ROCKFORD (WREX) — Rock sensation Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick helped announce plans Tuesday to bring a Hard Rock Casino to Rockford.
Hard Rock International announced its intention to submit a proposal to the city of Rockford to develop and operate a Hard Rock Casino to the land next to I-90, the site of the former Clock Tower Resort.
“This is a dream come true,” said Nielsen, who lives in Rockford. “This is not only the best location, it’s the best partner for any community.”
Nielsen, the guitarist for Cheap Trick, said he has his guitars hanging in Hard Rocks around the world and he, “can’t think of a better place to hang one than in Rockford where I grew up and where I live.”
Hard Rock International has venues in 74 countries, including 186 Hard Rock Cafes, 241 Rock Shops, 29 hotels and 12 casinos.
Hard Rock International said it chose Rockford because of its proximity to the interstate, which sees 70,000 cars drive by each day.
“We understand there is a process,” Hard Rock International Chairman Jim Allen said. “one that we have the utmost respect for, and we look forward to working within it over the coming months.”