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Posted on August 30, 2010 | Tags: , , ,

08.31: Van Morrison, he of moondancing and G-L-O-R-I-A fame, was born on this day in 1945. What a monumental talent, from his days fronting Them ("Baby Please Don't Go" and the classic "Gloria") to his world-conquering solo work ("Brown-Eyed Girl", "Into The Mystic", and, of course, "Moondance"), Mr. George Ivan Morrison still rocks our world today, selling out shows wherever he goes, showering his fans with awesomeness.

09.01: R.L. Burnside, the 78-year old blues veteran whom every music lover should know, died on this day in 2005. For real, seek out his burly, groovetastic, hill country blues. From his traditional, early work to his rock- and hip-hop-influenced '90s and '00s records, Burnside is a treasure.

Posted on August 27, 2010 | Tags:

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Posted on August 26, 2010 | Tags:

Orlando, Fla., August 11, 2010 – Hard Rock International is proud to announce a structural reorganization which recognizes and rewards outstanding achievement of its marketing team and their dedication to continued growth and expansion of the brand. Most notably, five members of the Hard Rock family have assumed new roles within the company.
The Cafe division will be led by Head of Global Marketing - Cafes, Brian Siemienas.  A 10-year veteran of the Hard Rock marketing team, Brian has been an integral part of numerous international and company-wide initiatives, most notably spearheading the global Ambassadors of Rock Tour.  In his new role, Brian will be responsible for leading the strategy and execution of marketing initiatives across all domestic and global cafes.  As a part of this move, Alex Merchan has been promoted to Senior Director of Marketing, focusing on Field Marketing efforts across North America.  Alex has previously played a vital role in evolving the Sales & Marketing approach in the East Region of the U.S.

Hard Rock International is also please to announce promotions within the brand’s sales and marketing division:  Elise Tedeschi will assume the role of Regional Marketing Manager – Eastern Division; Robert Barbieri has been named Regional Sales Manager – Eastern Division; and Tara Hippensteel has been named Regional Sales Manager - Western Division.

Previously overseeing the helm at Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta as Senior Sales & Marketing Manager, Elise has 15 years of marketing, promotions and event experience, including almost seven years in sales and marketing roles with Hard Rock.  Elise has served as a leader within the Eastern Division, spearheading various regional initiatives and will remain based in Atlanta to support the area operations and daily activation of marketing-related initiatives for all Eastern cafes.

Robert Barbieri of Toronto, a proven sales performer and collaborative team leader, will assume the role of Regional Sales Manager - Eastern Division.  Robert brings more than 20 years experience in the hospitality industry, including nearly 10 years in Sales and Marketing roles for the Hard Rock brand. 

Tara Hippensteel of Chicago, a seasoned professional, will assume the role of Regional Sales Manager - Western Division. Tara has over 9 years of industry experience and including seven years in sales & marketing roles with Hard Rock Cafe.
In their new roles, both Robert and Tara will assist in the daily activation of sales-related initiatives. They will work closely with their regional teams to develop, communicate and execute strategy and tactics to drive guest visitation.

We continue to strengthen our team with new leadership.  This promises to ramp up brand visibility and awareness as we prepare to celebrate our 40th Anniversary,” said John Galloway, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Hard Rock International.  

About Hard Rock International
With a total of 168 venues in 52 countries, including 133 cafes and 14 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 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 or www.facebook.com/hardrockhotels. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com or www.facebook.com/hardrock.

Posted on August 26, 2010 | Tags: , ,

Hard Rock Cafe Yankee Stadium, the New York Yankees, and an incredible organization called Beautiful People recently teamed up for an afternoon of sports, food, and good times. Beautiful People envisions "a community sports organization that would enable joy, inspire hope, and fulfill dreams among children with disabilities and their families." Working towards a day when the organization will provide a fully accessible ballpark for kids with special needs, giving them the same chances as other kids, Beautiful People and The Yankees made sure that those kids had a day full of the baseball experience, from hitting a fast ball to rounding the bases, from hot dogs to hamburgers.

Posted on August 23, 2010 | Tags:

08.23: On this day in 1962, John Lennon married Cynthia Powell, his first wife, in Liverpool after learning that she was pregnant with their one and only child, Julian. The couple divorced six years later when Yoko Ono entered the picture, eventually becoming his second wife. And, no, Yoko neither broke up John's first marriage nor The Beatles. All of that happened for reasons way beyond any one person's abilities.

08.23: Keith Moon, The Who's drummer extraordinaire, entered the world on this day in 1946. During his short life (all of 32 years) he became, and is still considered, one of the best drummers in the music world. Just a teen when he joined the band, Moon played on all of The Who's albums from 1965 to 1978, when Who Are You came out two weeks before his untimely death from a drug overdose. The candle that burns twice as bright....

Posted on August 19, 2010 | Tags: ,

Sure, you've seen Neil Young play with Crazy Horse, his stellar backing band for the last forty years, and you may have seen him play with his old pals Crosby Still & Nash, but have you ever seen him play a solo gig? Okay, hotshot, have you ever seen him play a solo gig as part of Hard Rock's Ambassadors Of Rock Tour? Only if you were lucky enough to be at Hard Rock Calling last year in London's Hyde Park, when Mr. Young busted out The Beatles "A Day In The Life" while Sir Paul McCartney backed him up on vocals. Yeah, it was pretty superb.

Well, now you've got another chance to catch Neil Young, as he joins Ambassadors Of Rock, Hard Rock's global concert series featuring top artists and bands, at Hard Rock Live Hollywood, FL, on Sept. 23 for what is sure to be a sold-out show, full of classics, seldom-heard B-sides, and a smattering of covers done only the way Uncle Neil can. That is, awesomely.

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Posted on August 18, 2010 | Tags:

Whether you’re new to the city or a seasoned veteran – you know Chicago has an amazing nightlife scene. Let Hard Rock Hotel Chicago get your night off to a Hard Rock-style start with insider access to various clubs and bars throughout the city. What better way to rock this town than by heading to a jazz bar, blues club, or dancing the night away in one of Chicago’s hottest spots?

With this package enjoy drink specials, VIP entrance, waived cover, and other special privileges at some of Chicago’s best hot spots. See list below for example inclusions (subject to change). 

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Package Includes:

  • Kingston Mines Blues Club - $3 off regular cover charge special events excluded 
  • En-clave - Complimentary admission and one complimentary drink 
  • The Joynt Jazz Lounge - No wait entry and complimentary admission 
  • The Back Room Music Lounge - Complimentary admission for two two for one Friday and Saturday 
  • Manor Night Club - No wait service and complimentary admission 
  • Howl at the Moon - Complimentary admission for two 
  • Pops for Champagne - Two For One Cover Charge 
  • Y, Sound Bar and Crescendo - Complimentary admission and no wait service for the group only valid for use at one venue 

Posted on August 16, 2010 | Tags:

08.16: On this day in 1958, the face of pop culture ushered in one of its more flamboyant icons, when Madonna Louise Ciccone was born in Bay City, Michigan. If you don't know who that is, then you really don't know much about the last 25 years of popular music and culture. Not that that's a bad thing, just that you must've had your head in the sand or something.

08.16: On this day in 1962, The Beatles went a different direction, ousting then-drummer Pete Best in favor of one Ringo Starr, which proved to be the beginning of a beautiful relationship. They had a couple of hits together.

Posted on August 16, 2010 | Tags: ,

HRC Dubai is now open! Please click here to see the press release.

Orlando, Fla., August 16, 2010 – Hard Rock International announced today that the brand’s preeminent Hard Rock Cafe location in the UAE – Hard Rock Cafe Dubai – will relocate after 11 successful years on Sheikh Zayed Rd.  Scheduled to reopen in October 2010, Hard Rock Cafe Dubai will be located at Festival Centre, Dubai Festival City’s award-winning shopping and leisure precinct. 

The new 26,400-square-foot Dubai cafe will include spacious seating for more than 300 guests, a vibrant bar, a convertible live music space, a 2,500-square-foot Rock Shop featuring Hard Rock’s limited-edition merchandise and rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia from Hard Rock’s legendary collection. Not to be content with the sheer magnitude of the cafe’s size, this Hard Rock will also include an iconic 118-foot guitar, which is anticipated to be the largest in the world and will be submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records®. With state-of-the-art facilities and a dynamic design, Hard Rock Cafe Dubai is sure to become one of the city’s premier dining and entertainment destinations, complementing the city’s vibrant music scene. 

Posted on August 11, 2010 | Tags: , ,

Rock stalwarts Hoobastank recently filled Hard Rock Cafe Bali and Hard Rock Cafe Jakarta with a thousand of their closest Balinese and Jakartan fans for two intimate acoustic sets. Best known for their 2004 hit "The Reason," Hoobastank rocked the stage with their high energy and extensive set list. From "Crawling In The Dark" to "Running Away," from "If I Were You" to "Inside You," the crowd sang along, screamed along, and some, the die hards, even cried along, swept up the moment. It happens. Believe us, we've been there with plenty a band.

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