The Ould Sod: First day off in forever, man

You know those folks who take long vacations and feel the need to explain that it’s their first vacation in five years/ten years/since I can’t remember when/since I started working here/since I got married/since I had kids/since I moved to California/since I moved back to New York. (Or, as the Hold Steady put it in “Chill Out Tent”: “…it was his first day off in forever, man.”)

Well, I won’t put you through that. I was away from the office for two weeks. And fuck it.

I also won’t try to explain that the vacation actually started out as work. Because you’d never believe that attending Hard Rock’s concert series in Hyde Park is work. Certainly not if you were there, what with the amazing VIP tent and free food, booze and service all day, not to mention guys named Springsteen, Neil Young, Paul McCartney and the Killers onstage. Not to mention the after-parties.

Yeah, I won’t even try. It was work. It was fun. And it rapidly devolved into pure, stout-soaked sloth.

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A conversation with Bruce Springsteen

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6/28/09, Hyde Park, London, backstage at Hard Rock Calling

– What’re you doing here?
– I’m working for Hard Rock… What are you doing here?
– Uh-huh…
– That was great, you goin’ up onstage with those guys [Gaslight Anthem]?
– Yeah…
– Really cool. Really fun.
– Yeah… [Hug.] Good to see ya, Bobby.

USA Today, Wired, Hyde Park: Memo site zooms along

The once top-secret Hard Rock memorabilia site, the first on the planet to use Microsoft’s Deep Zoom technology and the star of the keynote address at Microsoft’s MIX conference in March, is still making waves, with scores of prominent and positive citations throughout the blogosphere, a complimentary story in USA Today, a laudatory item on Wired.com, and, of course, much mo’. In addition, the site, conceived and designed by Duncan/Channon, is being presented at Microsoft’s Tech·Ed Conference this coming week in Orlando. Further, it was announced on Friday that the memorabilia site will be featured on public kiosks in London’s Hyde Park in honor of Hard Rock’s Ambassadors of Rock tour, which kicks off there with the Police, Eric Clapton, and many others on June 28–29. Accordingly, the site is being updated specifically to encompass a full complement of memorabilia from various of the Ambassadors of Rock artists — one of whom, Clapton, was actually Hard Rock’s original memorabilia donor.

Update, Nov 25: A little love from Blender, Rolling Stone and Spin.