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Hard Rock guitar tower gets approval to replace Mirage volcano

By Rachel Moore,


Clark County commissioners approved plans to replace the Mirage volcano with Hard Rock International's giant guitar-shaped tower in a zoning meeting Wednesday morning.

Las Vegas locals and tourists have had mixed reactions when it comes to replacing the iconic volcano, a staple on the Strip.

"It’s our history," said Tamara Watson, a 26-year resident of Las Vegas. "For it to be turned down and to have a Hard Rock, nothing on the Hard Rock, but it’s a little bit of Vegas Strip’s history that I think is being demolished."

One tourist visiting from the U.K. told Channel 13, "I think that looks really cool and I think a lot of people will really love that!"

Discussions on the drastic change to the Las Vegas skyline came back in 2021 when Hard Rock International purchased the Mirage for $1.075 billion.

In December 2022, executives presented plans to build the 600-room guitar tower and proposed renovations to every part of the property, including the existing hotel of 3,044 rooms. New renderings indicate that the resort will also have a theater with nearly 3,000 seats, new restaurants, shops, and pools.

Hard Rock tells Channel 13 that a timeline for construction is scheduled to be released in late 2023.

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