Contest will pick open­ing acts for Bon Jovi tour

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - KICKOFF -

New Jersey­based platinum-sell­ing rockers Bon Jovi are hold­ing a contest to choose bands or singers to open for their up­com­ing tour.

Artists will up­load videos of them­selves per­form­ing orig­i­nal mu­sic, and con­cert pro­mot­ers Live Na­tion will se­lect 10 fi­nal­ists.

Bon Jovi man­age­ment will then pick win­ners from the fi­nal­ists to per­form 20-minute sets.

“Ev­ery great band starts small and builds their rep one show at a time,” Jon Bon Jovi said Tues­day 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.”

The band will be­gin its “This House Is Not For Sale” tour Feb. 8 in Greenville, South Carolina.

En­tries will be judged on en­ter­tain­ment value, cre­ativ­ity and orig­i­nal­ity. No-nos in­clude pro­fan­ity, nu­dity, vi­o­lence, drug or al­co­hol use, com­mer­cial en­dorse­ments of prod­ucts, and dis­par­age­ment of any group of peo­ple.

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