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Party Rolls At Hard Rock Saturday Morning

"You might see yourself around the world tonight everybody. So raise your hands," hollered the D.J. as hundreds of casino-resort employees gathered beneath the giant guitar in downtown Biloxi Thursday morning.

The anxious "Hard Rockers" finally got the word they've been anxiously waiting for.

"And we're formally announcing right now, today, at this moment that the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino will open Saturday morning at 10:00AM," said president Joe Billhimer.

It's almost more excitement than 1,500 Hard Rock employees can handle. The crowd's enthusiasm even rubbed off on Biloxi's mayor.

"Is this a great day or what?" said Mayor A.J. Holloway to the cheering crowd. "We're going to get open this time."

Weather should cooperate this time around, allowing the shiny new resort to welcome the public. A certain hurricane wiped away the grand opening two years ago.

"I always had an optimism to get this thing back together and get the coast back together. I think we're just a small part of what's going on on the coast and we're thrilled to be a part of it," said a smiling Billhimer.

Music fans appreciate Hard Rock for its vast collection of music memorabilia. And after collecting for nearly forty years, Hard Rock boasts one of the biggest and best collections in the world.

Authentic guitars, musicians clothing and other collectibles fill the cases.

"I just want to stress that everything is authentic. It's been used. It's been documented. And, or it's been worn by the artist," explained Dan Bernstein, the man who directs Hard Rock's collecting.

Homegrown success, Three Doors Down, has a permanent display case at Hard Rock. A special guitar from London gets a limited showing.

"It's my pleasure to give you the Eric Clapton," said Bernstein, "First piece of memorabilia from the Hard Rock collection."

Clapton's Fender guitar will be there for 30 days. Hopefully, Hard Rock Biloxi will stick around much, much longer.

By Steve Phillips

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