|VIPs with escorts post for photos in front of Hard Rock Cafe Hong Kong|
|Smashing guitars to officially open the venue|
It's much smaller than its predecessor and includes the all-important souvenir shop.
I was invited to the opening and got the requisite "VIP Backstage All Access" pass around my neck -- but we had to stand around outside the restaurant and bar to wait for the ceremony to begin.
After a late start it finally commenced with a strange voice over from Ringo Starr imploring people to buy a Peace & Love T-shirt he designed with the proceeds going to charity. Uh, OK, whatever you say Ringo.
|The Hard Rock helmet looks familiar...|
Then the real VIPs, the owner, the president and CEO, VP of franchise operations and some major food suppliers and then minor celebrities were introduced on the "stage". The owner tried to make a speech but the sound kept cutting in and out, while the president and CEO kept it mercifully short.
Finally they donned helmets that might have been bought in Shenzhen as they looked quite familiar in the markets in Beijing, and got ready to smash their guitars, as it's the custom at every Hard Rock opening.
Some were able to do it in one or two hits, while one of the food suppliers had to swing it a few times to finally demolish it. While the VIPs got protection, we had none and were subject to flying debris.
|A VIP guest had trouble smashing his guitar|
That combination was hardly appealing and I left shortly afterwards.
Hard Rock may know how to party but it doesn't really know how to give a good party...