May 18 – June 26


2011 Marks Hard Rock Cafe 40th Anniversary 


The New Hard Rock Cafe Tampa Will Celebrate Their Iconic Brand’s Birthday with Concerts,  

a Free Trip for Two to London, a Touring Memorabilia Display, Casino/Food & Beverage Promotions, and More!


TAMPA, Fla. – Concerts at the new Hard Rock Cafe Tampa, a trip for two to London, England, and a cash giveaway will be the centerpieces of “40 Days That Rock” May 18 - June 26, in celebration of Hard Rock International’s 40th anniversary.


The brainchild of Isaac Tigrett and Peter Morton, the first Hard Rock Cafe was established in London on June 14, 1971 with a moderately priced, casual American fare, warm service and ubiquitous rock-and-roll music.    


Also during the “40 Days That Rock” from May 18 - June 26, guests will be treated to an array of food and beverage discounts in the new Hard Rock Cafe, and special souvenir items will be available for sale in the Hard Rock Cafe Rock Shop.



To mark the anniversary, on Sunday, June 26 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa will give away cash prizes and a Trip for Two to London, England. Here’s how it’ll work: On Sunday, June 26, drawings will be held at 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. for a chance to win $4,000 cash.


Following verification of the cash drawing winners, the Grand Prize Drawing will be held at 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Four entries will be drawn from an electronic drawing program to participate in “Plug In And Win” wherein each person will choose a guitar and start playing it. The contest official will then randomly plug in one of the guitar cables into an amplifier. The person whose guitar is playing through the amp will win the trip and $400 cash, while the other three participants will win $400 cash each.



Everclear ( charismatic frontman and driving force, Art Alexakis, takes a look back at the multi-platinum powerhouse group’s classic songs in a dynamic new show from the debut CD In A Different Light. Nearly 15 years since his Portland, Ore.-based band captured the hearts of Gen-Xers and rock fans everywhere, and hit #1 on Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart with “Santa Monica” and the Top 30 album Sparkle and Fade, the happily restless singer/songwriter gears up for Everclear’s next phase by taking a unique, organic look back at their biggest hits and fan favorites: “Learning How To Smile,” “I Will Buy You A New Life,” “Summerland,” “Everything To Everyone,” “Wonderful,” “Father Of Mine,” “Rock Star” and “The Maple Song.” Everclear will perform at Hard Rock Cafe Tampa Thursday, June 23rd at 10 p.m. $28 General Admission/Standing Room Only. Doors open at 9 p.m.


Seven Mary Three ( is a quintessentially American band whose career has kept moving forward long after many of their contemporaries have   disbanded. First and foremost a live rock band, they have toured with Aerosmith, Matchbox Twenty, and Three Doors Down and headlined for countless festivals and club shows. In the past five years, they performed at multiple NASCAR races, opened the National Hockey League season for the N.Y. Islanders, and at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game that aired nationally on ESPN. Seven Mary Three released their debut album, Churn in 1994, re-recorded a year later as American Standard, with the massive hit, “Cumbersome.” Other top 10 hits include: “Water’s Edge,”“Over Your Shoulder (on the Orange Ave. album) and “Wait” (from The Economy of Sound). 2008’s Day&nightdriving album took a new direction with surging dark rock anthems and quiet, introspective acoustic songs. Backbooth (2009) was recorded at a private show in Orlando. It documents Seven Mary Three in its simplest form – great songs, mostly acoustic instrumentation, and an intimate setting. The band is currently on tour and working on their seventh studio album. Seven Mary Three will perform at Hard Rock Cafe Tampa Thursday, May 26th at 10 p.m. $20 per person General Admission/Standing Room Only. Doors open at 9 p.m. 


Tickets for both shows will be available at the Hard Rock Store and all Ticketmaster Outlets. Must at least 21 years of age or older to attend.        



The original Hard Rock Cafe in London still houses the first-ever piece of memorabilia donated by Eric Clapton -- his Lead II Fender guitar. Today there are more than 70,000 guitars, drums, pianos, harmonicas, microphones, shirts, pants, scarves, shoes, handwritten lyrics, cars, bikes, a bus and assorted rock memorabilia - by far, the largest, most valuable such collection in the world - on the walls of the Hard Rock cafes, hotels and casinos in 53 countries around the world.


Real rock fans will be excited to hear that Hard Rock Cafe Tampa has been selected as a stop on Hard Rock’s 40th Anniversary Memorabilia Tour of their 40 top memorabilia. A special tour trailer, approximately 53 feet long and 9 feet wide with a slide out portion roughly 39 feet long and 10 feet wide showcases the very best from Hard Rock’s astounding collection of rare pieces -- the world’s largest collection of music memorabilia. It will be parked outside the cafe and open free to the public during the anniversary celebration daily from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., Aug. 8-12 (Note: The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour Bus – Hard Rock’s largest memorabilia piece – will also be on display in August at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa.


Stop by the Hard Rock Cafe Rock Shop to get a Hard Rock Cafe Tampa 40th Anniversary Commemorative item. Pick  up a Hard Rock Cafe 40th commemorative pint glass with all the Hard Rock Cafe locations listed on it ($10); a “40 Hard Rock Tampa” burnt orange and cream-colored enamel 1.5 x 1-inch collectible pin that describes the story of Hard Rock Cafe’s founding ($12); a special anniversary souvenir leather key chain ($10); or choice of 100% cotton, phthalate-free Hard Rock Cafe Tampa Anniversary men’s t-shirt in sizes small to XXL ($26).



For 40 years, guests from around the world have enjoyed Hard Rock’s classic American fare – from Legendary Burgers and mouth-watering Smokehouse Menu items to scratch-based desserts and award-winning beverage selections. For the 40-day long anniversary, Hard Rock Cafe Tampa staff will bring guests back to the day by dressing in 1970-style clothing, offering $3 “Surfer on Acid” shots and “Special Brownies” for $3. For more information on Hard Rock International and its 40th anniversary celebration, please visit


About Hard Rock Cafe, Tampa

Located inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa’s only Hard Rock Cafe occupies 17,500 square feet and offers world-class entertainment, legendary cuisine. And, it’s the first Hard Rock Cafe to offer slots and blackjack. Enjoy an expanded menu with offerings from the world famous Martorano’s Italian Restaurant, a luxuriously laid-back vibe and nightlife like no other. Hours are; Dining Room: Monday, Tues., Wed. & Sun. 11:30 a.m. – Midnight; Thurs., Fri. & Sat. 11:30 a.m. – 4 a.m. The Hard Rock Girls Blackjack Pit is open 8 p.m. – 4 a.m. Wed. through Sun. This is the place to experience everything that rocks — LIVE! For more information visit  or call 813-627-7625 (ROCK).


About Hard Rock Calling 2011

Hard Rock Calling, the three-day musical celebration being held on from Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26, with more than a dozen top bands performing each day on two stages, has established itself as one of the most important London events on the UK musical calendar over the last five years.  Past acts have included Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, The Who, Pearl Jam, Peter Gabriel, Bruce Springsteen, The Killers and The Police, who created what is now identified as the “must see” concert event on the UK festival circuit. Additional artists for the 2011 line-up will be announced leading up to the event and tickets for the festival are available at


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





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