HARD ROCK’S GLOBAL Battle of the Bands Gives TAMPA Musicians the Chance to





Media Contact: Gina Morales, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa (813) 627-7771; Gina.Morales@seminolehardrock.com


TAMPA, Fla., January 4, 2010 – Do you have what it takes to open for a rock superstar?  Calling all Tampa rockers!  Hard Rock International is giving local bands the chance to win a spot on the lineup at Hard Rock Calling 2011 in London’s Hyde Park, one of the world’s most anticipated music festivals!  In celebration of the brand’s 40th Anniversary, Hard Rock is launching its first global Hard Rock Battle of the Bands, giving the rock stars of tomorrow the opportunity of a lifetime. 


Hard Rock Cafe Tampa is on the hunt for the area’s best talent to perform in Tampa’s first round of the battle, where bands will compete live and be evaluated by a panel of local celebrity judges and area music professionals.


The winner of Hard Rock Cafe Tampa’s Battle of the Bands will be placed in one of four world regional categories, which will be narrowed down by a panel of acclaimed industry experts.  Bands making it to the final phase will be posted on www.hardrock.com, where fans worldwide will vote on their favorites from each region. 


All four regional winners will be flown to London, treated like rock stars and given a spot on the bill at “Hard Rock Calling 2011”, which will take place June 24 through June 26 in London’s Hyde Park.  The band that receives the most fan votes will open for one of the festival’s iconic headliners on the Main Stage at Hard Rock Calling 2011, with the runners-up rockin’ out on the Second Stage.


Rockers who think they have what it takes to make it to the main stage must complete an application found at www.hardrock.com or at the Hard Rock Cafe Tampa hostess stand beginning on Jan 3, 2011. Deadline for application submission is 5 p.m. on Jan. 24   at the Cafe hostess stand.


Chosen applicants will play in a preliminary round on Feb. 24 at 10 p.m. Three bands will be selected to advance to the Finals to take place at Hard Rock Cafe Tampa on Mar. 3. The winner that night will be judged against other winners on www.hardrock.com and the bands with the most votes from each international region will play at Hard Rock Calling in London in June 2011.


For more information visit www.hardrock.com or call the Hard Rock Cafe Tampa directly at 813-627-7761. 


About Hard Rock International

With a total of 173 venues in 52 countries, including 136 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, Singapore and Punta Cana.  Additional hotel and casino projects have been announced in 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.

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