Imagine Dragons, OneRepublic, Sara Bareilles, and More Take the Stage for Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ ‘Hear the Music, See

  Imagine Dragons, OneRepublic, Sara Bareilles, and More Take the Stage for
  Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ ‘Hear the Music, See the World’ Global Series in
  Partnership with Live Nation Entertainment

 The Exclusive World Tour of Music Performances Gives Unparalleled Access to
 Private Performances & Premium Concert Tickets with a Range of Today’s Most
                   Sought after Artists at Starwood Hotels

Business Wire

STAMFORD, Conn. -- April 05, 2013

Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®), the award-winning loyalty program from
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), in partnership with Live
Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:LYV), the world's leading live entertainment
and e-commerce company, is kicking off the 2013 On Tour With SPG: Hear The
Music, See The World series. For the second consecutive year, this innovative
global program allows SPG members to experience intimate music performances at
incredible destinations such as Barcelona, Bangkok, New York and the San
Francisco Bay Area. The exciting slate of talent will include a mix of genres
ranging from rock, hip-hop, electronic, pop and more.

Each of Starwood’s nine hotel brands will be featured in this year’s Hear the
Music, See the World. Confirmed performances include:

                   Element Dallas Fort
Element          Worth Airport North     May 18, 2013    Sara Bareilles

                   Dallas, TX, USA
                   The Westin Boston
Westin           Waterfront              June 3, 2013    OneRepublic

                   Boston, MA, USA
                   Four Points by
Four Points by     Sheraton, Barcelona
Sheraton         Diagonal                July 20, 2013   Russian Red

                   Barcelona, Spain
                   Aloft, Cupertino          August 7,
Aloft                                    2013            Imagine Dragons
                   Cupertino, CA, USA
                   Le Méridien, Mexico
Le Méridien      City                    October 25,     Lila Downs
                   Mexico City, Mexico
                   Sheraton New York
Sheraton         Times Square Hotel      July 25, 2013   Gavin DeGraw

                   New York, NY, USA
The Luxury         Hotel Bristol, Vienna     September 27,
Collection                               2013            Paloma Faith
                   Vienna, Austria
                   W Singapore, Sentosa
W                Cove                    TBA             TBA

                   The St. Regis,
St. Regis        Bangkok                 TBA             TBA

                   Bangkok, Thailand

“We've been lucky enough to play in cities around the world this last year,”
said front man of Imagine Dragons, Dan Reynolds. “But it's always nice to be
back in California, and we're looking forward to playing theStarwoodHear the
Music, See the World Series.”

OneRepublic added, “With a new album [Native] just released, and an upcoming
worldwide tour, we've got a lot to look forward to in the coming months. Being
part of The Hear the Music, See the World program with Starwood is one of

“Music is an important part of our lives, and we find our members are as
passionate about music as they are travel and our hotels,” said Mark
Vondrasek, Senior Vice President, Distribution, Loyalty and Partnership
Marketing for Starwood Hotels & Resorts. “With Live Nation we have created a
global music series that resonates with our members because of its
unparalleled access to world renowned artists at some of our most spectacular

“Live Nation’s partnership with SPG brings personal, unique music experiences
with world-famous artists in exclusive and diverse locations for SPG members
who are passionate music fans,” said Russell Wallach, President of Live Nation

Custom Music Experiences – Each Will Represent One of Starwood’s Distinctive
Hotel Brands

Setting the stage at Starwood properties around the globe, each event will be
individually customized in collaboration with the artists and Starwood’s
distinctive brand positioning, incorporating the unique style, décor and
rituals of each of its nine diverse brands. Each experience will spotlight
unique hotel brand attributes that define each of the properties.

Attending On Tour with SPG: Hear the Music, See the World

Music-minded SPG members can redeem or bid Starpoints to attend the acoustic
performances and artist experiences at Access will also
be granted through ticket giveaways to followers of SPG’s Facebook page
( and Twitter feed (@spg). Plus, one lucky winner will
receive access to their choice of performance plus hotel and airfare through a
“Throwback Thursday” Instagram (SPG) contest running each Thursday through May

SPG Gives Members More Ways to Participate Via Sweepstakes

Launching today through May 5^th members can register for an opportunity to
earn a $50 code for every three nights stayed with Starwood.
Also, members who link their SPG and Foursquare accounts can earn a $10 code for one hotel check-in. In addition to the Hear the
Music, See the World series, SPG’s gives its members access to premium concert
tickets, backstage tours and artist interactions through SPG Moments.

More about the SPG & Live Nation Partnership

As the exclusive hotel partner, ticket purchasers on the site
will find a "Where to Stay" page directing concertgoers to the nearest
Starwood Hotel. Customized hotel booking for Live Nation artists on tour will
be coordinated by Starwood working in tangent with the company's touring

For more information and Hear The Music, See The World Moments please visit: and

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and
leisure companies in the world with 1,134 properties in nearly 100 countries
and 154,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully
integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences
with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury
Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton,
Aloft®, and ElementSM. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading
loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), allowing members to earn and
redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout
dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier
provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and
privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit

About Starwood Preferred Guest

Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) is an innovative, award-winning frequent
traveler program that unites each of Starwood’s 9 distinctive hotel brands and
includes more luxury hotels in more destinations around the world. SPG
reinvented the hospitality loyalty landscape when it launched in 1999 with its
breakthrough policy of no blackout dates, and over the years has continued its
tradition of innovation with enhancements such as Cash + Points, SPG
MomentsSM, and most recently Your24TM and SPG LifetimeTM. In addition to Free
Night Awards at over 1,100 hotels and resorts and Award Flights on over 350
major airlines without blackout dates, the Starpoints® that members earn
through SPG can be redeemed for access like no other to experiences in music,
sports and the arts through SPG Moments. SPG also has an ongoing commitment to
digital innovation to meet the needs of today’s connected global traveler –
from the SPG app for iPhone that utilizes state-aware technology to create a
more personalized hotel stay to Starwood’s Best Rate Guarantee on, to
SPG’s integration within various social media platforms. Offerings such as
these have helped SPG build a passionate member base among the world’s most
frequent travelers. Learn more at and and connect with
us on,,,, and

About Live Nation Entertainment:

Live Nation Entertainment(NYSE: LYV)is the world's leading live
entertainment and ecommerce company, comprised of four market leaders:, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation and Live Nation
Network. is the global event ticketing leader and one of
the world's top five ecommerce sites, with a database of over 119 million fans
who visit our sites. Live Nation Concerts produce over 22,000 shows annually
for more than 2,300 artists globally. Artist Nation is the world's top artist
management company, representing over 200 artists. These businesses power Live
Nation Network, the leading provider of entertainment marketing solutions,
enabling nearly 800 advertisers to tap into the 250 million consumers Live
Nation delivers annually through its live event and digital platforms. For
additional information,


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