Posted on April 17, 2009 | Tags:
Event to Feature Performance by DJ Cristiano Spiller
Orlando, Fla., April 17, 2009 – Venice's historic St. Mark’s Square will be rockin' on Monday, April 27th, when Hard Rock International celebrates the Grand Opening of its newest cafe with an exclusive VIP cocktail party hosted by critically acclaimed Venetian DJ and producer DJ Spiller.

In addition to an unforgettable performance, the V.I.P. grand opening celebration will include a star-studded red carpet and guitar smash – Hard Rock style, led by the Honorable vice-Mayor of Venice, Michele Vianello to commemorate rock history. The event will also feature appearances by representatives of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, owners of Hard Rock International, including Max Osceola, Jr., Councilman for the Tribe; Hamish Dodds, President and CEO of Hard Rock International; Hard Rock Goodwill Ambassador and Legendary Waitress Rita Gilligan; local celebrities La Mani, Piero Pelu and more.

The event will benefit The Regional Centre of Civil Protection – Abruzzo Earthquake, an organization that is currently supporting families and victims affected by the devastation of the recent Italian earthquake.

Hard Rock Cafe Venice (Historic Piazza San Marco)
Hard Rock Cafe Venice officially opened its new location at Bacino Orseolo 1192 San Marco in the historic Piazza San Marco area on April 9, 2009. Located in what is known as the city’s "central gathering place," the Venice cafe is poised to become one of the area's premier dining and entertainment venues, with 350 square meters of space over two floors, a 120-seat restaurant, vibrant bar, Rock Shop featuring Hard Rock's limited-edition merchandise and a beautiful view of the main Gondola meeting point.

Memorabilia from Hard Rock's iconic collection adorns the walls of Hard Rock Cafe Venice complementing an interior design which preserves the historic Venetian feel of the space. A patterned terrazzo floor and a red Murano glass chandelier, handmade for Hard Rock, adhere to Italian tradition. The second floor dining room is set beneath a domed Venetian plaster ceiling with dramatic uplighting, while the mezzanine dining area is surrounded by custom patterned uplit handrails to provide dramatic views of the canals below. The Venice cafe is the second Hard Rock Cafe in Italy, joining the successful Rome location, which opened in 1998.

About DJ Spiller
Cristiano Spiller, a 6'9" Venetian DJ/producer, has been making a noise around the world since his hit single, Laguna's "Spiller From Rio." The Latin-flavored house track swiftly became a club anthem and made it into the top ten on the Billboard dance charts. Not long after, Spiller applied his golden touch as a producer to tunes by high-profile artists such as Bob Sinclar ("I Feel for You"), Gloria Gaynor ("Reunion"), Run-D.M.C. ("My Funky Valentine"), and Smoke City ("Numbers"). In 1999 he again set the clubs alight with another house single, "Batacuda" -- a new take on Marcos Valle's original. The following year he became one of the best-known Italian musicians thanks to his next single "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)." Named after a Miami nightclub, the widely acclaimed disco house track was initially a moderately successful instrumental, but exploded in popularity after injected it with the vocals of the U.K.'s Sophie Ellis-Bextor (formerly of the alternative group the Audience). Along with "Modjo's Lady," "Groovejet" was arguably the biggest club tune of the year and won the top spot on singles and dance charts in many countries.

About Hard Rock International
With 125 high-energy Hard Rock Cafes and nine Hotels/Casinos in 49 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, Atlanta and Panama, scheduled to open in 2010; Dubai, scheduled to open in 2011; and Abu Dhabi, scheduled to open in 2012. Hard Rock International, Inc. 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 April 15, 2009 | Tags:
Event to Feature Performances by The Charlatans and Fun Lovin' Criminals
Orlando, Fla., April 15, 2009 – Prague’s historic Old Town Square will be rockin’ on Wednesday, April 29th, when Hard Rock celebrates the Grand Opening of the Czech Republic’s first-ever Hard Rock Cafe! The event, hosted by Ondrej Hejma of popular Czech band Žlutý pes, will feature a live performance by Fun Lovin' Criminals followed by headliner and British pop legends The Charlatans, who will be playing some of the band's infamous 90s anthems from an impressive repertoire of 10 studio albums.

"I am delighted that The Charlatans have been invited to open Europe's newest Hard Rock Cafe and in such a great city!” says Tim Burges, lead singer of The Charlatans. "The entire band is looking forward it."

In addition to unforgettable performances, the V.I.P. grand opening celebration will include a star-studded red carpet and Epiphone guitar smash led by Pavel Bém, the Honorable Mayor of Prague to commemorate rock history. The event will also feature appearances by representatives of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, owners of Hard Rock International, including Max Osceola, Jr., Councilman for the Tribe; Hamish Dodds, President and CEO of Hard Rock International; Hard Rock Goodwill Ambassador and Legendary Waitress Rita Gilligan; local celebrities and more.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Jaroslav Ježek School, which facilitates complex care and education for blind children and youngsters, including teaching them special skills that help in improving their independence and self-reliance in order to better equip them for life. Hard Rock will be donating 10 brand new Epiphone Guitars to the school to facilitate their music education program.

The Czech Republic’s First Hard Rock Location
Hard Rock Cafe Prague officially opened its new location in the historic V.J. Rott Building, a Unesco World Heritage site, on April 3, 2009. Located amongst the most exciting and visited sights in the Old Town Square, the 1,900-square-meter Prague cafe boasts three-levels, including two vibrant bars and a Rock Shop featuring Hard Rock's limited-edition merchandise.

Memorabilia from Hard Rock's iconic collection adorns the walls of Hard Rock Cafe Prague complemented by a five-meter custom-made crystal guitar, which hangs suspended from the ceiling. The Prague cafe collection will feature items from many of the world’s most beloved and recognizable musicians, such as the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin and many more. Additional key memorabilia items from contemporary artists on display include jeans worn by U2’s Bono, Radiohead’s Ibanez electric guitar, Gwen Stefani’s feather boa and a custom painted Oasis guitar. The Prague cafe is the first Hard Rock Cafe location in the Czech Republic.

About Fun Lovin’ Criminals
Fun Lovin’ Criminals’ blend of hip hop beats, alternative style, bluesy rhythms and good humored swagger has endeared them to many and garnered a loyal fan base. Born out of the New York club scene in 1993, "FLC" (as they’re referred to by fans) have always straddled a variety of genres - everything from rock, hip hop, jazz and even lounge - with aplomb. Their eclectic style has seen them become a firm festival favourite and a multi Platinum and Gold act in the UK and Europe. Indeed "Scooby Snacks", "King of New York" and "Loco" have become classic FLC hits and festival anthems.

Although natives of New York City, Fun Lovin' Criminals have been embraced by fans in the UK, Ireland and Europe abroad. The year 2009 will see Fun Lovin' Criminals performing at major festivals across Europe as well as the release of their much anticipated new album.

About The Charlatans
The Charlatans formed in 1989 and first tasted chart success with their second single "The Only One I Know," which hit the Top 10 the following year. They have since gone on to establish themselves as a major force in the British music scene, enjoying nine Top 10 albums (including three number ones) and twenty-two Top 40 singles to date.

The band headlined the second stage at last year's 2008 Ambassadors of Rock Hard Rock Calling Festival and launched the brand's Road to Hard Rock Calling series in London last April. The Charlatans are set to headline the Big Top at this year’s Isle of Wight festival in June.

About Hard Rock International
With 125 high-energy Hard Rock Cafes and nine Hotels/Casinos in 49 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, Atlanta and Panama, scheduled to open in 2010; Dubai, scheduled to open in 2011; and Abu Dhabi, scheduled to open in 2012. Hard Rock International, Inc. 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 April 09, 2009 | Tags:

Who said that a spring or summer break has to break the bank? Explore the art, architecture, food and culture that makes Chicago a world-class city.  Whether a plane, train, or automobile ride away from the Magnificent Mile, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago has the escape you deserve this season.

Staycation package includes:

  • Luxury accommodations
  • 2 Adler Planetarium Tickets
  • 2 General Admission Art Institute of Chicago
  • 2 Sears Tower Skydeck Tickets
  • One large bag of world-renowned Garrett's popcorn
  • One disposable camera
  • “Insider” collection of coupons, freebies, and discounts for dining, local attractions, nightlife

Click here to learn more and book your room right now. 

 
Posted on April 03, 2009 | Tags:

This year's Hard Rock Calling, taking place on June 26th-28th, just keeps getting better and better, with the announcement that The Killers will be headlining the first day of the three-day festival. Opening for The Killers will be Brighton's The Kooks!

This year's Hard Rock Calling is gonna be off the chain, with the announcements that Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Neil Young, Fleet FoxesDave Matthews Band, Ben Harper & Relentless7The Pretenders, Seasick Steve, and The Gaslight Anthem are all playing the festival, too.

With more band announcements coming soon, Hard Rock Calling is the place to be this summer.

Check back at www.hardrock.com for future band announcements. You can also purchase tickets to Hard Rock Calling by going to www.hardrockcalling.co.uk.  

The best part is you can see it in person as part of our Ambassadors Of Rock Sweepstakes, where you can win trips around the world. Not only can you win a trip to London, but the you can win three(!) more trips to the Ambassadors Of Rock tour stops of your choice. Last year's grand prize winner hit up shows in Buenos Aires, Singapore, and Tokyo. Not bad for just entering your name in a sweepstakes. Click here to enter the sweepstakes right now.

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Posted on April 03, 2009 | Tags:
Hard Rock International and City of Dreams today announced that Mr. Jacky Cheung will become the first Chinese Superstar to join the league of internationally renowned artists donating to the Hard Rock Memorabilia Collection. Some of the star's most important items from throughout his music career will be exhibited at the Hard Rock Hotel at City of Dreams, an integrated entertainment resort set to become the "must experience" destination in Macau.

Mr. Cheung said he was particularly honoured to be the first Chinese Superstar to be featured in the Hard Rock Memorabilia Collection. "Being a part of Hard Rock's renowned memorabilia is a significant recognition of an artist's achievement," he said. "This honour does not belong just to myself. It is also a recognition of the dedication and talents of all Chinese artists around the world."

Posted on April 03, 2009 | Tags:

Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando's 2009 "Velvet Sessions" series continues in April with alternative rock band Gin Blossoms performing hits "Learning The Hard Way," "Long Time Gone," "Til I Hear It From You," "Follow You Down" and more.

Velvet Sessions is Hard Rock Hotel’s special rock 'n' roll cocktail party and lobby concert held the last Thursday of the month.

Visit VelvetSessions.com and get on the list to reserve your ticket and receive monthly updates on who’s playing.

A $25 ticket includes: free specialty drinks, finger foods and warm-up tunes from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Cash bars and live band from 8:30 p.m. onward. Parking is complimentary for those attending Velvet Sessions.

Velvet Sessions is a 21 and older event.

WHEN:
Thursday, April 30, 2009
6:30 p.m.

WHERE:
Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
5800 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, Florida 32819-7834

TICKETS:
Log onto VelvetSessions.com or call 407-503-2402 

Posted on March 31, 2009 | Tags:

Crain's Chicago Business — the nation's pre-eminent regional business newspaper — recently conducted an online poll of business travelers. The goal was to name the best places around Chicago to put up out-of-town colleagues, entertain clients or hold a business meeting. The results showed that Hard Rock Hotel Chicago is among the tops in those categories and one of the best places in the Windy City to get down to business.

With a 24-hour business center, complimentary WiFi, and its central location between the Magnificent Mile and the Chicago Loop, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago is the perfect fit for your business needs.

 
Posted on March 30, 2009 | Tags:

Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya launches a new online package dedicated to all travelers after a Kings Club Getaway.

Enjoy exclusive access to our Kings Club Lounge where you can dream of stardom while surrounded by Memorabilia of BB King and The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley, for private check-in/check-out, buffet breakfast (single/twin booking), and daily evening cocktails.

Your hip room or suite will come furnished with a one-time stock of FREE beverages and FREE internet access throughout your stay, late check out until 03:00 pm, 10% discount on food and drink purchases (except mini-bar and room service), and 15% off on relaxing treatments at the Hard Rock Spa to make your rock retreat really Rockin’!

Click here for more details.

Check out more great deals at Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya.

Posted on March 23, 2009 | Tags:
Winner to Perform Onstage at Hard Rock Calling 2009 Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band and Neil Young To Headline Hard Rock Calling – First Tour Stop of Hard Rock’s Ambassadors of Rock Worldwide Concert Tour

Orlando, Fla., March 23, 2009 – Hard Rock International is giving local bands throughout the U.S. the opportunity to make their rock dreams become reality with Hard Rock's Ambassadors of Rock Battle of the Bands! Local bands will be given the chance to win a spot on the stage at Hard Rock Calling 2009 – one of the U.K.'s most-anticipated concert events and the kick-off to Hard Rock's 2009 Ambassadors of Rock Tour. Rock legends Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band will headline Hard Rock Calling in June – the first concert of Hard Rock's Ambassadors of Rock Tour, a global concert series featuring top artists and bands to benefit charities worldwide. Other featured artists at Hard Rock Calling include Dave Matthews Band, Ben Harper & Relentless 7, Pretenders, Fleet Foxes and more.

Are You Ready to Rock?! Legendary Judges Chosen
Beginning April 2, select Hard Rock Cafe locations across the country will host a series of competitions where local bands can compete for the chance to perform onstage at Hard Rock Calling 2009 in London's Hyde Park. After battling it out at select Hard Rock Cafe locations, one winner from each participating city will be evaluated by a panel of artists and music industry professionals, who will choose the finalists. Leading the distinguished panel will be Head Judge Little Steven Van Zandt of the legendary E Street Band. The panel will also include Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Darryl "DMC" McDaniels. The final stage of the competition will then be turned over to the fans, who will be able to vote for a favorite on www.HardRock.com between May 25 and June 6. One lucky band's dream will come true when they win the ultimate rock prize and play on the bill at Hard Rock Calling!

"I'm thrilled to be part of Hard Rock's Ambassadors of Rock Battle of the Bands" said Little Steven Van Zandt. "I can't wait to take a listen to the winners from each city – I know there’s gonna be some great Rock & Roll in there, baby!"

Visit www.HardRock.com for details on event dates and times, and go to Hard Rock Cafe in your city to watch your favorite local bands battle for the opportunity of a lifetime!

Participating Hard Rock Cafe Locations:
Atlanta - Honolulu - Nashville - San Antonio - Biloxi - Houston - Niagara Falls - San Diego - Chicago - Indianapolis - Orlando - St. Louis - Denver - Louisville - Pittsburgh - Toronto - Detroit - Memphis - Sacramento - Hollywood, CA - Hollywood, FL - Myrtle Beach

Hard Rock Calling 2009
Hard Rock Calling, the three-day musical celebration being held on from Friday, June 26th through Sunday, June 28th, with more than a dozen top bands performing on two stages, has established itself as one of the most important London events on the UK musical calendar over the last three years. Past acts have included Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, The Police and The Who. Additional artists for the 2009 line-up will be announced leading up to the event and tickets for the festival are available at www.HardRockCalling.com. In addition to renowned bands and an on-site Hard Rock Cafe, the festival will include a market area, performance art, a healing area and a "chill out" zone.

Though the Sunday night performance sold out in less than one hour, fans still have the opportunity to win their way in, with a V.I.P. weekend in London for Hard Rock Calling, by entering on www.HardRock.com.

Ambassadors of Rock 2009
As Hard Rock Calling acts as the global launch for Ambassadors of Rock 2009, consumers can also register to win trips to other exciting Ambassador of Rock stops around the world, by entering the global sweepstakes on www.HardRock.com. Overall, Ambassadors of Rock 2009 will include shows featuring top artists in New York; Biloxi; Las Vegas, Dubai; Orlando and Hollywood, Florida; Buenos Aires, Singapore and Tokyo.

And as with all Hard Rock International ventures, philanthropy will be an important part of Hard Rock’s global tour, with each Ambassador of Rock event benefiting a local charity.

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

About Hard Rock International
With 123 high-energy Hard Rock Cafes and nine Hotels/Casinos in 49 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, Atlanta and Panama, scheduled to open in 2010; Dubai, scheduled to open in 2011; and Abu Dhabi, scheduled to open in 2012. Hard Rock International, Inc. 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 March 19, 2009 | Tags:

This year's Hard Rock Calling, taking place on June 27th and 28th, just keeps getting better and better, with the announcement that iconic rocker Neil Young will be headlining the first day of the two-day festival. This year's Hard Rock Calling is gonna be off the chain, what with the initial Hard Rock Calling announcement that Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Dave Matthews Band, and The Gaslight Anthem are all playing the second day of the fest.


But wait, it gets better. Joining Neil on Saturday, June 27th, in Hyde Park, will be the ethereal harmonies of Fleet Foxes, the fiery awesomeness of Ben Harper and his brand new band, Relentless7, the blues-stomp of Seasick Steve, and the always groovy swagger of The Pretenders. With more band announcements coming soon, Hard Rock Calling is the place to be this summer.

Check back at www.hardrock.com for future band announcements. You can also purchase tickets to Hard Rock Calling by going to www.hardrockcalling.co.uk.

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