“Treasures of the Hard Rock” Music Memorabilia Exhibit a Rare Find for Entertainment Fans; Collection on Display at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, June 14-22

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Jeff Nolan, Hard Rock International's in-house rock historian, music and resident memorabilia expert, is available for interviews upon request on June 13 and 14.

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“We have spent nearly two years scouring our 77,000 piece collection to pull together this exclusive music memorabilia showcase that will wow our guests,” said Jeff Nolan, Hard Rock historian and tour curator.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa will give fans an up-close look at pieces of history from music superstars and legends with the never-before-seen “Treasures of the Hard Rock” traveling memorabilia exhibit on June 14-22. The exhibit features iconic items from two one-of-a-kind collections pulled from Hard Rock’s vault, “Gone Too Soon” and “Music Gives Back – Rock ‘N’ Roll Philanthropy.”

“We have spent nearly two years scouring our 77,000 piece collection to pull together this exclusive music memorabilia showcase that will wow our guests,” said Jeff Nolan, Hard Rock historian and tour curator. “Fans won’t want to miss this rare glimpse into entertainment history and opportunity to get close to some of the most iconic personal items from music’s renowned performers.”

Nolan is responsible for generating music and memorabilia-related content for the Hard Rock brand’s online programs, as well as serving as a consultant regarding valuation and preservation of memorabilia items. He began as a Hard Rock employee in the tour department at Hard Rock Cafe Orlando which serves as the template for a company-wide “Vibe Host" department. He’s now responsible for travelling with Hard Rock’s “Treasures of the Hard Rock” memorabilia exhibit across the country, providing insight and storytelling for the top pieces selected from Hard Rock’s priceless 77,000+ memorabilia collection.

“Gone Too Soon” pays tribute to music icons whose lives and careers were tragically cut short. It features items from contemporary talent such as an outfit worn by Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes during TLC’s CrazySexyCool tour and an 8th grade yearbook from Kurt Cobain to artifacts from legends of the past like Elvis Presley’s custom-made karate gi uniform and the unique Guild 12-string acoustic guitar Bob Marley used to record “Is This Love.”

Hard Rock’s “Love All, Serve All” mantra was the inspiration for “Music Gives Back – Rock ‘N’ Roll Philanthropy.” This collection focuses on artists who have worked with the brand on various charitable campaigns throughout its more than 40 years. The exhibit features items including Elton John’s sequined “Uncle Sam” outfit, a purple silk shirt worn onstage by Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon’s iconic round glasses.

For more information about the “Treasures of the Hard Rock” traveling memorabilia exhibit, tour stop locations and public viewing dates, please visit http://www.hardrock.com.

Hi-res photos of the “Treasures of the Hard Rock” memorabilia exhibit are available for download here: http://seminolehardrocktampa.com/media-room/expansion

About Treasures of the Hard Rock
Hard Rock International is the world’s original curator of music memorabilia with the most far-reaching collection. The 77,000+ piece collection, which celebrates new and legendary music icons, is the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia. In 2013 Hard Rock developed “Treasures of the Hard Rock,” three traveling memorabilia exhibits each featuring a unique theme. The “Gone Too Soon,” “Music Gives Back” and “50 Years of Rock & Pop Fashion” collections will tour Hard Rock locations in the U.S., Europe, and points in between throughout the year, giving fans an up-close look at pieces of history from music superstars and legends

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa recently completed a $75 million expansion, making it the world’s sixth-largest casino, based on gaming positions or number of seats at a table or slot. This ultimate entertainment destination features 118 table games including Blackjack, Mini and Midi-Baccarat, Pai Gow Tiles and Poker, Three Card Poker and Texas Hold ‘em Poker, along with over 5,000 slot machines and a smoke-free poker room with 50 tables offering high stakes action. The luxurious High Limit Table Games Room features 17 tables for blackjack and midi-baccarat and offers higher table limits, a personal cashier and attentive bartenders. For the sixth 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 new pool area and restaurants including the Hard Rock Cafe Tampa, part of Hard Rock’s 142 globally recognized rock ‘n’ roll themed restaurants, the award-winning Council Oak Steaks & Seafood Restaurant, and Rise Kitchen & Bakery™, which features freshly baked breads and entrees made with fresh ingredients. The new Asian gaming complex Jubao Palace features 17 table games and an accompanying 15-seat, quick service noodle bar. Valet and more than 5,000 free, self-parking spaces are 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 1-800-937-0010 or visit us online at http://www.seminolehardrocktampa.com or http://www.facebook.com/seminolehardrocktampa. Follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/SHRTampa.

About Hard Rock International
With a total of 179 venues in 57 countries, including 141 cafes, 18 hotels and 8 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. 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. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the companies’ two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida., as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Biloxi, Chicago, Cancun, Las Vegas, San Diego and Singapore. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include San Jose, Ibiza, Chennai, Istanbul and Tenerife. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Daytona Beach, Palm Springs, Aruba, Riviera Maya, Abu Dhabi and Shenzhen and Haikou in China. New Hard Rock Casino projects in development include Hungary and Northfield, OH. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit http://www.hardrock.com.

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