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February 26, 2006 |
Alexis Rivera had the whole deal set up for Mickey Champion, his star singer. Nice little gig at the Venetian in Vegas, fat paycheck for an hour's worth of work, a room at the Hard Rock Hotel. And what thanks did Rivera get for his efforts? "I ain't #&*%@ goin' nowhere, honey." She's shy of 5 feet tall but gives no ground. Mules shake their heads in disbelief. Champion is somewhere around 80, but good luck trying to nail down the Crenshaw resident's exact age.
December 27, 2001 |
Before delving into the fab festivities to be found in our scene New Year's Eve, let's look back to some of the musical heroes without whom many of us would have caved long ago. Muchas gracias to Pennywise, Flogging Molly, Texas Terri & the Stiff Ones, Long Beach Dub All-Stars, Coyote Shivers, Motochrist and, of course, Betty Blowtorch, R.I.P.... Our torch was going to be lighted at the Whisky this New Year's Eve by Betty Blowtorch, who was scheduled to open for Nashville Pussy.
August 29, 2008 |
FOR A certain L.A. party crowd, Labor Day weekend can mean only one thing: Everyone into the pool. In what's become a rite of summer -- and, for that matter in L.A., any given day in the fall and spring too -- partyers in their 20s and 30s are flocking to pool bashes. Not the typical throw-down at your friend's cousin's place in the Hollywood Hills, mind you, but at upscale hotels, with DJs providing a soundtrack that goes on well into the night. On the Las Vegas scene, similar pool parties have become massive moneymakers for the promoters and hotel-casinos that host bacchanalia lasting up to 12 hours.
February 23, 2012 |
Just for a moment, as Carlos Santana was outlining the philosophy underlying his latest business venture, it started to sound as if he might be branching out into the food service industry. "What we do is focus on making everything fresh," the veteran musician and bandleader said. "I remind people: 'Ooh — don't bring last night's leftovers! Make it fresh and new and people will feel it.'" He's not launching a new Subway sandwich franchise but a two-year residency at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, where beginning May 2 he'll be holding court for 80 nights a year with a reimagined show he's calling "Greatest Hits Live: Santana — Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow.
May 12, 2006 |
Upscale hotel operator Morgans Hotel Group Co. has agreed to buy the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for $770 million in cash from the property's founder and chairman. The sale of the 647-room hotel and 30,000-square-foot casino on 41 acres near the Las Vegas Strip will net Peter Morton more than $731 million, he said Thursday. "It was just time to take the chips off the table," Morton said. "I'm looking to do some different things in my life. That was it."
February 23, 2006 |
The owners of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas are considering selling the property just east of the Strip. Las Vegas-based Hard Rock Hotel Inc. announced Tuesday that it had received more than one offer to buy the hotel-casino, which caters to a young clientele. "The company has determined that it will explore a potential sale. There can be no assurances that this process will lead to a transaction," the company said in a statement. Company executives would not comment further.
September 19, 2013 |
What can you get in Las Vegas for less than $50? A room at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, if you play your cards right. The hotel is offering rooms starting as low as $45 from now through February for those who make reservations this month. The deal: This offer will work well for those who plan to spend the holidays in Las Vegas and want to save a bundle. Rooms go for $45, $65 and $85 on selected nights for a casino tower room with a king-sized bed. Tax and the daily $22 resort fee are extra, and some blackout dates apply.
February 2, 2011 |
Want to feel like a rock star? You don’t need an agent. Just check into the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego and check out a $2,000 electric guitar. On the heels of Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, which began the “ Check In. Rock Out ” program more than a year ago, the San Diego link in the music-themed chain is letting guests use handmade, high-end Gibson guitars for free. Among the models are Les Paul Studios, SG Standards and SG Specials, said Blake Smith, global music marketing manager for Hard Rock International.
May 24, 2011 |
Here's an offer that might take the sting out of turning 40. If you were born on June 14, 1971, you can score a free night at the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago. Why? It's all part of the special offers in honor of the date this signature hotel, casino and restaurant chain opened its first cafe in London. The deal: This offer is good for a free night only at the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago -- and if, and only if, your birthday falls on June 14, 1971 . You have to show a valid ID when you make a reservation and upon check-in to get the freebie.