil, PJ, Nathan Hockett from Janani, myself, and even our roadie, Sam, got into a guitar jam that was definitely really rad. We played a truly random mix of songs including some originals, “My Own Summer” by Deftones, and “Everlong” by Foo Fighters. All in all, it was a truly great night that will likely prove impossible to forget.