Absolute Radio and Hard Rock Cafe, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, have announced that PIGEON DETECTIVES will be performing as part of the ‘Absolute Radio Presents The Hard Rock 40th Anniversary Sessions’ live at Hard Rock Cafe London on Thursday 5th May 2011.



The Hard Rock Cafe London show will showcase tracks from The Pigeon Detectives hotly anticipated third album ‘UP, GUARDS AND AT ‘EM!’ which was released on 4th April. Hosted by Absolute Radio Hometime DJ Geoff Lloyd, this Hard Rock Cafe show will air on the station on 12th of May from 7pm in Geoff Lloyd’s Hometime Show.   Fans can only win tickets by tuning into Absolute Radio, or going on


With two Top 5 albums, ‘Wait For Me’ (2007) and  ‘Emergency’ (2008) and five Top 40 singles tucked under their collective arm, Pigeon Detectives  third album ‘UP, GUARDS AND AT ‘EM!’ clearly marks the start of an entire new phase of creativity for the Yorkshire five-piece. In a stark contrast to the quick-fire record and release of the first two albums, ‘UP, GUARDS AND AT ‘EM!’ was written and recorded over the space of 18 months. “The first album felt like a collection of singles and the second one was more a case of putting out what we had at the time,” says front man Matt Bowman. “This time, there was a lot more quality control. We wrote 40 songs, got rid of 20, recorded 20 and then chose the best ten. It’s a real album rather than just a collection of songs – we can’t wait to start playing them.”


This intimate music show is one of many special events and activities taking place between now and June to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Hard Rock Cafe. Starting in May, Hard Rock will host “40 Days That Rock”, where Hard Rock Cafes around the world will host local events and promotions to mark the occasion. Since opening on 14 June 1971, the original Hard Rock Cafe in London has hosted many world-class music events including concerts, appearances and performances from artists such as Aerosmith, Paul McCartney, The Who, The Police, Iron Maiden, Stevie Wonder, and as part of the monthly shows with Absolute Radio – Manic Street Preachers, Editors, Scouting For Girls and Amy Macdonald.


Extending the birthday theme, guests to this exclusive show – and future ‘Absolute Radio Presents The Hard Rock 40th Anniversary Sessions’ shows – will be treated to an exclusive 40th anniversary cocktail on arrival, DJs before and after the live music plus mouth-watering picks from Hard Rock Cafe’s classic American menu, making this show one not to be missed!