"We just wanted to be a part of the future of the coast, so you know, just to see it as it's going on," said Kellye Weinhofer.
The Weinhofer family from Ocean Springs joined the throng of people eager to watch the inaugural guitar smashing at the Hard Rock. Before the big event, some dignitaries took center stage, including Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway.
"We are indeed coming back, and we're doing it in a big way," Mayor Holloway said. "It's only rock and roll, but I like it."
Then the dignitaries and celebrities made their majestic entrance to the smashing site. Chris Daughtry, members of 3 Doors Down and our own Dave Elliott were among those strolling down the red carpet.
"We welcome everybody out here. It's a long time, a long day, a long time overdue to get these doors open, and you're part of history ladies and gentlemen," the announcer said.
Mayor Holloway had some difficulty smashing his guitar.
"Nah, I didn't practice. That was a tough guitar, I tell you," Holloway said.
Chris Henderson is the guitarist for 3 Doors Down. While some rock and roll stars are notorious for destroying their guitars on stage, this was a first for the South Mississippi native.
"It kind of hurt my feelings a little bit. I have a love affair with the musical instrument myself, so to smash one wasn't my idea of a good time, but it was fun," Henderson said.
But Chris didn't despair too much over the guitar smashing since it was all for a good cause.
"They were all basically defective guitars that either didn't work or had been turned back in, so they're all defective. So every one that we smashed, we also will donate one to the, one for each to the Biloxi School District," said Joe Billhimer, President of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
Forty guitars were smashed during the event.