“I’m proud of my city Gary, Indiana,” Tito Jackson said. “Being raised here, starting our musical journey here, going to school here, everything about the Jackson 5 and the Jackson family was rooted right here in Gary, Indiana.”
He said the new casino is the start of Gary “doing the moonwalk back to success,” while Marlon Jackson characterized Gary as a diamond in the rough, and added, “You’re getting ready to get polished, baby.”
Not everything inside the Hard Rock Casino was available at its opening due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that forced guests at all Indiana casinos to wear face masks through roughly the first half of the year.
For example, the Hard Rock Live space initially was used as an extension of the gaming floor, housing some 300 slot machines, to ensure sufficient social distancing between casino guests.
That all changed in autumn though when Hard Rock brought online the final — and biggest — piece of its live entertainment offerings at the casino, hosting the Chicago metal rock group Disturbed in Hard Rock Live before some 2,200 fans at a sold-out show Nov. 4.
“Music is inherent in the brand,” said Jeff Clayton, director of entertainment at Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana. “So it’s very important to us that we have a facility here on site that represents that, and we’re very excited to bring some top-notch entertainment to the area.”