Earlier this month, Jon Bon Jovi announced on Facebook Live an exciting opening act contest to give bands the chance to open an arena date on Bon Jovi’s This House Is Not For Sale Tour. To enter the competition, thousands of bands uploaded audition videos at BonJovi.com or the Bon Jovi and Live Nation Facebook pages. To pick the winner for each tour date, Live Nation chose 10 finalists and Bon Jovi management selected the contest winner from the shortlist.
Artists can still submit their videos for March 1-April 11 show dates. The submission deadline for Round Three (March 1-March 8 show dates) is February 1 at 12pm PST.
Head over to www.bonjovi.com/tour to get your tickets to the 2017 This House Is Not For Sale Tour.
FIRST ROUND WINNERS
February 8 – Greenville, SC
“I’ve been a Bon Jovi fan all of my life and am thrilled to be sharing the stage with such a rock and roll icon,” said Michael Tracy. “I’m truly grateful for being selected and for Jon’s commitment to providing opportunities to those artists battling in the trenches.”
February 10 – Atlanta, GA
“In addition to being fans of Bon Jovi, the coolest part about winning this contest is the intention and inspiration behind why they put it on in the first place,” said MARADEEN. “It shows an appreciation for every musician’s tenacity as we strive for the chance to have that one moment. They’re paying it forward and taking a chance themselves, as they probably don’t know what to fully expect from the winners. But we can tell you that what they should expect from MARADEEN is our absolute best. We’re gonna give them all one to remember and we, as a band, will be eternally grateful to them for this opportunity.”
February 12 – Sunrise, FL
“Making our first two EPs was easier than finding the words to express our excitement,” said Yardij.
February 14 – Tampa, FL
“We are so incredibly astounded to have this opportunity,” said Hannah Jae. “It is an honor and a dream come true to open for Bon Jovi! We can’t wait!”
February 16 – Birmingham, AL
“Opening for Bon Jovi on the This House is not for Sale Tour certainly for us is like ‘living on a prayer,’” said the Sweet Tea Trio
February 18 – Nashville, TN
“To say what I have to say would take a decade to complete,” said Jake Johnson. “This dream is the summit of the mountain we have been climbing our whole lives, and now it has become a reality. The band and I would like to thank Bon Jovi, Live Nation, and everyone involved in the contest for making this possible. When we were kids, we held broomsticks and imagined the roar of the crowd. On February 18th, we will hear that deafening roar that echoed in our imaginations…but for real.”
February 19 – St. Louis, MO
“It is beyond belief to have this opportunity,” said The Former Me. “Incredibly humbling to see a band of this caliber that hasn’t forgotten where they started give back to striving artists. We’re excited to have the chance to show everyone what we’ve got, hope you’re all ready for it.”