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Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs Opens to Public

Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs interior, October 2013. Photo contributed to Patch by resort representatives.
Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs interior, October 2013. Photo contributed to Patch by resort representatives.
The new Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, billed as a luxury 163-room resort located in the heart of downtown, opened to the public Friday Oct. 4.

The resort celebrated its opening Thursday night with a private ceremony and reception.

Hotel reps are touting the resort's recent partnership with Goldenvoice, owners of the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals, which they hope positions the Hard Rock Hotel to become "the premier pool and music scene in the desert," according to their announcement.

One of the most popular elements of the Hard Rock brand is the memorabilia that adorns the walls at every property, resort reps said in an announcement distributed Friday.

"The memorabilia is carefully chosen from the coveted 'Rock Vault,'  Hard Rock International's famed warehouse in Orlando, Florida that stores more than 74,000 prized possessions gathered from music legends," resort reps said.

"The collection chosen for the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs was inspired by the city's history and nearby music festivals and will include autographed guitars, costumes from world tours, rare photographs, original contracts and more from almost every genre of music - from Frank Sinatra and Elvis to Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake."

According to resort reps, highlights from the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs collection include:

  • Rolling Stones' Keith Richards signed Danelectro guitar, considered a collector's item in itself
  • A Vera Thordardottir outfit worn by Lady Gaga during her performance at Sir Elton John's "White Tie and Tiara Ball" in 2010
  • A William Rast tuxedo jacket worn by Justin Timberlake in a 2008 "Fashion Rocks" photo shoot
  • Original photos used in the artwork for the Who's epic 1973 album, Quadrophenia
  • A corduroy jacket owned and worn by the late, great Johnny Cash
  • A fringed outfit worn by Barbados-born pop sensation Rihanna in the video for her 2010 smash single "Only Girl (In the World)"
  • A wool jacket worn by Frank Sinatra, as well as a signed supplement to his Capitol Records contract stipulating  he would receive top billing on all record labels 
  • A leather biker jacket once owned by Elvis, along with a badge given to the King by the Palm Springs Police Department making him an honorary Captain
  • A hand-crafted First Act guitar made for Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, who used it on stage
  • A fringed jacket from the 1960s belonging to electric guitar legend Jimi Hendrix
  • A Yamaha CB70 electric grand piano that Chris Martin of Coldplay used live as a composition tool and in the video for "Shiver"
  • A custom suit tailored for Sammy Davis, Jr., who once owned a home in Palm Springs
  • Bruce Springsteen's lyrics to "Hearts of Stone" - never released - with his handwritten annotations
  • Eric Clapton's vintage National Studio 66 guitar
  • A leather shirt from the personal wardrobe of Sly Stone, leader of Sly and the Family Stone
  • A fringed vest worn by the first lady of country music, Loretta Lynn

Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs also features a lobby sculpture made of 500 recycled loud speakers and assorted electronic parts including amplifiers, radios and tuners. The interactive display was designed by Berlin-based artist Benoît Maubrey and will allow guests to "communicate" with music.

Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs is owned by Kittridge Hotels & Resorts, LLC. For more info visit www.HRHPalmSprings.com.

Hard Rock International has a total of 174 venues in 54 countries, including 138 cafes, 17 hotels and 7 casinos, according to resort reps. Hard Rock International claims to owns the world's greatest collection of music memorabilia, displayed at its locations around the globe. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. For more info about Hard Rock International visit www.hardrock.com.

desertpatriot October 05, 2013 at 06:47 PM
given the palm springs location will the hotel become a magnet for homosexual male activity? only time will tell
Ellen Carr October 06, 2013 at 02:37 AM
What if it does? I can assure you no one will force you to go. I sense a little homophobia is rearing it's ugly head. Please push it down. Isn't there enough hurt in the world without your inane statement about homosexual male activity. Wait the "snow birds" will be coming soon. I hope the Hard Rock doesn't become a magnet for all those old people! Let's see if I can think of other "groups' that might become magnets. No, I have better things to do with my time. These are my opinions.
Libi Uremovic October 06, 2013 at 10:39 AM
gays are a great clientele - they have a lot of disposable income and attend a lot of social events.... in a capitalist society: businesses are in the business of making money... i'm sure the 'gay factor' was one of the reasons they thought a hard rock hotel would be successful in palm springs ... without the gay community there wouldn't be a hard rock or any other major entertainment venue in palm springs...
desertpatriot October 06, 2013 at 10:55 AM
@ellen: my only concern is if ps wants to return to its former glory as being the hub of the cv then an image change is in order. as it stands now downtown ps is a vast wasteland of abandoned buildings, tacky t-shirt shops, gay bars and homosexual male hookers lining the streets. 'these people' have done a marvelous job of driving away families and tourism that, as a result neighboring palm desert has become the new hub. i wish the new hotel success but i believe its days are numbered
desertpatriot October 06, 2013 at 11:14 AM
@libi: points taken but can you then explain to me why downtown ps looks like a ghost town? and why there is a dearth of families with children present? and why single women are conspicuously absent? any cv denizen with half a brain knows to avoid going to ps for a night out for reasons explained. that leaves the tacky l.a. (gay?) crowd as well as local ps gays as its source of income. question: are there enough of 'these people' to keep the hotel afloat? time will tell
Libi Uremovic October 06, 2013 at 01:54 PM
palm springs itself only has a population of 45,000 - it's a resort community that is surrounded by working class communities ... and you're totally wrong about palm springs night life - my kid and her girlfriends go to palm springs all the time because gays are fun to party with... very trendy for so cal girls to weekend in palm springs... palm springs night clubs are full of gay guys and straight women ....the odds are on your side ...
Reuben E. Dominguez Sr. October 07, 2013 at 05:09 AM
I think desertpatriot is gay himself. Atleast he sounds like it, the fag!
desertpatriot October 07, 2013 at 05:36 PM
@libi: yes, i do admit it's not uncommon to see so called 'fag-hags' hangin' with homosexual males in ps...boggles the mind to say the least. perhaps these young ladies need some guidance and growing up to do i.e. focus in on finding a gentleman vs. a gender confused boy-toy. if it were my daughter i'd advise her to choose a better class of friends and avoid fag town altogether. now libi, i'm not saying you're an unfit mother but...
desertpatriot October 07, 2013 at 05:38 PM
@reuben: chill my man...chill
Libi Uremovic October 07, 2013 at 06:35 PM
my kid probably makes double what you earn and doesn't revolved her life around her genitals, so maybe you're the one that needs to grow up....palm springs is where upper class girls go - vegas is too trashy for them, but it's more on your level.... creative men that look good AND smell good....gay men are gods gift to women for putting up with the heteros....
desertpatriot October 07, 2013 at 09:49 PM
oh boy, where do I begin………………………………………………......... “my kid probably makes double what you earn…”................. how did money enter into the fray? as a rule of thumb it is a sign of bad character when one has boast as to how much money they earn.................................................................. "...palm springs is where upper class girls go..."................... i would challenge you to say that in public............................ "creative men (homosexual males) that look good AND smell good...."................................................................................. funny, i've always equated the odor of feces with that category. but i digress :)........................................................ "gay men (homosexual males) are gods gift to women for putting up with the heteros"................................................. which begs the question 'your gender preference is.....???"' libi, i would seriously consider a class in etiquette for both you and your daughter. dp has spoken...............................
Libi Uremovic October 07, 2013 at 10:31 PM
'...as a rule of thumb it is a sign of bad character when one has boast as to how much money they earn.....' that's reality - "a woman can't make more than a man; you think it's going to work, it won't work." - bette davis @ 1972 ...bette was married 8 times - she knows what she's talking about... my kid has to think of her future.... if you want a decent girl 'you better werk'....
desertpatriot October 07, 2013 at 11:12 PM
it's "reality" to boast how much money one earns? really? 'class'...why don't you get some. libi, again i ask...what is your gender preference? i have some serious doubts as to your legitimacy
Libi Uremovic October 07, 2013 at 11:43 PM
i'm hetero - it's a shame that you disregard 10% of the population when they're predominately artists, musicians, & entertainers....
desertpatriot October 07, 2013 at 11:54 PM
10%? that's a stretch. more like 1%. "disregard"? please elaborate
Alexander Cuttleworth October 10, 2013 at 12:21 AM
University of Rochester study indicates that people who are openly homophobic may actually be attracted to a same sex relationship. Perhaps you should try the PS Hard Rock, Desertpatriot. You might just find a soul mate there.
desertpatriot October 10, 2013 at 11:43 AM
@alex: prove those stats please -your story sounds rather contrived. while we're on the topic... -dr. cameron’s obituary study has yielded some incredible statistics, including: *gay males are 116 times more likely to be murdered as straight men *gay males are 24 times more likely to commit suicide *gay males are 18 times more likely to die in car accidents *gay males are 22 times more likely to die of heart-attacks as whites overall, and 11 times more likely as blacks *lesbians are 487 times more likely to die of murder, suicide or accident as straight women
ATC October 10, 2013 at 01:22 PM
I'm curious, DP, about what area of "downtown" you refer to as a ghost town. My wife & I go to PS a couple times a month for dinner (same distance as SNBO or Riverside, with more than just chain restaurrants), and downtown PS is always hopping. Bars & nightclubs are packed, restaurants are full, sidewalks and shops are filled with people as well as street vendors...ghost town?
Alexander Cuttleworth October 10, 2013 at 02:12 PM
No problem, DP. http://www.examiner.com/article/study-homophobic-people-may-secretly-be-the-closet. I'm a straight male but became curious since you seem to be fixated on Gay men. I wouldn't be surprised if Gay men have a higher murder rate but that has nothing to do with hiding in the closet, The apparent rabid homophobia would account for the murder rate.
desertpatriot October 13, 2013 at 12:17 PM
@alex: the 'examiner', a far left leaning, sf bay area (home of extreme liberalism) based tabloid is not a credible news source. show me an article from the wsj, fox news etc. that backs your claim and i'll pay close attention. and oh btw...'gay men' is an oxymoron
desertpatriot October 13, 2013 at 12:24 PM
@atc: i really must disagree with your description of ps -it's a tired looking town filled with old queens and tacky canadian / l.a. weekender tourists with bad taste and money to burn. when compared with the new hub of the cv (el paseo in pd) ps looks like a ghetto
Alexander Cuttleworth October 13, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Sorry, DP, but the word 'gay' may be used for both male and female, and is perfectly correct and acceptable. It's not an oxymoron
desertpatriot October 13, 2013 at 04:42 PM
err...you missed my point. there's no such thing as a homosexual man. manhood is defined by an attraction to the opposite sex ...vs. your interpretation of two males engaged in taking it up the hershey highway. read it and weep
Alexander Cuttleworth October 13, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Easy point to miss, I guess. Interesting definition and I'm curious about the source. Actually, the dictionary defines manhood as 'the state or time of being a man or adult male person; male maturity.'
Jeremiah October 13, 2013 at 11:33 PM
Interesting conversation. **** Jeremiah
Alexander Cuttleworth October 14, 2013 at 12:37 AM
I could have made it a little more interesting. Jeremiah, by mentioning body parts, but decided that wasn't necessary. I'm straight but homophobia scares me. Too many people have been killed, or taken their own life, because of being viewed as an oddity and a misfit. I'm just trying to understand why DP is so very afraid of Gay men/boys and women/girls, and I think part of it really is fear.
Jeremiah October 14, 2013 at 01:09 AM
Actually I have a hard time understanding why straight men have such an issue with it or why gay men have to throw it in everyone's face. I don't throw my sexuality in anyone's face or discuss it with anyone because I know who I am and so do my wife and kids. Beyond that it isn't anyone's business and I am completely offended that I cannot open a newspaper or magazine or news site without having to see gay this or transgender that or lesbian this or straight that. I see it as a sickness in people and society that sexuality has become the defining issue. Even more than that the media and financial interests make hay off it and whip it up. **** Is this how we want America to be portrayed to the rest of the world? Doesn't anyone see how immoral we appear to other countries? Or see that the more this becomes prevalent the less respect we have from other countries? **** People can be anything they want - just keep it to themselves - I don't want or need to know!!!! **** Jeremiah
desertpatriot October 14, 2013 at 11:39 AM
@alex: i don't consider anal sex among males a sign/indication of "male maturity". nor is silly/flamboyant/effeminate behavior. i've often been described as "homophobic" when i speak out against the homosexual madness sweeping our nation via airwaves, cable, newsprint and public schools. since i do not consider homosexuality a 'normal lifestyle' it should be described as such -not normal. and i will remain vocal in my opinion `till my dying day. does that make me "homophobic"? am i "afraid" of those who engage in perverse behavior? no, just fed up with the lies we're being fed everyday that perversion has become the new 'normal'. dp has spoken


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