The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is located in Tampa Florida.
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Published on Jul 11, 2019
Tampa Bay Times:
July 11, 2019
Tampa’s Hard Rock hotel unwraps shiny new toy: Elvis Presley’s 24-karat gold piano.
The King’s glimmering piano is the crown jewel of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino's new $720 million expansion.
TAMPA — James Burton admired the golden piano in the golden atrium from behind a golden rope held up by golden posts. It was an instrument fit for a king — an instrument fit for the King — and one he hadn’t seen this closely in, oh, who can remember, something like 40 years.
“Well, it’s gold,” Elvis Presley’s old guitarist said emphatically. “You know what? I think Elvis would be proud of the piano being here.”
Here, on Thursday morning, was the gleaming new atrium of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s ongoing $720 million expansion, the centerpiece of which was an opulent, one-of-a-kind hunka-hunka-burnin’ rock history: A 24-karat gold leaf piano owned by Presley himself.
Perched around the corner from Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime costume and down the way from Carl Perkins’ blue suede shoes, the piano might be Hard Rock International’s glitziest memorabilia pickup this decade, and one they’ve been waiting years to display.