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Bon Jovi looking for local bands to open on upcoming tour

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Want to open for Bon Jovi -- including the group's March 29 show at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena?

Now's your chance.

For the third time Bon Jovi is inviting local bands in the city's its playing to enter to open shows on its This House Is Not For Sale Tour. Aspiring arena rockers can upload audition videos beginning now at bonjovi.com/2017-opening-act-contest/ 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 livemu.sc/OACRules.

Winners will be notified beginning Jan. 27, with the Detroit winner getting the good word on or about March 7.

"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.

For information and ticket details on the Joe Louis show, visit olympiaentertainment.com.

Web Site: www.bonjovi.com/2017-opening-act-contest/

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