Want to open for Bon Jovi on its upcoming This House Is Not For Sale Tour? Now's your chance.
For the third time the group is inviting local and regional bands in the cities it's playing to enter a contest to open the shows.
Aspiring arena rockers can upload audition videos beginning now at BonJovi.com or via the Bon Jovi and Live Nation Facebook pages. Submissions will be displayed in a live gallery for viewing and sharing. Live Nation will choose 10 finalists, and Bon Jovi management will select the opening act contest winner for each tour date.
All of the musicians who are selected as tour openers will be featured across Live Nation and Bon Jovi's Facebook pages. For rules, visit LiveNation.com. Winners will be notified beginning Jan. 27.
"Every great band starts small and builds their rep one show at a time," Jon Bon Jovi said in a statement. "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."
Bon Jovi held opening act contests for its Have A Nice Day Tour in 2006 and The Circle Tour in 2010. The new tour kicks off Feb. 8 in Greenville, S.C.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.