Bon Jovi Announce Opening Act Contest

Bon Jovi are giving local bands the chance of a lifetime

Hey local bands, ready for your big break?

Jon Bon Jovi just announced a contest that will allow local bands across the country (including right here in San Diego) to upload an audition video to open a show on the band’s upcoming national 2017 This House Is Not For Sale Tour.

Needless to say, this could be a massive opportunity for one lucky San Diego act when the multi-Grammy-winning band hits SDSU’s Viejas Arena on March 5. If there were ever a battle-of-the-bands contest to enter, this might just be the one.

According to a Live Nation press release, Bon Jovi’s all about helping out local, independent artists.

“Every great band starts small and builds their rep one show at a time,” the frontman said. “That’s the opportunity we were given and now we want to pay it forward. If you’re ready for the arena stage, submit your audition tapes and join us in playing for the best audiences in rock music.”

Any artist with original music can enter the contest, although you best be ready to bring a real experience to the stage: “[Winners] chosen will demonstrate that they have the sound, style, and substance to open an arena show,” the press release read.

Here’s the rundown: To enter, acts must submit an audition video of original music to this site, or the Bon Jovi or Live Nation Facebook pages. Submissions will be displayed in a live gallery for viewing and sharing. Live Nation will then choose 10 finalists and Bon Jovi management will select the opening act contest winner for each tour date.

For the March 5 show here in San Diego, the winner will be announced on Feb. 8, so if you plan on auditioning, submit your video ASAP!

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