New Hard Rock Casino celebrates grand opening with guitar-smashing ceremony

Hard Rock Casino
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A new $300 million Hard Rock Casino capped off its grand opening ceremony at the weekend with a six-string-smashing event that saw local musicians, politicians and casino administrators destroy a batch of acoustic guitars.

The event, which took place last Friday (May 14) at the new venue in Gary, Indiana, saw a number of special guests, including original Jackson 5 members and Gary residents Marlon and Tito Jackson, take to the stage to share a series of pre-smash speeches.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.