Stone Temple Pilots will reunite to deliver the best of their hard-driving, yet, melodic hits on August 20 at 7 p.m. at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Tickets are on sale now.
Since the moment they appeared on the scene in the early 90's, Stone Temple Pilots (STP) dominated the decade from start to finish, racking up 15 singles on the Billboard Top Ten, winning a "Best Hard Rock Performance" Grammy in 1994 for "Plush," and having their five albums sell more than 35 million copies worldwide. Of all their peers, STP, alone, has sustained commercial success, earning greater critical acclaim with each release, building a body of work that remains popular and its enduring acclaim has only highlighted the absence of the band, who quietly went their separate ways after the turn-of the millennium release of Shangri-La Dee Da.
STP founders Scott Weiland and Robert DeLeo met at a Black Flag concert in Long Beach, California, discovering in the course of their conversation that the two were dating the same girl. Instead of sparking a rivalry, this common ground was the foundation of a friendship and new band - Mighty Joe Young. Drummer Eric Kretz and DeLeo’s brother, Dean, came aboard not long after. Soon, the group established themselves as a draw in San Diego and changed their name to Stone Temple Pilots during the recording of their 1992 debut album, Core.
Core was a bracing blend of grunge guitars, classic rock moves and big pop hooks. At first, the ironic swagger of "Sex Type Thing" brought them onto MTV and radio, but it was "Plush" that blew the doors wide open for the band, establishing them as multi-platinum act in 1993. A pair of subsequent singles was released -- "Wicked Garden" and the spooky, acoustic "Creep" -- before they delivered Purple in 1994. A large, eager fan base snatched Purple up upon its opening week, sending it to # 1 but Purple wasn't a one-week wonder, it grew as the record spun off hit after hit: first there was the majestic, cryptic "Big Empty," taken from The Crow soundtrack and "Vasoline," which was followed by the modern rock classic "Interstate Love Song," that stayed on the top of Billboard's Album Rock charts for 15 weeks, besting the record set by the Rolling Stones' "Start Me Up. "
Not content to continue to replicate the heavy hooks of their first two albums, Stone Temple Pilots dug deep into glam and Beatleseque psychedelia on their third album, 1996's Tiny Music...Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop, which produced hits "Big Bang Baby," tightly-wound "Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart" and "Lady Picture Show." The band then regrouped for 1999's tough, muscular No. 4, a hard rock album that nevertheless had a wistful highlight in "Sour Girl," which turned into one of STP's biggest hits. Two years later, the group released Shangri-La Dee Da, which achieved a perfect blend of their thick riffs and candy melodies, typified by the hit "Days of the Week."
Stone Temple Pilots went their separate ways after Shangri-La Dee Da, leaving the question of a reunion hanging in the air. A greatest hits album called Thank You in 2003 only reminded fans that all great bands have a certain magic that is attained when the original lineup comes together to play, something Stone Temple Pilots will prove this summer when they reunite for this long-awaited tour.
Tickets cost $99, $82, $62 & $47. *All seats are reserved and available at the Hard Rock Live Box Office, open Monday – Saturday from noon to 7pm and on Sunday – only open on event days at noon. Tickets also are available at all Ticketmaster outlets online at www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone: Miami-Dade (305) 358-5885, Broward (954) 523-3309, and Palm Beach (561) 966-3309. Doors open one-hour prior to show start time. *Additional fees may apply.
The Lexus Style Villa Sports Presents the Power of h Gala, an entertainment event celebrating the brand’s hybrid philosophy, will debut in San Diego on June 14. The invitation-only soiree coincides with the U.S. Open and features an experiential pre-fabricated Lexus Hybrid Living home on the rooftop of the Hard Rock Hotel.
The Lexus Style Villa Sports event is part of the brand’s “power of h” initiative, which is Lexus’ campaign to increase awareness of its position as the only luxury automaker with low-emission hybrid vehicles. The event focal point is the pre-fabricated Lexus Hybrid Living home on the Hard Rock Hotel’s rooftop. It incorporates Lexus’ Hybrid Living partners who define and inspire a new eco-luxury. The space reinforces the concept that with technology and innovation, we can create products that support the philosophy that a conscientious lifestyle and luxury are not mutually exclusive.
“The Lexus Style Villa Sports event will be the hot ticket during the U.S. Open tournament weekend,” states Dave Nordstrom, vice president of marketing for Lexus. “The event gives us the opportunity to showcase our hybrid vehicles through the ‘power of h’ in an engaging way and bring a Hollywood style, red carpet event to golf. We’re excited to provide this unique element to the weekend, where we are already involved as the automotive partner of the United States Golf Association.”
In addition to the Lexus Hybrid Living elements, Callaway Golf will turn the luxurious Hard Rock pool into a putting and chipping experience, while Full Swing Golf will have a full-size simulator on site. Cocktails will be provided by Ketel One Vodka and VeeV, the newest addition to the Hybrid Living portfolio and the world’s first Acai spirit.
Style Villa Sports is a joint venture between Peter Jacobsen Sports (PJS) and event marketing specialists Miami Marketing Group (MMG). The company’s mission is to bring high profile entertainment experiences to major sporting events throughout the year. Ed Kiernan (PJS) and Brian Gordon (MMG) conceptualized partnership in 2007 and plan to roll out 4-6 concepts by 2009 including major events in Tampa at Super Bowl, in Louisville for the Kentucky Derby, in New York for the 2009 U.S. Open and in Miami surrounding the culmination of the NASCAR season.
The Lexus Style Villa Home was created by Marmol Radzinor Prefab, manufacturer of easy-to- customize green and modern homes. They are built in the company’s factory and shipped complete with the choice of interior and exterior finishes, flooring, appliances, and more. Marmol Radzinor Prefab creates prefab homes with the environment in mind. Their modules are made from recycled steel and include other green materials such as recycled denim insulation, FSC-certified wood, low VOC Green Seal paint, solar panels, Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), Energy Star-rate appliances, and more. Floor-to-ceiling windows capture natural light, while expansive decks provide shade for passive cooling and promote the best of indoor/outdoor living.
Legendary Music icon Ringo Starr presents his unique artistic vision with an art show at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino from Saturday, June 27 to Sunday, June 6. The art show will feature limited edition works all created and individually hand-signed by the former Beatle, and all Ringo’s proceeds will go to benefit the Lotus Foundation.
The showcase will take place in the alcove inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, across from the Hard Rock Cafe. Approximately 40 pieces of art will be on exhibit and available for sale from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. each day. For a limited time, the exhibit and sale will be open to the public to both view and purchase this vibrantly inspired collection of Pop Art.
Ringo Starr, one of the world’s most prolific musicians, began to create art while on tour with his All Starr Band in the late 90s. The Pop Art collection is titled, “Abstract Face'” and aptly describes the art he creates. The theme of his boldly colored artwork often depicts a face, a mood or otherwise light-hearted and whimsical in concept –much like Ringo himself.
Live and in person on July 3, Ringo Starr, the former drummer for the world’s most famous rock band, The Beatles, will be performing at Hard Rock Live with his All Starr Band featuring Colin Hay, Billy Squier, Hamish Stuart, Edgar Winter, Gary Wright and Greg Bissonette. Art collectors who purchase $2,950 or more art at the show will be given two tickets to attend his concert at Hard Rock Live on July 3 and be invited to an exclusive VIP Reception with Ringo Starr prior to the show. Tickets for the concert are on sale now via ticketmaster.com.
For more information on the VIP Reception and exhibition, please call 888-513-8385.
Intimate 590-Seat Music Hall Launches with “Classic Albums Live”
Recreation Concert Series
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will unveil Paradise Live, its newest entertainment venue, on June 18 at 7:30 p.m. Classic Albums Live will give its first performance at the grand opening beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale Friday, June 13 at 2 p.m.
Paradise Live, located in the space formerly occupied by Paradise Theater (between Spirits night club and Pangaea), will offer music lovers a smaller, more intimate, yet powerful state-of-the-art sound experience within its 590-seat theater-style seating music hall.
The grand opening celebration of Paradise Live will kick-off with “Classic Albums Live.” “Classic Albums Live” is a Toronto-based concert series featuring some of the best musicians in the world who lovingly recreate some of rock and roll’s most legendary musical masterpieces in their entirety - note for note, cut for cut in order on the album and including all of the effects and nuances that elevated it to greatness. What “Classic Albums Live” is not… is impersonators or a cover band. Sonic authenticity is their claim to fame.
“All of our energy is put into the music,” says Classic Albums Live series creator Craig Martin. “We don’t wear costumes or jump around stage. We just perform the music to perfection. This music is sacred and we pay it the ultimate respect.”
Paradise Live with shows featuring “Classic Albums Live” will offer guests a unique and memorable experience distinct from any other music entertainment available. With tickets priced at only $20 per show, Paradise Live will be the best value for music entertainment in South Florida.
“Classic Albums Live will be a classic addition to Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment,” said Bernie Dillon, Sr. V.P. of Entertainment at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. “They are amazing musicians and vocalists presenting some of the most incredible music of our time. With the intimacy of Paradise Live and the best sound system in the world, seeing Classic Albums Live at Paradise Live is far and away the best valued entertainment in South Florida. Close your eyes and you will think you are listening to the album’s live.”
The “Classic Albums Live” concert series will run through October 11, 2008 at Paradise Live and feature:
June 18 - 21 & 26 – 28 Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon
July 3 - 5 & 10 – 12 Led Zeppelin’s Led Zeppelin II
July 17 - 19 & 24 – 26 Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours
July 31 – Aug. 2 AC/DC’s Back in Black
Aug. 7 - 9 & 14 – 16 Jimi Hendrix “Are you Experienced” & Janis Joplin “Pearl”
Aug. 21 - 23 & 28 – 30 Led Zeppelin’s Led Zeppelin IV
Sept. 4 - 6 & 11 – 13 The Beatles’ Abbey Road
Sept. 18 - 20 & 25 - 27 The Doors’ The Doors
Oct. 2 - 4 & 9 – 11 The Eagles’ Hotel California
Tickets cost $20 for individual seats and $100 for booths (four seats).* All individual seats are general admission and booths are reserved and available at the Hard Rock Live Box Office prior to the show, open Monday – Saturday from noon to 7p.m. and on Sunday – only open on event days at noon. Tickets are available the night of the show at the Paradise Live box office one hour prior to the show. Tickets also are available at all Ticketmaster outlets online at http://www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone: Miami-Dade (305) 358-5885, Broward (954) 523-3309, and Palm Beach (561) 966-3309. Doors open one-hour prior to show start time. *Additional fees may apply.
The first legal games of Blackjack and other card games in Florida will be played on Sunday, June 22 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. In addition to Blackjack, the Seminole Hard Rock will unveil Baccarat, Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Let it Ride and Three Card Poker. 71 new tables for Blackjack and other games are currently being installed at the Seminole Hard Rock as part of a major redesign and upgrade of the casino floor.
Blackjack and the other new card games are expected to attract hundreds of thousands of new players to Florida's Seminole Casinos, thanks to a compact agreement signed by Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Seminole Chairman Mitchell Cypress in November, 2007. The compact was approved by the U.S. Department of the Interior in January of this year, when it became law. At that time, the Tribe made an initial $50 million payment to the State of Florida, part of the $100 million due to State in the first year of the compact.
Since then, the Seminole Tribe has made ongoing monthly payments to the State of Florida, while introducing Las Vegas-style slot machines at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos in Hollywood and Tampa, as well as at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and the original Seminole Casino Hollywood, the birthplace of Indian Gaming. Las Vegas-style slots will be unveiled June 12 at the Seminole Casino Immokalee, near Naples, and June 16 at the Seminole Casino Brighton, northwest of Lake Okeechobee.
"With the introduction of Blackjack and the other card games, Las Vegas-style casinos will now be at the doorstep of the residents of Florida,” said James Allen, Seminole Gaming CEO. “Floridians won’t have to go to Las Vegas or Atlantic City to play their favorite casino games.”
“This is a first for the State of Florida and will capture the attention of visitors looking for gaming,” said Nikki Grossman, President of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau."
The redesign of the casino at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood includes the installation of seven new olive wood trellises, which will make the areas for Blackjack and other table games more intimate and elegant. The trellises radiate out from the Seminole Hard Rock's Casino Center Bar. Of the 71 new tables, 55 will be initially dedicated to Blackjack, six to Three Card Poker, three to Pai Gow Poker, three to Let it Ride, two to Baccarat and two to Mini-Baccarat.
More than 700 Blackjack dealers, supervisors and others have been hired in advance of the launch of Blackjack and other card games at the Seminole Hard Rock, but more dealers are needed to staff Blackjack tables at the other Seminole casinos. For more information, visit http://www.workhardrock.com/. Blackjack and other card games will be launched at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa late in 2008. No dates have been announced for the launch of Blackjack at the other Seminole Casinos. In addition to hiring trained dealers, the launch of Blackjack requires additional equipment and casino floor space.
Blackjack and other card game players at Seminole Casinos must be 21 years old. If you, or someone you know has a gambling problem, please call 1-888-ADMIT-IT.
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