We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of artist, graphic designer and illustrator Alan Aldridge this past weekend. While Mr. Aldridge was best known for his work with legendary artists like The Beatles and The Who, he was also the creator of the iconic Hard Rock Cafe logo and as such a member of the Hard Rock family. Mr. Aldridge was hired by Hard Rock's founders to design t-shirts for a local football team sponsored by the original London cafe. The shirts and logo, much like their designer, became a cultural phenomenon.
If you’ve ever seen “The Soloist,” starring Jamie Foxx, you are already familiar with Nathaniel Ayers’s story. The 2009 film was based on the life of Ayers, a Julliard-educated musician who has struggled with schizophrenia and homelessness throughout his life. After a chance meeting with Los Angeles Times columnist, Steve Lopez, Ayers was introduced to Adam Crane and Vijay Gupta of the LA Philharmonic. This relationship placed Nathaniel on the road to recovery and led to the creation of Street Symphony, a charity focusing on bringing music to the disenfranchised community of Los Angeles’s Skid Row.
Read more about Nathaniel, Street Symphony, and listen to a recent NPR story that includes the story of soldier returning home from Desert Storm and how music has helped him heal.
Limited-Time, Edition 35 Merchandise Benefits SLAM Foundation
Orlando, Fla., January 16, 2017 – GRAMMY® Award-winning, international superstar Pitbull and the Hard Rock Heals Foundation are hitting the stage with the release of the brand’s latest merchandise line on Monday, January 16, 2017. The Pitbull Signature Series: Edition 35 shirt, inspired by the global star, Mr. Worldwide, supports the SLAM Foundation to help advance learning opportunities for children around the world.
“Music and education have always been a driving force in my life,” said Pitbull. “Partnering with the Hard Rock Heals Foundation for my Signature Series shirt will benefit SLAM! (Sports, Leadership, Arts and Management) in its effort to help students from all walks of life achieve their highest potential.”
“Pitbull and Hard Rock understand how imperative it is to invest in our future through the education of children,” said Kellie Brown, Philanthropy Manager for Hard Rock International. “Pitbull has been a supporter of the Hard Rock brand, and we are honored to collaborate with him on this Signature Series program that we know will have an impact on children around the globe.”
A percentage of the retail price of each Pitbull Signature Series shirt sold will be donated to SLAM through the Hard Rock Heals Foundation. The new Signature Series shirt features Pitbull’s famous moniker, “Mr. Worldwide,” in vibrant turquoise and pink lettering in homage to his Miami upbringing. The limited-edition black shirt is available in men’s and women’s sizes and can be purchased online and at participating Rock Shops at Hard Rock Cafe, Hotel and Casino properties around the world.
Following Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a day to focus on giving back to organizations that speak to your passion. Learn more here. Happy giving!!!!
Robert Gupta, founder of our Inaugural Partner, Street Symphony, delivers a powerful Ted Talk describing how music can be used as medicine.
"When Robert Gupta was caught between a career as a doctor and as a violinist, he realized his place was in the middle, with a bow in his hand and a sense of social justice in his heart. He tells a moving story of society's marginalized and the power of music therapy, which can succeed where conventional medicine fails."
Orlando, Fla., October 24, 2016 – Hard Rock Cafe International (USA), Inc., one of the world’s leading hospitality companies, announced today that Hamish Dodds, its President and CEO, has decided to step down from his position in early 2017 to pursue new opportunities. The company is wholly owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. It has been led by Dodds since 2004.
“It has been an absolute privilege working for Hard Rock over the last 13 years and leading the growth of this amazing brand, while helping to reinforce Hard Rock’s unique character, and its commitment to service and philanthropy. Hard Rock is a place where staff are empowered to deliver authentic guest experiences in a rock and roll environment,” said Dodds. “Today, the business is well positioned with a strong brand footprint and an extensive pipeline of projects in all business units. I wish the Seminole Tribe of Florida and all our Hard Rock employees and partners continued success in the future.”
Orlando, Fla. – Sept. 30, 2016 – Hard Rock International has completed the acquisition of casino and hotel-casino rights in the western U.S., as well as in several key international markets, from affiliates of BREF HR, LLC, which own the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Originally separated from the Hard Rock International’s portfolio more than three decades ago, the rights acquired in this deal reunite Hard Rock International’s global territory for casinos and hotel-casinos, which Hard Rock believes positions the company for unprecedented growth opportunities.
“This is a historic day for the brand and we could not be prouder to announce this acquisition that we believe ignites the path for further expansion around the globe,” said Jim Allen, Hard Rock International’s chairman. “With the newly acquired rights the Hard Rock brand has now been united for the first time in more than 35 years under one controlling ownership, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, allowing for globally consistent customer service and standards at all of our locations.”
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When you stay at any Hard Rock Hotel, be sure to ask about the opportunity to stay in the our exclusive Hard Rock Heals Suite! The suite is decked out with all things chill, from an iPad® loaded with our curated relaxation playlist and a state-of-the-art JBL speaker to play it on, to a meditation class to take you back to center and a renowned Manduka® yoga mat, fit for your practice.
One Hard Rock Heals Suite is available at each Hard Rock Hotel location worldwide and a portion of the cost of your stay will go to our Hard Rock Heals Foundation efforts to heal lives and promote wellness through the power of music. Learn more
We’re excited to congratulate William Graves, student at Stax Academy, on earning a full scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. Keep rocking William!!!!!!
Read more about William and the Stax Music Academy
Have you ever considered what songs would live on your eternal playlist? What music would accompany you if you were stranded on a desert island. Our friends at Nordoff Robbins asked just that.
Check out the ‘Ultimate Playlist’ and see if your favorite tune made the cut!