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Posted on February 10, 2010 | Tags: ,

That's right, the brand new Hard Rock Cafe Seattle officially opened its door today! Believe us when we say that it is a truly gorgeous Cafe, from top to middle to bottom. The 14,000-square-foot cafe includes seating for 425, a vibrant bar and a Rock Shop featuring a wide array of Hard Rock’s limited-edition, highly-collectible merchandise. The aesthetic of Hard Rock Cafe Seattle follows a “Rustic Refined” design vision which articulates the energy and vibe of the Hard Rock brand. The Cafe also offers a new and unique memorabilia experience, with hundreds of iconic items commemorating Seattle’ vibrant music history on display, from Eddie Vedder’s acoustic guitar to Jimi Hendrix’s 1969 Fender Stratocaster guitar, from Krist Novoselic’s bass used while on tour with Nirvana to the doorway from Robert Lang Studios signed by many iconic Seattle bands.

hard rock cafe seattle, now open

If ever you needed another excuse to visit the Emerald City, here it is. If you live in Seattle or its surrounding area, here's your excuse to head downtown and experience something new, delish, and truly awesome. We'll see you there!

Posted on February 04, 2010 | Tags: , , , ,
The Who Signature Series to Benefit Leading Cancer Center City of Hope

More than 30 years ago, Eric Clapton, a regular customer at the original Hard Rock Cafe London, asked the staff if he could hang his guitar on the wall to mark his favorite bar stool as “his spot.”  They did, and one week later, a package from The Who’s Pete Townshend arrived with a guitar and a note bearing the message “Mine’s as good as his!  Love, Pete.”    

Orlando, Fla., February 5, 2010 – After legendary guitarist Pete Townshend donated his guitar to Hard Rock and helped to start the brand’s world-famous memorabilia collection, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and Super Bowl XLIV halftime performers The Who are once again making Hard Rock history. Hard Rock International is proud to announce the limited-edition The Who Signature Series: Edition XXVII, designed by Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, which will benefit the band’s chosen charity – City of Hope, a leading research, treatment and education center for cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Fifteen percent of the retail sales from The Who Signature Series: Edition XXVII T-shirts and pins will be donated to City of Hope.

The front of Hard Rock’s new Signature Series T-shirt features The Who’s famous logo and the timeless image of Pete Townshend swinging his arm “windmill-style” against his guitar strings, set atop a British flag. A backstage pass dangles from the neck of the navy blue T-shirt. The back of the shirt features the words “That’s Who” with an arrow leading from the “o” to the authentic signatures of Townshend and Daltrey. Offered in men’s sizes (S – XXL), Hard Rock’s The Who Signature Series T-shirt is now available online at www.hardrock.com and at Rock Shops at Hard Rock Cafes, Hotels and Casinos worldwide.

Roger and I have a rich history with Hard Rock International and it’s an honor to join some of music’s greatest legends for this important cause,” said Pete Townshend. “It’s amazing that our design on a T-shirt can literally help save lives.

Since it was established in 1971, Hard Rock International has been committed to a wide variety of philanthropic causes and activities around the world. Hard Rock developed the concept of partnering with world-renowned musicians and bands to create and donate imaginative designs, which are reproduced onto T-shirts, with a portion of the retail price benefitting the artist’s preferred charity. The Who joins a legendary roster of rock icons – from Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton and Bono, to Jon Bon Jovi, Shakira and John Lennon – to become part of Hard Rock’s Signature Series T-shirt program, which has helped to raise millions of dollars for charitable causes worldwide, such as WHY (World Hunger Year), Crossroads Centre Antigua, Fundación Pies Descalzos, Amnesty International and more.

The Who is truly one of the world’s most influential rock bands and an extremely significant part of Hard Rock’s history. Not only did Pete Townshend help to start Hard Rock’s memorabilia collection, but The Who headlined the first-ever Hard Rock Calling concert in London’s Hyde Park in 2006,” said Hamish Dodds, President and CEO, Hard Rock International. “We are honored to have The Who become part of Hard Rock’s renowned global Signature Series T-shirt program and show our support for City of Hope and its mission.

Located just outside Los Angeles, City of Hope is one of 40 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. City of Hope is recognized worldwide for its compassionate patient care, innovative science and translational research, which rapidly turns laboratory breakthroughs into promising new therapies.

The Who Signature Series: Edition XXVII, in collaboration with Hard Rock International and Doug Morris, chairman and chief executive officer of Universal Music Group, is a key fundraising program first announced at the 2008 Spirit of Life® event. The event honored Doug Morris for his outstanding contributions to the community, music industry and significant fundraising campaigns and his longtime support of City of Hope’s lifesaving research and treatments.

For more information, please visit www.hardrock.com.
 
About City of Hope
City of Hope is a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, the highest honor bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope's research and treatment protocols advance care throughout the nation. City of Hope is located in Duarte, Calif., just northeast of Los Angeles, and is ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in cancer and urology by U.S.News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics. To learn more about City of Hope, please visit www.cityofhope.org.  

About Hard Rock International

With a total of 162 venues in 52 countries, including 130 cafes and 12 Hotels/Casinos, 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, Bali, Macau and Penang.  Additional hotel and casino projects have been announced in: Singapore and Punta Cana, scheduled to open in 2010; Panama, scheduled to open in 2012; and Atlanta, Hungary, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, scheduled to open in 2013. Hard Rock International is owned by Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Inc. For further details on Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos, visit www.hardrockhotels.com. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.

Posted on February 03, 2010 | Tags:

Orlando, Florida, January 26, 2010 - Hard Rock International proudly announces the opening of Hard Rock Hotel Singapore. Launched with a ceremonial lion dance and ribbon-cutting, the luxurious, 360-room hotel is part of Resorts World Sentosa, a US $4.4 billion resort destination on Sentosa Island.

Opened in January 2010, the 49-hectare Resorts World Sentosa is Singapore’s first integrated family resort destination, complete with Southeast Asia’s first and only Universal Studios theme park, the world’s largest Marine Life Park, six unique hotels offering 1,800 rooms, more than 60 dining outlets and a casino.

Hard Rock properties offer stylish and contemporary design, unparalleled service and the thread that unites them all – music. The properties are situated in resort destinations with unique character and tourist appeal as well as in urban 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.

The highly anticipated Hard Rock Hotel Singapore is a welcome addition to the Hard Rock Hotel portfolio,” says Hamish Dodds, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hard Rock International.  “This development and our relationship with Genting Group and Resorts World complement Hard Rock Hotel’s expansion strategy in premier locations worldwide, and will serve as a perfect backdrop for the continued growth of Hard Rock’s portfolio.

The Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, a nearly $223 million venture, is one of six unique destination hotels at Resorts World Sentosa, which include Festive Hotel, Crockfords Tower, Hotel Michael, Equarius Hotel and Spa Villas. The hotel offers 360 keys (including nine suites and 351 rooms), modern conference facilities with 26 meeting rooms and Asia's largest column-free ballrooms with seating for 7,300 guests. Featuring the latest in audio-visual equipment, the ballroom will be an ideal venue for concerts, seminars, performances and banquets and can be further subdivided into smaller ballrooms or separate conference halls for more intimate affairs. The Rock Pool, a quintessential Hard Rock element, is a focal area for both music and relaxation, as well as a social gathering place.

The Hard Rock Hotel guest rooms incorporate Hard Rock’s tradition of providing luxury, quality service and amenities with a distinctive music edge. A retreat for chic jet-setters, Hard Rock Hotel Singapore is also the perfect family destination.  Deluxe twin rooms can accommodate up to five guests, with an extra pull-out bed for kids.

The hotel offers destination dining venues and high-energy bar locations providing both locals and hotel guests a place to see and be seen. Starz Restaurant, a stylish modern restaurant designed in contemporary style, offers a relaxing al fresco dining area overlooking the Rock Pool. Inspired by the healthy and energetic lifestyle of Singapore, the restaurant’s buffet-style dining with live cooking stations complements an A la Carte menu with the culinary flavors of Morocco, Europe, Middle East and Australia. The Rock Bar, located on the second level of the hotel, is a trendy lounge and bar complete with a DJ spinning rock and techno music. The menu features a selection of premium wines, liquors and champagnes, as well as Hard Rock’s famous cocktails. Finally, the award-winning Rang Mahal Group’s latest dining concept of Indian cuisine is housed at the Hard Rock Hotel Singapore. With the dining mood and decor inspired by the colorful celebrations of India using vivid colors and ethnic Indian instruments, the stylish restaurant pays tribute to “a celebration of Indian cuisine” with its menu highlighting classical Indian favorites as well as new, trendy dishes that embody the new generation of fusion flavors.

Chief Executive Officer of Resorts World Sentosa, Mr. Tan Hee Teck said, “We are excited to welcome our guests to the renowned Hard Rock Hotel in Singapore. As a family destination with two of Asia’s largest attractions, Universal Studios Singapore and the Marine Life Park, we believe that Hard Rock Hotel adds not only sizzle to our appeal, but excitement to accommodation options in the region.’’  

The Seminole Tribe of Florida is excited about the opening of our newest Hard Rock development in Southeast Asia,” noted Jim Allen, CEO of Seminole Gaming and Chairman of Hard Rock International. “It’s a testament to the brand that we have such incredible strategic partners and ample opportunity for global growth in emerging locations.

About Hard Rock International

With a total of 162 venues in 52 countries, including 130 cafes and 13 Hotels/Casinos, 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, Bali, Macau, Penang and Singapore.  Additional hotel and casino projects have been announced in Punta Cana, scheduled to open in 2010; Panama, scheduled to open in 2012; and Atlanta, Hungary, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, scheduled to open in 2013. Hard Rock International is owned by Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Inc. For further details on Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos, visit www.hardrockhotels.com.  For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.

About Resorts World Sentosa
Slated to be one of the world’s most exciting family destinations, Resorts World Sentosa is a collection of six hotels and attractions with fun-filled offerings for the entire family. Taking pride of place on Singapore’s Sentosa island and spanning 49 hectares, this S$6.59 billion (US$4.4 billion) destination will be home to Southeast Asia’s first and only Universal Studios theme park, the world’s largest Marine Life Park, a destination spa – ESPA and a designer casino decked with exciting gaming opportunities.  Six unique hotels complemented by creative meeting facilities, world-class shows and public entertainment, as well as celebrity dining and shopping options at FestiveWalk complete the experience. Resorts World at Sentosa began its phase opening with four hotels, on 20 January 2010.

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