Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is now the home of Elvis Presley’s iconic 24-karat gold leaf grand piano.
The grand entrance where the piano is located is part of the property’s ongoing $700 million expansion, which will be completed in the fall. A grand opening has been scheduled for October 3.
At a press event last week, it was announced that Keith Urban will perform on Friday, October 4, in the property’s new 1,500-seat Hard Rock Event Center.
“We’re honored to have Elvis’s priceless piano on permanent display here at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa,” said Jim Allen, Hard Rock International Chairman and Seminole Gaming CEO, in a statement. “Hard Rock has such a deep connection to music history, so it’s fitting that this fantastic piece of memorabilia is here at one of the most successful casino properties in the world.”
Presley originally purchased the piano for his mother in 1955. The piano was placed into storage for 10 years after Presley’s mother’s death in 1958, until Priscilla Presley decided to adorn the piano in 24-karat gold-leaf finish as a Christmas gift and in celebration of the couple’s first wedding anniversary.
The Elvis piano joins more than 500 other pieces of the most evocative and valuable pieces of music memorabilia at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa, including such fan favorites as The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and many more. A sampling of these pieces can be seen through the self-guided memorabilia Rock Walk tour on the Mezzanine Level of the property.