Slash and Guitar Center Launch Search for Opening Acts

May 1, 2012
Guitar Center and Slash have teamed up to offer an incredible opportunity to twenty unsigned American bands. By submitting an original song at, bands can enter for the chance to open for Slash on his upcoming fall tour, supporting his new album, Apocalyptic Love, out May 22, featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. In the fourth installment of Guitar Center On-Stage, twenty bands hand selected as Slash's opening acts will perform at stops on the tour closest to their hometown. At the closing of the tour, one of the opening bands will be named by Slash as the grand prize winner of Guitar Center On-Stage. 
Not only will the twenty selected bands be opening for one of the world's greatest guitarists, but they will also be receiving a tour support prize pack that includes gear from Ernie Ball, Zoom, Dunlop, Monster Cable, Pro-Mark, and Converse. The top performing band on the tour, as selected by Slash, will be named the grand prize winner and take home $10,000 in guitars from Gibson and Epiphone, a $5,000 shopping spree at Guitar Center, and much more.

How to Enter: Starting today through June 30, 2012, unsigned bands across the United States are invited to submit their unique music track at The twenty bands handpicked by Slash will be announced in August.

Guitar Center On-Stage: Slash Grand Prize Winner to Receive:

    --  $10k in guitars from Gibson and Epiphone
    --  A $5k shopping spree at Guitar Center
    --  New gear and products from Ernie Ball, Zoom, Dunlop, Monster Cable,
        Pro-Mark, Orange County Drums and Percussion, and Converse.

"I'm a strong believer that the best way to get your music heard is to get out there and play shows," said Slash. "There are tons of talented bands that simply don't have the resources to go on tour, so I'm stoked to be able to host them on my tour and at the same time introduce my fans to great, undiscovered artists."

The twenty chosen opening acts will each perform in one of the following markets:

    --  Atlanta, GA
    --  Los Angeles, CA
    --  Austin, TX
    --  Chicago, IL
    --  Cleveland, OH
    --  Dallas, TX
    --  Denver, CO
    --  Detroit, MI
    --  Houston, TX
    --  Indianapolis, IN
    --  Kansas City, MO
    --  Nashville, TN
    --  New York, NY
    --  Norfolk, VA
    --  Oklahoma City, OK
    --  Philadelphia, PA
    --  Phoenix, AZ
    --  San Francisco, CA
    --  Sayreville, NJ
    --  Washington, DC

Guitar Center On-Stage exemplifies Guitar Center's ongoing commitment to developing unique programming that provides musicians with the opportunity and exposure to further their success. Previous editions of Guitar Center On-Stage featured Jane's Addiction, Motley Crue and KISS, with Motley Crue's winning band, the Last Vegas, going on to win iTunes critics' 2009 "Rock Single of the Year" with their hit single "I'm Bad".

Partners include Gibson, Epiphone, Ernie Ball, Zoom, Dunlop, Monster Cable, Pro-Mark, Orange Country Drums and Percussion, TuneCore, Converse, and Whooznxt.
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