Hard Rock, AMG go separate ways

A top Hard Rock Hotel executive said Wednesday the property was surprised when Angel Management Group issued a statement saying it had ended its nightlife-operating relationship with the Hard Rock.

It was the other way around, said Julie Cane, marketing director for the hotel and casino.

Stressing she wasn’t out to "stir" up a controversy, Cane said, "We didn’t know a release was going out. The wording made it sound like we got kicked to the curb, like we got fired."

She added, "That was the surprising part, but both sides are happy with the agreement."

Either way, the relationship is over as of Nov. 1.

The Hard Rock didn’t release an initial statement, instead sending only when a media outlet requested comment.

AMG sent an email about 1 p.m. Tuesday, headlined "Angel Management Group Ends Partnership with Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas."

Cane said AMG not only created the impression it had dumped the Hard Rock, but "took the liberty of not running (their release) by us," a reference to the corporate tradition of joint statements.

The nightlife operations relationship lasted 16 months.

"With an unparalleled knowledge in the marketplace and successful reputation in the industry," the statement read, "Angel Management Group was initially hired by former administration to improve operations and programming for its nightlife and daylife venues, including Hard Rock Beach Club, Rehab pool party and Vanity Nightclub."

Both parties thanked the other in their media releases.

The Hard Rock statement, sent to the Review-Journal on Wednesday, read: "The agreement between Angel Management Group and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is ending, effective November 1. We would like to thank AMG for the work done on behalf of Hard Rock; we are not prepared to announce management plans moving forward, but expect to in the near future."


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