Harrods Rocks – But Not For Long
Complaints from angry neighbors have put an end to world-famous department store Harrods’ efforts to encourage its customers to shop ‘n’ roll.
The venerable Knightsbridge store owned by Mohamed Al Fayed had started a "Harrods Rocks" series of concerts featuring upcoming talent like Love Minus Zero and The Roslins. But the neighbours stopped the shows before it had chance to stage one that would have featured 2,000 guitarists playing Deep Purple’s "Smoke on the Water."
Harrods said that it had received a call from an environmental health officer warning of complaints about noise levels during a February 15th show.
"We have a lot of out-of-hours events and a good relationship with our neighbors that we don’t want to damage," was how a representative for the store explained why the shows mustn’t go on.
Born To Rock, an exhibition featuring classic guitars owned by such legends as Jimi Hendrix, Van Morrison and Muddy Waters, will continue, but the gigs from up-and-coming bands including Idlewild, Enamel, and Bowling for Soup have been scrapped.