The Bear Drops For Dick Clark

What could be more heartwarming than 70,000 teddy bears? Why, Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Music Complex of course.

What was once home to the cuddly teddies, Boyds Bear Country in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., was sold to Riptide developers and the 38-acre site will soon be converted to an homage to Dick Clark.

The project, in conjunction with Dick Clark Productions, is planned to include a Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Hotel, fashioned after the Hard Rock Hotel, as well as an enclosed theatre, a museum and a grill, according to The Mountain Press.

An exhibition-style art gallery and museum will focus on the history of rock through the ’80s and feature Dick Clark’s personal memorabilia.

A concert series is in the works for next summer.

Fans will reportedly be able to see different acts every day in the approximately 4,000-seat theatre.

There will be a family-oriented theme with tickets ranging from $19.95 to $49 for all concerts and children 11 and under for $10.

"The ‘American Bandstand’ was the ‘American Idol’ of the past," engineer William Denton told the Press. "I will be able to send my grandkids to the attraction and not have to worry about what they might hear. The possibilities for good things there are just endless."