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Deadbeats compete for 'Hard Rock Calling' gig

April 26th, 2011

The Deadbeats have advanced in the Hard Rock Cafe's national battle of the bands and are now one step closer to performing at a huge music festival in the U.K. later this year.

The Deadbeats perform during the Hawaii finals of the Hard Rock Cafe's battle of the bands. (Star-Advertiser photo by Jason Genegabus)

The local rockers are one of 40 acts from around the country vying for one of four opening slots at "Hard Rock Calling 2011," a multi-day festival at Hyde Park in London, England that will attract thousands of fans and some of rock's biggest names, including Bon Jovi, Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks.

"We were just stoked to win it for our region … (and) that was my main goal from this whole experience," said the Deadbeats' Brett Robinson earlier this month when the news was first announced. "I just wanted to play the Hard Rock Waikiki.That place is pretty awesome. And then we won, so I'm pretty stoked."

Following regional battles at 68 different cities in 24 countries, a panel of judges that included musicians Steven Van Zandt and Pete Wentz, Live Nation vice president Toby Leighton-Pope, Hard Rock chief marketing officer John Galloway and radio exec Clare Baker chose the 40 finalists. Voting took place earlier this month online, and the final four finalists will be announced on Thursday; if the Deadbeats make it that far, they will need your help getting the votes necessary to serve as the opening act on the "Hard Rock Calling" main stage.

"I don't want to get my hopes up, but it will be great if people who don't even know us want to send a band from Hawaii to London," Robinson said. "I think the worst thing would be to get our hopes up and then it doesn't happen."

Click here for more details on the contest.


Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at

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Hard Rock’s Battle of the Bands Top 40 Finalists

(Listed in alphabetical order by city)

» Ando Navajas - Hard Rock Cafe Acapulco (Mexico)

» Graham’s Number - Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta (USA)

» Navicula - Hard Rock Cafe Bali (Indonesia)

» Swarathma - Hard Rock Cafe Bengaluru (India)

» Rosco Bandana - Hard Rock Cafe Biloxi (USA)

» Jackson Wetherbee Band - Hard Rock Cafe Boston (USA)

» The Greets - Hard Rock Cafe Buenos Aires (Argentina)

» Lotorock - Hard Rock Cafe Cancun (Mexico)

» The Evil Elite - Hard Rock Cafe Cleveland (USA)

» Stefany June - Hard Rock Cafe Cologne (Germany)

» Aloft in the Sundry - Hard Rock Cafe Denver (USA)

» The Wall Clocks - Hard Rock Cafe Detroit (USA)

» The Detours - Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh (Scotland)

» Elaine Faye - Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood (USA)

» The Deadbeats - Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu (USA)

» The Max Allen Band - Hard Rock Cafe Indianapolis (USA)

» Gugun Blues Shelter - Hard Rock Cafe Jakarta (Indonesia)

» The Azenders - Hard Rock Cafe Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

» Red Abbey - Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas (USA)

» Quarteto de Bolso - Hard Rock Cafe Lisbon (Portugal)

» The Rubicon - Hard Rock Cafe London (England)

» Uh Huh Baby Yeah - Hard Rock Cafe Louisville (USA)

» Dinero - Hard Rock Cafe Madrid (Spain)

» Pancake 80 - Hard Rock Cafe Makati (Philippines)

» Sounds Of Addiction - Hard Rock Cafe Maui (USA)

» Esmeralda Bacci - Hard Rock Cafe Mexico City (Mexico)

» Bombay Bassment - Hard Rock Cafe Mumbai (India)

» Old Age Revolution - Hard Rock Cafe Munich (Germany)

» Aunt Polly's Glass Eye - Hard Rock Cafe Myrtle Beach (USA)

» Knapsackheroes - Hard Rock Cafe Nashville (USA)

» Pandemic - Hard Rock Cafe New Orleans (USA)

» The Hollow - Hard Rock Cafe New York (USA)

» Soulswitch - Hard Rock Cafe Orlando (USA)

» Lafayette - Hard Rock Cafe Paris (France)

» Modread - Hard Rock Cafe Penang (Malaysia)

» Atomic Square - Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia (USA)

» IAMWE - Hard Rock Cafe Phoenix (USA)

» Neosound - Hard Rock Cafe Prague (Czech Republic)

» B.A.R.B. - Hard Rock Cafe Singapore (Singapore)

» Mary Rose Obsession - Hard Rock Cafe Toronto (Canada)

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