Celebrity-studded soiree kicked off opening of Tampa’s late night live music place to be: “Hard Rock @ Nite”

TAMPA, FL (January 13, 2011) - Joey Fatone from N'Sync, Tommy Shaw of Styx , Hamish Dodds, CEO of Hard Rock International, John Fontana, president of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, five Seminole Tribal Council members, Rita Gilligan, Hard Rock's first server from 40 years ago, and Samantha Price, Seminole Hard Rock Tampa’s Miss January Calendar Girl, smashed guitars in a ceremony marking the official opening of Hard Rock Cafe Tampa in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino last night. Following the smash at 9 p.m., the legendary progressive rock band, Styx, performed a private concert on the Hard Rock Cafe’s state-of-the-art stage.

At 10:30 p.m., celebrities including socialite Nicky Hilton, singer Joey Fatone, actresses Stephanie Pratt and Ali Landry and others walked the red carpet for the public and a throng of local and national media. Then it was on to the “Hard Rock @ Nite” Afterparty for everyone at 11:30 p.m. with guest celebrity DJ Samantha Ronson spinning until 1 a.m.

“It was an amazing evening; the perfect way to introduce our ongoing, late night facet, Hard Rock @ Nite,” said John Fontana, president of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Hard Rock @ Nite will be on tap three nights per week – Thursdays through Saturdays – with live bands performing from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. and a DJ spinning some of the best rock mash-ups into the afterhours from 1 a.m. until 4 a.m.

The new Hard Rock Cafe Tampa fuses live music, world-famous American fare, cutting-edge technology, and one-of-a-kind rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia from the 1950’s to today in a new ‘rockcentric’ interior design. With a luxuriously laid-back vibe and nightlife like no other, Tampa’s only Hard Rock Cafe offers world-class entertainment and legendary cuisine and an expanded menu with offerings from the world-famous Martorano’s Italian Restaurant. It is the first Hard Rock Cafe in the world to feature gaming, with slots, a beautiful four-table Hard Rock Girl blackjack pit, and go-go dancers.

To download high resolution photos and video from the launch events last night, editors and producers can visit http://www.newsinfusion.com/events/HardRockCafe-Tampa.

About Hard Rock International

With a total of 169 venues in 52 countries, including 133 cafes and 15 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.  For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, Fla. is Florida’s ultimate entertainment destination with nearly 190,000 square feet of non-stop gaming action casino featuring Blackjack, Mini and Midi Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, 3 Card Poker, Let it Ride Poker, Casino War and Texas Hold ‘Em Poker along with over 4,100 of the most popular slot machines plus Florida’s newest, smoke-free poker room, with 50 live action tables dedicated to Texas Hold ‘em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Seven Card Stud.  For the fifth year in a row, the American Automobile Association (AAA) has awarded this 250-luxury room hotel its prestigious Four Diamond rating. Enjoy a variety of critically-acclaimed restaurants and bars, including the stunning Hard Rock Cafe Tampa, Council Oak Steaks & Seafood premier steak restaurant, and Fresh Harvest for a seven live-action kitchen dining experience. Garage parking is free and valet parking is also available. The hotel & casino is located off I-4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue, between I-75 and I-275, about 10 minutes east of downtown Tampa.  For more information, call 813-627-ROCK(7625), 1-800-937-0010 or visit www.seminolehardrocktampa.com. 



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