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Posted on November 27, 2007 | Tags:

Orlando, FL - November 27, 2007 - Hard Rock International and Lagomar Resort, S.A. announced today plans to develop a Hard Rock Hotel in Farallon, Panama.  Hard Rock Hotel Panama will be situated along Playa Blanca Beach in Farallon. The newest location will be reflective of the luxurious brand, as well as Hard Rock's ongoing strategy to accelerate expansion of their properties worldwide.

With broad views of the Pacific Ocean, the resort will provide outstanding oceanfront views along 1,200 feet of Panama's coast.  The tropical location, combined with Hard Rock's renowned, luxurious quality standard, offers another unique destination resort for one of the world's most globally recognized brands. This is Hard Rock’s first hotel property in Latin America.

"The Hard Rock brand continues to expand to locations that offer key attractions including climate, beaches and natural beauty," said Hamish Dodds, president and CEO, Hard Rock International.  "We feel this ideal Latin America location will be of interest to our growing clientele, and foresee this as a strategic business adventure reflective of Panama’s developing tourism sector."

Hard Rock Hotel Panama will offer 445 luxurious guestrooms that range in size from 530 square feet, to 1,910 square foot ‘rock-star suites’ - a signature trademark of the Hard Rock brand.

"We are excited to bring the Hard Rock Hotel experience to these pristine Pacific beaches," says Wayne Bryan, CEO of Lagomar Resort, S.A.. "It's the right place to invest, with perfect weather and a forward-thinking government. Additionally, Hard Rock's blend of luxury and lifestyle provide an unparalleled visitor experience."

The surrounding natural landscape, including miles of sparkling white sand beaches, towering palms, and flowering plants indigenous to Latin America will undoubtedly serve as a complimentary backdrop for the hotel property and its amenities.

Several food and beverage outlets are planned for the resort, which will include a lobby bar/lounge and three unique restaurants inside the hotel.  A luxury health spa will be open for guests, offering incomparable spa treatments exclusive to Hard Rock for visitors to unwind.  Additionally, a business and conference center will be available, providing 25,000 square feet to accommodate large meetings.  A smaller ballroom will also be on-site for more private, intimate affairs.

"The Seminole Tribe of Florida and Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, are very proud to announce the first Hard Rock Hotel in Central America," says Jim Allen, Chairman of Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment. "Panama, known as 'the Bridge of the World,' will continue Hard Rock's ongoing commitment for international expansion in interesting and strategic locations."

Currently experiencing a real estate boom, properties in Panama are rapidly increasing in price and turning the country into a seemingly excellent destination for investments.  Spectacular wildlife, scenic clouds forests, and beautiful beaches provide a wealth of options for travelers interested in water sports and leisure, or relaxation.


About Hard Rock International
With 121 high-energy Hard Rock Cafes and nine Hotels/Casinos in 47 countries, Hard Rock International is one of the world’s most globally recognized brands. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. In addition to the two flagship Seminole Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Fla., Hard Rock Hotels/Casinos are located in Las Vegas, Biloxi, Orlando, Chicago, San Diego, Pattaya and Bali.  Additional hotel and casino projects have been announced in Macau and Penang, both scheduled to open in 2009; Palm Springs and Atlanta, both scheduled to open in 2010; and Dubai, scheduled to open in 2011. Hard Rock International, Inc. is owned by Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Inc. For more information on Hard Rock, visit www.hardrock.com.

About Lagomar Resorts, S.A.
From the rain forests of Costa Rica to the desert oasis of Las Vegas, the Lagomar team brings a wealth of experience in envisioning and building world-class lifestyle destinations. Lagomar resorts boast everything from trend-setting design and environmentally-friendly construction to innovative financing in an effort to create a rewarding experience for everyone from guests to investors. For the past two years the team has been focused exclusively on the Panama project, covering thousands of miles of coastline to find the ideal place for a luxury resort destination. Together with the Hard Rock Hotel, Lagomar Resorts are committed to bringing an unequalled, ecologically conscious vacation experience to visitors from around the world.  For more information on Lagomar visit www.lagomarpanama.com.

Posted on November 27, 2007 | Tags:
VIBRANT RESORT PROPERTY TO OFFER A FOUR-STAR, LUXURY ENVIRONMENT COMBINED WITH UNIQUE ROCK VIBE
Orlando, FL - November 27, 2007 - Hard Rock International and Lagomar Resort, S.A. announced today plans to develop a Hard Rock Hotel in Farallon, Panama. Hard Rock Hotel Panama will be situated along Playa Blanca Beach in Farallon. The newest location will be reflective of the luxurious brand, as well as Hard Rock's ongoing strategy to accelerate expansion of their properties worldwide.

With broad views of the Pacific Ocean, the resort will provide outstanding oceanfront views along 1,200 feet of Panama's coast. The tropical location, combined with Hard Rock's renowned, luxurious quality standard, offers another unique destination resort for one of the world's most globally recognized brands. This is Hard Rock’s first hotel property in Latin America.

"The Hard Rock brand continues to expand to locations that offer key attractions including climate, beaches and natural beauty," said Hamish Dodds, president and CEO, Hard Rock International. "We feel this ideal Latin America location will be of interest to our growing clientele, and foresee this as a strategic business adventure reflective of Panama’s developing tourism sector."

Hard Rock Hotel Panama will offer 445 luxurious guestrooms that range in size from 530 square feet, to 1,910 square foot ‘rock-star suites’ - a signature trademark of the Hard Rock brand.

"We are excited to bring the Hard Rock Hotel experience to these pristine Pacific beaches," says Wayne Bryan, CEO of Lagomar Resort, S.A.. "It's the right place to invest, with perfect weather and a forward-thinking government. Additionally, Hard Rock's blend of luxury and lifestyle provide an unparalleled visitor experience."

The surrounding natural landscape, including miles of sparkling white sand beaches, towering palms, and flowering plants indigenous to Latin America will undoubtedly serve as a complimentary backdrop for the hotel property and its amenities.

Several food and beverage outlets are planned for the resort, which will include a lobby bar/lounge and three unique restaurants inside the hotel. A luxury health spa will be open for guests, offering incomparable spa treatments exclusive to Hard Rock for visitors to unwind. Additionally, a business and conference center will be available, providing 25,000 square feet to accommodate large meetings. A smaller ballroom will also be on-site for more private, intimate affairs.

"The Seminole Tribe of Florida and Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, are very proud to announce the first Hard Rock Hotel in Central America," says Jim Allen, Chairman of Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment. "Panama, known as 'the Bridge of the World,' will continue Hard Rock's ongoing commitment for international expansion in interesting and strategic locations."

Currently experiencing a real estate boom, properties in Panama are rapidly increasing in price and turning the country into a seemingly excellent destination for investments. Spectacular wildlife, scenic cloud forests, and beautiful beaches provide a wealth of options for travelers interested in water sports and leisure, or relaxation.

About Hard Rock International
With 121 high-energy Hard Rock Cafes and nine Hotels/Casinos in 47 countries, Hard Rock International is one of the world’s most globally recognized brands. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. In addition to the two flagship Seminole Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Fla., Hard Rock Hotels/Casinos are located in Las Vegas, Biloxi, Orlando, Chicago, San Diego, Pattaya and Bali. Additional hotel and casino projects have been announced in Macau and Penang, both scheduled to open in 2009; Palm Springs and Atlanta, both scheduled to open in 2010; and Dubai, scheduled to open in 2011. Hard Rock International, Inc. is owned by Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Inc. For more information on Hard Rock, visit www.HardRock.com.

About Lagomar Resorts, S.A.
From the rain forests of Costa Rica to the desert oasis of Las Vegas, the Lagomar team brings a wealth of experience in envisioning and building world-class lifestyle destinations. Lagomar resorts boast everything from trend-setting design and environmentally-friendly construction to innovative financing in an effort to create a rewarding experience for everyone from guests to investors. For the past two years the team has been focused exclusively on the Panama project, covering thousands of miles of coastline to find the ideal place for a luxury resort destination. Together with the Hard Rock Hotel, Lagomar Resorts are committed to bringing an unequalled, ecologically conscious vacation experience to visitors from around the world. For more information on Lagomar visit www.LagomarPanama.com.
Posted on November 15, 2007 | Tags:
Hard Rock Wins Best Beverage Merchandising Program
Orlando, Fla., November 15, 2007 – Hard Rock International was recently honored for its unique approach to beverage marketing with the title of “Best Beverage Merchandising Program” at the 2008 Cheers Beverage Excellence Awards. Hard Rock was presented with the award based on its distinctive use of glassware as a merchandising vehicle.

Entrants in the Beverage Merchandising category were required to present a unique beverage merchandising program that supports and reflects their brand with an innovative initiative that included creative yet functional merchandising materials.

Highlights of Hard Rock International’s beverage merchandising program include its 2007 Rocktober Pink Cocktails, pink-hued beverages served in a souvenir Hard Rock glass, for which a portion of the proceeds were donated to a breast cancer awareness charity. Hard Rock also encourages guests to “drink responsibly” with its Alternative Rock menu, which features non-alcoholic “mocktails,” served in Hard Rock’s souvenir glasses. Other components of Hard Rock’s beverage program include the brand’s original Hurricane cocktail served in a signature Hard Rock Hurricane souvenir glass, as well as Hard Rock’s signature Martini, Margarita, Pilsner and Shot glasses.

Award winners were selected by a panel of judges comprised of leading beverage professionals and members of the Cheers Beverage Conference team. As a category winner, Hard Rock International will be honored throughout the 2008 Cheers Beverage Conference and featured in the January/February issue of Cheers magazine.

About Hard Rock International
With 121 high-energy Hard Rock Cafes and eight Hotels/Casinos in 47 countries, Hard Rock International is one of the world’s most globally recognized brands. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. In addition to the two flagship Seminole Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Fla., Hard Rock Hotels/Casinos are located in Las Vegas, Biloxi, Orlando, Chicago, Pattaya and Bali, with San Diego scheduled to open later in 2007. Additional hotel and casino projects have been announced in Macau and Penang, both scheduled to open in 2009; and Palm Springs and Atlanta, both scheduled to open in 2010. Hard Rock International, Inc. is owned by Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Inc. For more information on Hard Rock, visit www.HardRock.com.
Posted on November 15, 2007 | Tags:

Orlando, FL – November 15, 2007 – Hard Rock International, in partnership with Tasameem Group, announces the development of Hard Rock Hotel Dubai – an international five-star hotel property within the Dubai Trade Centre District, an area poised to become the “Financial Centre” of Dubai. With the opening of Hard Rock Hotel Dubai, situated among one of Dubai’s most ambitious and strategically important commercial projects, Hard Rock continues a commitment to expand and diversify its global portfolio.

Hard Rock Hotel Dubai will be located in the most central part of the Dubai Trade Centre District along Sheikh Zayed Road, home to Dubai’s magnificent skyscrapers, including the Emirates Towers and the tallest building in the world, the Burj Dubai.  Hard Rock Hotel Dubai will be among the most coveted luxury hotel options in an area primed to rival the business centers of Singapore, New York and London.

“We are thrilled to be entering a world-class hotel with Tasameem Group,” says Trevor Horwell, Vice President, Hard Rock Hotels. “We place fundamental importance in aligning ourselves with such highly reputable partners. With Tasameem’s credentials and leadership we look forward to a successful project in the execution of the Groups’ vision.”             

Hard Rock Hotel Dubai will be part of a multimillion dollar project and will be designed to match the world's highest standards of architecture and environmental sustainability.  The entire centre will encompass 350 hotel rooms and suites, 100 serviced apartments, commercial offices and retail stores all within the 91 story skyscraper. 

Hard Rock Hotel Dubai guest rooms will be furnished to meet international five-star deluxe standards, incorporating Hard Rock’s tradition of providing luxury, quality service and amenities with a unique rock ‘n’ roll edge. The hotel will contain destination dining venues, all-day restaurants and high-energy bar locations, offering both locals and hotel guests a place to see and be seen.  The hotel will offer approximately 32,000 square feet of dedicated meeting and banquet space, as well as spa facilities featuring an extensive menu of spa treatments. The pool, a quintessential Hard Rock element, will be a focal arena for both music and relaxation and a social gathering place for high net worth individuals and glamour seekers alike.

"The Seminole Tribe of Florida, the parent company to Hard Rock International, takes great pride in announcing our partnership to develop the first Hard Rock Hotel in the UAE,” notes Mitchell Cypress, Chairman of Seminole Tribe of Florida. “Dubai has incredible upside as an international destination and we are excited to introduce our hotel product in this burgeoning city.”

The Hard Rock Hotel experience offers luxurious style and substance with a unique rock vibe designed to provide unforgettable experiences. Properties are ideally situated in destinations with unique character, tourist appeal and gateway cities. Hard Rock Hotels cater to the evolving and distinctive needs of today’s experienced, modern travelers, who seek a reprieve from traditional, predictable properties, whether for business or leisure travel.  For 10 years the Hard Rock Cafe Dubai has served visitors and locals at Interchange #5, Sheikh Zayed Rd.  The cafe will remain in its current location.

About Hard Rock International
With 121 high-energy Hard Rock Cafes and eight Hotels/Casinos in 47 countries, Hard Rock International is one of the world’s most globally recognized brands. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. In addition to the two flagship Seminole Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Fla., Hard Rock Hotels/Casinos are located in Las Vegas, Biloxi, Orlando, Chicago, Pattaya and Bali, with San Diego scheduled to open later in 2007. Additional hotel and casino projects have been announced in Macau, scheduled to open in 2009, and Palm Springs, scheduled to open in 2010. Hard Rock International, Inc. is owned by Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Inc. For more information on Hard Rock, visit www.hardrock.com

Posted on November 15, 2007 | Tags:
HARD ROCK TO DELIVER LUXURY HOSPITALITY OPTION TO "INSPIRE" THE CITY OF IMAGINATION
Orlando, FL – November 15, 2007 – Hard Rock International, in partnership with Tasameem Group, announces the development of Hard Rock Hotel Dubai – an international five-star hotel property within the Dubai Trade Centre District, an area poised to become the “Financial Centre” of Dubai. With the opening of Hard Rock Hotel Dubai, situated among one of Dubai’s most ambitious and strategically important commercial projects, Hard Rock continues a commitment to expand and diversify its global portfolio.

Hard Rock Hotel Dubai will be located in the most central part of the Dubai Trade Centre District along Sheikh Zayed Road, home to Dubai’s magnificent skyscrapers, including the Emirates Towers and the tallest building in the world, the Burj Dubai. Hard Rock Hotel Dubai will be among the most coveted luxury hotel options in an area primed to rival the business centers of Singapore, New York and London.

"We are thrilled to be entering a world-class hotel with Tasameem Group," says Trevor Horwell, Vice President, Hard Rock Hotels. "We place fundamental importance in aligning ourselves with such highly reputable partners. With Tasameem’s credentials and leadership we look forward to a successful project in the execution of the Groups’ vision."

Hard Rock Hotel Dubai will be part of a multimillion dollar project and will be designed to match the world's highest standards of architecture and environmental sustainability. The entire centre will encompass 350 hotel rooms and suites, 100 serviced apartments, commercial offices and retail stores all within the 91-story skyscraper.

Hard Rock Hotel Dubai guest rooms will be furnished to meet international five-star deluxe standards, incorporating Hard Rock’s tradition of providing luxury, quality service and amenities with a unique rock ‘n’ roll edge. The hotel will contain destination dining venues, all-day restaurants and high-energy bar locations, offering both locals and hotel guests a place to see and be seen. The hotel will offer approximately 32,000 square feet of dedicated meeting and banquet space, as well as spa facilities featuring an extensive menu of spa treatments. The pool, a quintessential Hard Rock element, will be a focal arena for both music and relaxation and a social gathering place for high net worth individuals and glamour seekers alike.

"The Seminole Tribe of Florida, the parent company to Hard Rock International, takes great pride in announcing our partnership to develop the first Hard Rock Hotel in the UAE," notes Mitchell Cypress, Chairman of Seminole Tribe of Florida. "Dubai has incredible upside as an international destination and we are excited to introduce our hotel product in this burgeoning city."

The Hard Rock Hotel experience offers luxurious style and substance with a unique rock vibe designed to provide unforgettable experiences. Properties are ideally situated in destinations with unique character, tourist appeal and gateway cities. Hard Rock Hotels cater to the evolving and distinctive needs of today’s experienced, modern travelers, who seek a reprieve from traditional, predictable properties, whether for business or leisure travel. For 10 years the Hard Rock Cafe Dubai has served visitors and locals at Interchange #5, Sheikh Zayed Rd. The cafe will remain in its current location.

. About Hard Rock International
With 121 high-energy Hard Rock Cafes and eight Hotels/Casinos in 47 countries, Hard Rock International is one of the world’s most globally recognized brands. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. In addition to the two flagship Seminole Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Fla., Hard Rock Hotels/Casinos are located in Las Vegas, Biloxi, Orlando, Chicago, Pattaya and Bali, with San Diego scheduled to open later in 2007. Additional hotel and casino projects have been announced in Macau, scheduled to open in 2009, and Palm Springs, scheduled to open in 2010. Hard Rock International, Inc. is owned by Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Inc. For more information on Hard Rock, visit www.HardRock.com.
Posted on November 13, 2007 | Tags:
Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Joss Stone and More Donate Previously Unreleased Tracks to Aid in the Fight Against Hunger and Poverty SERVE2 CD Available at HardRock.com and iTunes Music StoreBeginning November 13th

Orlando, Fla., November 13, 2007 – Hard Rock International differentiates itself with Rock, but philanthropy is the company’s soul. Hard Rock has remained true to its “Love All, Serve All” creed since the company’s founding in 1971 – a motto that can be heard or seen at every Hard Rock location around the world. Continuing its pledge to serving others, Hard Rock is proud to announce the launch of SERVE2 – a benefit compilation CD, featuring previously unreleased tracks from some of music’s most influential artists, including Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Joss Stone, KT Tunstall and more – to benefit WHY (World Hunger Year), a nonprofit organization that strives to fight against hunger and poverty in America and around the world. All net proceeds from SERVE2 will be donated directly towards Artists Against Hunger & Poverty (AAHP), a special artist-directed program of WHY – for which, Hard Rock has proudly raised more than $1 million to date. Beginning November 13th, SERVE2 will be available via HardRock.com and iTunes Music Store, and at all Hard Rock locations worldwide.

Joining Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and others in the fight against hunger and poverty, the SERVE2 CD features never-before-released tracks by a unique blend of major multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning and acclaimed recording artists like The Hold Steady, Mat Kearney, Brandi Carlile and more, as well as several bonus digital tracks. The songs are new, classic, electric or acoustic, and reflect the generosity of the artists that donated them to the project on behalf of serving those in need.

“We are honored to be partnering once again with Hard Rock and such great musicians for this effort,” said Bill Ayres, founder of WHY. “The generosity and time committed to SERVE2 has been tremendous, and we are overwhelmed by the support for the cause.”

Servin’ Up Some Rockin’ Charity . . .

Artist - Track Title
SERVE2: Physical Album (also available digitally):

  • Bruce Springsteen - “The Ghost of Tom Joad (Live in Dublin)”
  • KT Tunstall - “Heal Over (Live at Gaia Music, London)”
  • Bob Dylan - “The Ballad of Hollis Brown (Live at Carnegie Hall, 1963)”
  • Joss Stone - “Big Ol’ Game”
  • Jackson Browne - “Casino Nation (Live from Melbourne, Australia)”
  • Citizen Cope feat. Alice Smith - “107°”
  • Brandi Carlile - “The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Live from Boston)”
  • Marc Broussard - “Bring It On Home To Me” (Sam Cooke cover)
  • The Hold Steady - “Arms and Hearts”
  • *O.A.R. - “Dareh Meyod (Live at Madison Square Garden)”
  • Natasha Bedingfield - “Lay Down”
  • Mat Kearney - “Nothing Left to Lose” (Acoustic Version)
  • Ghosts - “Stay The Night”
  • Andrew W.K. - “This Is My World”
  • Bonus / Digital Tracks:

  • Toby Lightman - “Better (Live From Joe’s Pub)”
  • Sons of William - “Bell Bottom Blues” (Derek & the Dominos cover)
  • Hellogoodbye - “Baby It’s Fact (Live From New York, NY)”
  • Josh Rouse - “Start Again”
  • Jen Chapin - “You Haven’t Done Nothin’” (Stevie Wonder cover)
  • Eli Cook - “Man-Child”
  • Griffin House - “Love to Begin”


  • *Previously-released track

    One Million and Counting . . .
    To celebrate reaching the $1 million mark in funds raised for WHY, in addition to SERVE2, Hard Rock International will continue to offer its 21st Signature Series T-Shirt, inspired by Bruce Springsteen, and also launch a new commemorative limited-edition pin, to benefit WHY. The Bruce Springsteen Signature Series t-shirt and collectible pin feature a drawing of one of Bruce’s favorite guitars. The shirt is available in black in classic men’s sizes.

    “Hard Rock International possesses a social consciousness that benefits a number of charities and organizations, including World Hunger Year,” said Sean Dee, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Hard Rock International. “Hard Rock has actively supported World Hunger Year for years, raising more than $1 million to date, and we are proud to continue to support a great organization that envisions a world without hunger and poverty.”

    Beginning November 13th, 2007, all songs featured on the SERVE2 CD, as well as bonus tracks, will be available for download at HardRock.com and iTunes Music Store, and major online retail stores via The Orchard’s digital distribution network. In addition to Hard Rock’s Rock Shops throughout the world, the SERVE2 compilation, Bruce Springsteen Signature Series t-shirt and pin will also be available for sale through Hard Rock’s Web site, HardRock.com, and WHY’s Web site, www.worldhungeryear.org.

    “We applaud Hard Rock and the entire WHY team for their passion, commitment and dedication to harnessing the power of music to fight global poverty,” said Greg Scholl, President and Chief Executive of The Orchard. “We are proud to be a part of this project and to help spread the message of SERVE2 to fans around the world.”

    About WHY
    Founded in 1975, WHY (World Hunger Year) is a leader in the fight against hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world. WHY is convinced that solutions to hunger and poverty can be found at the grassroots level. WHY advances long-term solutions to hunger and poverty by supporting community-based organizations that empower individuals and build self-reliance, i.e., offering job training, education and after school programs; increasing access to housing and healthcare; providing microcredit and entrepreneurial opportunities; teaching people to grow their own food; and assisting small farmers. WHY connects these organizations to artists, funders, media and legislators. WHY is a not-for-profit registered 501(c)(3) organization founded by radio talk show host and present Executive Director Bill Ayres, and the late singer-songwriter Harry Chapin.

    About The Orchard
    The Orchard is a leading supplier and marketer of digital music and video to digital retailers and mobile operators throughout the world. The Orchard controls an unparalleled catalogue of music from thousands of artists and labels, encompassing all genres, eras, and regions. With localized marketing in 27 countries serving all major music territories, The Orchard designs global sales programs that are executed by local experts, who are knowledgeable about and sensitive to each country’s unique market dynamic. The Orchard functions as a true business partner with its clients by providing retail sales and marketing support, an extensive suite of online promotional programs, song placement, global royalty collection, global publishing administration, and in select cases, co-production investment capital. The Orchard also provides strategic media services to an impressive roster of digital retailers and leading consumer brands, ranging from publishing research, licensing and administration through comprehensive online and offline branding programs. The Orchard was founded in 1997 to provide independent artists and labels with broad and fair access to distribution. For more information, please visit us at www.theorchard.com.

    About Hard Rock International
    With 122 high-energy Hard Rock Cafes and eight Hotels/Casinos in 47 countries, Hard Rock International is one of the world’s most globally recognized brands. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. In addition to the two flagship Seminole Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Fla., Hard Rock Hotels/Casinos are located in Las Vegas, Biloxi, Orlando, Chicago, Pattaya and Bali, with San Diego scheduled to open later in 2007. Additional hotel and casino projects have been announced in Macau and Penang, both scheduled to open in 2009; and Palm Springs and Atlanta, both scheduled to open in 2010. Hard Rock International, Inc. is owned by Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Inc. For more information on Hard Rock, visit www.HardRock.com.

    Posted on November 08, 2007 | Tags:
    Melissa Etheridge Headlines Hollywood, Fla. Stop on Hard Rock International’s Global Concert Tour
    Orlando, Fla., November 8, 2007 – Hard Rock International is bringing its worldwide Ambassadors of Rock Tour to Hollywood, Fla.! On November 17, 2007, two-time Grammy® winner and multi-platinum recording artist Melissa Etheridge will take the stage at Hard Rock Live Hollywood, Fla., located in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, as part of Hard Rock’s global Ambassadors of Rock Tour. Etheridge will perform hits from her recently released album The Awakening, her first studio album in three years.

    Melissa Etheridge picked up her first guitar at the age of only eight and began playing in various cover bands soon after. Etheridge released her self-titled debut album in 1988, but it was her fourth release, Yes I Am, that would prove to be her massive commercial breakthrough. In her career, Etheridge has released 10 albums, with Melissa Etheridge, Yes I Am and Your Little Secret all going multi-platinum. Recently, Etheridge released The Awakening, her first studio album of new material in three years, which chronicles her life as a rock star, human rights activist, parent and cancer survivor.

    “Not only is Melissa Etheridge a legendary musician, but she is also a longtime friend of Hard Rock, a dedicated philanthropist, a breast cancer survivor and an inspiration to all – truly a global icon,” said Sean Dee, vice president and chief marketing officer, Hard Rock International. “We are proud to announce the addition of Melissa Etheridge to our Ambassadors of Rock Tour lineup.”

    Tickets for the performance are currently available at Hard Rock Live Hollywood, Fla.’s Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary and all seats are reserved.

    Rockin’ Around the Globe!
    For the second year, Ambassadors of Rock brings together Hard Rock Cafes, Live venues, Hotels and Casinos around the globe to help spread the universal language of rock. In addition to Melissa Etheridge in Hollywood, Fla., Hard Rock International chose an eclectic group of artists as part of Hard Rock’s 2007 Ambassadors of Rock Tour, including Aerosmith, Peter Gabriel and Crowded House in London; The All-American Rejects in Orlando, co-sponsored by Pepsi Smash; P!NK in Dubai; Jarabe de Palo in Madrid; Willie Nelson in New York; Zucchero in Mexico City; Toto in Buenos Aires; and Heaven and Hell in Tokyo, Nagoya and Singapore.

    Melissa Etheridge’s New Album The Awakening
    On September 25th, 2007, Melissa released her 9th studio album, THE AWAKENING. It has been described as a collection of powerful and playful yet confessional and engaging songs that are personal as well as universal. THE AWAKENING was co-produced with David Cole and recorded with her band: bassist Mark Browne, drummer Mauricio 'Fritz' Lewak, and guitarist Philip Sayce. Etheridge acknowledges that her 2004 breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment brought new perspective to her life and achievements and freed her to be so open on this album.

    For more information, please visit www.HardRock.com.

    About Hard Rock International
    With 122 high-energy Hard Rock Cafes and eight Hotels/Casinos in 47 countries, Hard Rock International is one of the world’s most globally recognized brands. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. In addition to the two flagship Seminole Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Fla., Hard Rock Hotels/Casinos are located in Las Vegas, Biloxi, Orlando, Chicago, Pattaya and Bali, with San Diego scheduled to open later in 2007. Additional hotel and casino projects have been announced in Macau and Penang, both scheduled to open in 2009; and Palm Springs and Atlanta, both scheduled to open in 2010. Hard Rock International, Inc. is owned by Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Inc. For more information on Hard Rock, visit www.HardRock.com.
    Posted on November 06, 2007 | Tags:
    Consumers Can Help "Feed a Child for a Year" With the Purchase of Hard Rock’s Limited-Edition Global Angels Merchandise
    Orlando, Fla., November 6, 2007 – This holiday season, Hard Rock International is inviting fans to become rock ‘n’ roll angels. Committed to its “Love All, Serve All” creed, Hard Rock International has dedicated the month of December to the welfare of children, helping to make the world a safer and kinder place for underprivileged kids worldwide. Hard Rock is proud to announce the launch of the “Feed a Child for a Year” program through its partnership with the Global Angels Foundation, an innovative international children’s charity, championing the needs of children around the world, founded by Molly Bedingfield, mother of singers/songwriters Natasha and Daniel Bedingfield.

    “We are pleased to further extend our relationship with Global Angels with the Feed A Child initiative,” said Hamish Dodds, President and CEO of Hard Rock International. “I have been fortunate to work with and see firsthand the passion and dedication Global Angels has for child relief projects around the world.”

    “We are honored to partner with Hard Rock and help to empower children across the globe,” said Molly Bedingfield, founder of Global Angels Foundation. “The generosity and time committed by all the Hard Rock staff and partners worldwide has been tremendous, and we are overwhelmed by the support for the cause.”

    STEP UP New York . . .
    Global Angels founder Molly Bedingfield enlisted the help of her biggest supporter for the cause – her daughter Natasha Bedingfield. On Tuesday, November 6th, Natasha Bedingfield, best known for her hit “Unwritten,” will kick off the international campaign, with a live performance at Hard Rock Cafe New York in Times Square.

    During the event, hosted by Bear Grylls, adventurer and star of Discovery Channel's “Man Vs. Wild,” guests will have the opportunity to pledge their support for Global Angels and STEP UP – literally – onto a Global Angels platform, where their pictures will be taken in front of the foundation’s signature angel wings, in exchange for a donation to the cause. All net proceeds from the STEP UP campaign will be donated directly to the Global Angels Foundation.

    STEP UP London . . .
    On November 27th, Natasha will also help spread the message overseas and take the stage at Hard Rock Cafe London, performing songs from her new album N.B. (scheduled for U.S. release on December 18th).

    STEP UP Mumbai . . .
    Hard Rock Cafe Mumbai will also host a Global Angels benefit, in partnership with Jubilee Action, scheduled for December 2007. Local artists will join guests from around the world to raise awareness and funds for local children’s charities in Mumbai. Located in a key long-term market for Hard Rock, the Mumbai franchise partner will host a dedicated performance, with local children as guests, as well as a high-caliber international concert to support Global Angels’ life-saving efforts. To see Global Angels and Hard Rock’s charitable work in the red light district of Mumbai, please visit www.hardrock.com/promo/GlobalAngels/Default.asp.

    Calling All Rock ‘n’ Roll Angels . . .
    Consumers can join Hard Rock and Global Angels and help “Feed a Child for a Year.” In addition to the STEP UP campaign, beginning November 4th, Hard Rock locations around the globe will offer “angelic” merchandise, including limited-edition bracelets, pins and teddy bears to benefit the Global Angels Foundation. These heavenly and beneficial items will be available for a limited time only, exclusively at Hard Rock’s Rock Shops and www.HardRock.com, including:

  • STEP UP Charity Bracelet – Accessorize fashionably and charitably. This light blue wristband is adorned with the heavenly message that “EVERYONE CAN BE AN ANGEL.” This must-have fashion item and statement also features the Global Angels Foundation and Hard Rock International logos. All proceeds benefit Global Angels.


  • Global Angels Pin – This limited-edition benefit pin features Global Angels’ signature pale blue angel, wings spread, floating above the Hard Rock International logo. A portion of proceeds benefits Global Angels.


  • Global Angels Framed Pin Set – This limited-edition pin set includes a letter of authenticity from Molly Bedingfield and Hamish Dodds stating what the pin means to the benefactors of the Global Angels Foundation and how the funds raised will be put to use. All proceeds benefit Global Angels.


  • Global Angels Holiday Bear – Cuddly and cute, this cherubic bear is built to fly with its fluffy, white angels wings. A portion of proceeds benefits Global Angels.


  • Funds raised through the STEP UP and “Feed a Child for a Year” programs will be directly donated to various charity organizations through Global Angels, including Comedores Infantiles, Costa Rica; Guludo, Mozambique; Jubilee Action, Mumbai, India; Teen Challenge, Mumbai, India; and Sunshine Center, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

    Angels Across the Globe . . .
    Members of The Global Angels International Advisory Board have researched, visited and chosen many dynamic projects that are making a very real difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of children in serious need in many countries, including Rwanda, Sudan, South Africa, Mozambique, Angola, Malawi, Kenya, Costa Rica, Cambodia and India. Orphaned children, as young as nine and 10 are the primary caregivers for younger siblings on several continents. When nutritional food, meeting 70% of a child's daily requirement, is included alongside education, many fathers will reconsider their options to solving family poverty and allow their children to attend school. This is especially true for young girls in extremely poor countries, where they may be married as young as 11 or 12, giving the family one less mouth to feed. Feeding programs are also the only way many street children will remain alive and healthy.

    About Global Angels Foundation
    Global Angels is an innovative international children’s charity championing the needs of children around the world. We have an ambitious vision to inspire millions of people from all circles and walks of life and influences, to replace their compassion by affirmative action and become ‘Angels’. We will be hosting an ongoing series of high-profile creative Global Angels concerts, events and television programs. Funds raised will support established, long-term development projects that are making a significant impact in the lives of children. Projects are being selected from the UK and every country across the globe. Global Angels promises that for every pound that we receive directly from public donation, every penny of that pound will go directly to support projects at a grass-roots level. For more information, please visit www.globalangels.org.

    About Hard Rock International
    With 122 high-energy Hard Rock Cafes and eight Hotels/Casinos in 47 countries, Hard Rock International is one of the world’s most globally recognized brands. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. In addition to the two flagship Seminole Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Fla., Hard Rock Hotels/Casinos are located in Las Vegas, Biloxi, Orlando, Chicago, Pattaya and Bali, with San Diego scheduled to open later in 2007. Additional hotel and casino projects have been announced in Macau and Penang, both scheduled to open in 2009; and Palm Springs and Atlanta, both scheduled to open in 2010. Hard Rock International, Inc. is owned by Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Inc. For more information on Hard Rock, visit www.HardRock.com.
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