Bon Jovi Looking for Local Groups to Open for Them in Honolulu

Media Release:

When Bon Jovi makes their highly anticipated return to Honolulu to perform two back-to-back concerts on Thursday, February 11th and Friday, February 12th, 2010, they will share the stage with up-an-coming Hawaiian bands. The long-awaited concerts, presented by AEG Live and A Tom Moffatt Production, mark the first time since 1987 that Bon Jovi has performed at Blaisdell Arena.

The “Opening Act Contest,” which launches today, is open to all bands in Hawaii. To enter, each band must submit a bio describing the band and their music, along with a CD containing one song no longer than three minutes, and their contact information (name, address, phone number and email) to: Tom Moffatt Productions, 1232 Waimanu Street, Penthouse, Honolulu, HI 96814.

The deadline for receiving submissions is Monday, January 25, 2010.  From the pool of entries, 20 semi-finalists will be selected to send in a video (via YouTube link) for review by a “blue ribbon panel” of local celebrity judges. The top five finalists will be chosen from the 20 semi-finalists, and will have a clip of their video featured on KHON-TV’s “Wake Up 2Day” morning show during the week of February 1, 2009.

On Monday, February 8, 2010, the top five band finalists will be featured live in-studio as part of KHON-TV’s “Wake Up 2Day” show, where the two winners will be announced. A clip of the two winning bands’ videos will be shared on the air, and both bands will be interviewed.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for up-and-coming local bands to share the stage with one of the biggest acts of all time!” says Joe McNamara, General Manager at KHON-TV. “Mahalo to Bon Jovi for letting us offer this to the music community here.”

Tickets for the Bon Jovi concerts can be purchased at the Blaisdell Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, Ticketmaster Express at 866-448-7849 (automated only self service line) or online at Ticketmaster.com.

Tickets are subject to applicable service charges and event time and date are subject to change. Log on to www.bonjovi.com for the most up to date concert and ticket on-sale information.

Bon Jovi’s 11th studio album THE CIRCLE—released November 10th—promptly sailed into the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. Following the Blaisdell Arena performances, Bon Jovi will spend much of the next two years on the road, performing 135 shows in 30 countries. Following in the footsteps of their hugely successful “Lost Highway Tour,” Bon Jovi will draw fans around the world into The Circle, with a residency at London’s O2 Arena in June 2010 before returning to America in the fall for an additional nationwide leg, and further dates well into 2011.

More information on the search for Bon Jovi’s opening act contest can be found at www.myspace.com/bonjoviopeningacthawaii.

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