More Than 12,000 Bands Compete for Your Vote as Part of the Hard Rock Rising Global Battle of the Bands
185 Tampa Bands Will Vie to Qualify on Feb. 16, 23 & March 1 at the Hard Rock Cafe; Vote, Now, to See Your Hometown Band Hit It Big at Hard Rock Calling 2012
TAMPA, Fla. – You vote – they rock! Hard Rock Rising gives fans the power to decide who performs at Hard Rock Cafes worldwide as the battle of the bands gears up for the local, live music phase of the competition. More than 12,000 bands have entered the Hard Rock Rising competition for the chance of a lifetime, to be on the bill with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and additional headlining performers at Hard Rock Calling 2012 in London. Locally, 185 bands from Tampa are in the competition. Vote, now, for your favorite hometown rockers on Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/seminolehardrocktampa. Voting ends on February 5.
The Rise of a Local Legend
Beginning on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, Hard Rock Rising allows fans to choose the live performance lineup for local events at Hard Rock Cafes around the world. Fans can vote by downloading free tracks from bands of their choice at their local Hard Rock’s city-specific, Facebook page.
After fans choose their favorites, participating Hard Rock Cafe locations around the world will host a series of live competitions featuring the local bands who received top votes. Bands will then be judged live by a panel of local industry experts and participating bands’ representatives, with one winner being selected from each location. For full rules and a list of participating locations visit www.hardrock.com.
“At Hard Rock live music is at the core of our brand and we put on more than 17,000 live music events per year at our properties,” said John Galloway, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Hard Rock International. “We are privileged be able to offer the hottest up-and-coming bands a chance to showcase their talent on our local cafes stages and the shot to play at Hard Rock Calling 2012.”
Rising to the Occasion – the Central Florida Road to Hard Rock’s Main Stage
Music fans can now vote online for their favorite local bands to secure a spot in a Hard Rock Rising qualifying battle. Locally, 185 bands are vying to enter the competition that could lead to a performance at Hard Rock Rising 2012.
The nine bands with the most online votes will each compete at one of three qualifying battles taking place on February 16, February 23 and March 1 at 9 p.m. in the Hard Rock Cafe at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa. Admission to the qualifying battles is free and open to the public.
All bands are registered on Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Facebook page. To download free tracks and vote for your favorite, please visit www.facebook.com/seminolehardrocktampa .
Local winners will then compete against 86 bands from across the world, via an international fan voting round on Hard Rock Facebook pages. Finally, a panel of celebrity judges and music industry professionals will select the top three winners.
The first place winner will be flown to London for the ultimate rock star treatment, including a spot on the bill at Hard Rock Calling 2012. Second and third prize winners will receive $5,000 and $2,500, respectively, in ReverbNation PROMOTE IT credits, a revolutionary tool that creates targeted, highly effective Facebook advertising campaigns for musicians and venues promoting songs, Facebook pages and concerts.
Greetings From Hyde Park – Hard Rock Calling 2012
Hard Rock Calling, an iconic festival now in its seventh consecutive year, has established itself as one of the UK’s premier outdoor music events. The 2012 festival will take place from Friday, July, 13 to Sunday, July 15 in London’s Hyde Park. Headliners for the festival will include Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, who will take the Main Stage for their second Hard Rock Calling performance. Hard Rock Calling 2012’s performers will join a long line of rock ‘n’ roll greats who have previously taken the stage at this iconic festival including: Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, The Who, Pearl Jam, Peter Gabriel, The Killers, The Police, Rod Stewart and Bon Jovi. Hard Rock Calling, produced by Live Nation and presented by Hard Rock International, is a unique and historic musical event with a main stage, second stage, renowned bands, on-site Hard Rock Cafe, as well as a variety of additional attractions. For further information on the 2012 artist lineup and ticket details, visit www.hardrockcalling.co.uk.
Visit www.hardrock.com for details on event dates and times, and head to a Hard Rock Cafe location in your city to watch your favorite local bands battle for the opportunity of a lifetime!
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About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa is Florida’s ultimate entertainment destination with nearly 190,000 square feet of non-stop casino gaming action featuring Blackjack, Mini and Midi-Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker, Let it Ride Poker, Casino War and Texas Hold ‘em Poker along with over 4,100 of the most popular slot machines. The resort also houses 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. Guests can enjoy a variety of critically acclaimed restaurants and bars including the Hard Rock Cafe Tampa, part of Hard Rock’s 134 globally recognized rock ‘n’ roll themed restaurants, the award-winning Council Oak Steaks & Seafood Restaurant and the Fresh Harvest seven-station dining experience. Garage parking is free and valet parking is also available. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is located off of 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, please call 813-627-ROCK (7625), 1-800-937-0010 or visit us online at www.seminolehardrocktampa.com or www.facebook.com/seminolehardrocktampa . Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SHRTampa .
About Hard Rock International
With a total of 174 venues in 53 countries, including 137 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 including Panama Megapolis, scheduled to open in 2012; Cancun and Vallarta scheduled to open in 2012; and Riviera Maya, 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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