(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —
XM Satellite Radio has joined forces with rock icons Bon Jovi with a contest that will give 24 unsigned bands in 17 cities the opportunity to open for Bon Jovi at select concert stops on their Have A Nice Day World Tour, beginning November 7. The grand prize-winning band will receive a demo deal with AEG Records and another chance to open for Bon Jovi, this time at Giants Stadium next summer.
To enter, unsigned bands living within 100 miles of the concert city must complete a brief application and upload one song at http://bonjovi.xmradio.com/. A panel of XM's in-house music experts will review all submissions and select the bands — one for each performance –to play in front of the sold out crowds. Each band will then be entered into the semi-finals where a grand-prize winner will be picked.
The eligible Bon Jovi tour cities for the "Have a Nice Gig" contest during November and December are:
November 26 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
December 2-3 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center
December 6 Pittsburgh, PA Melon Arena
December 7 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
December 9-10 Boston, MA TD BankNorth Garden
December 12 Albany, NY Pepsi Arena
December 14-15 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
December 17 Washington, DC MCI Center
December 19, 21-22 Meadowlands, NJ at Continental Airlines Arena
–Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner