How would your band like to open for Slash? It could happen. The “Guitar Center On-Stage” competition, sponsored by the Guitar Center chain of music stores, will be offering 20 unsigned bands the opportunity to support the former Guns N’ Roses guitarist on his upcoming tour.
“I’m a strong believer that the best way to get your music heard is to get out there and play shows,” said Slash in a statement. “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.”
To enter the contest, you’ll need to submit an original song before June 30 at www.slash.whooznxt.com. Twenty winners will be chosen by Slash to perform at stops on his tour closest to their hometown. At the end of the trek, one of the opening bands will be named by Slash as the grand prize winner of the competition. That winner will receive $10,000 in guitars from Gibson and Epiphone, a $5,000 shopping spree at Guitar Center and new gear and products from Ernie Ball, Zoom, Dunlop, Monster Cable, Pro-Mark, Orange County Drums and Percussion and Converse.
Jian Ghomeshi of CBC’s cultural affairs show “Q” conducted an interview with legendary guitarist Slash during his visit last month to Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The 21-minute chat can be viewed below.
On Sunday, May 13, fans will get an early glimpse of the thunderous power of the band by celebrating the U.S. premiere of the concert special “Slash featuring Myles Kennedy Live: Made in Stoke” airing on HDNet at 8:00 p.m. EDT. Slash and his band tear through cuts spanning his 20-year career with Guns N’ Roses (nine GN’R songs will be featured) as well as songs from Velvet Revolver, Slash’s Snakepit and Slash’s first solo album. Songs performed include “By The Sword”, “Back From Cali”, “Slither”, “Sweet Child ‘O Mine”, “Paradise City” and more that reverberate through the rafters of the sold-out Victoria Hall in Stoke-on-Trent, England, Slash’s birthplace.
On Saturday, May 19, the group will appear on DIRECTV’s The Audience Network for the season premiere of “Guitar Center Sessions” airing at 8:00 p.m. ET. For the first time ever, Slash and the band will perform an acoustic set spanning new songs and classics. Slash and Myles Kennedy also sit down for an intimate behind the scenes interview with renowned music journalist and “Guitar Center Sessions” host Nic Harcourt.
Slash and the band will kick off their headlining U.S. tour tomorrow (May 3) in Baltimore. Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators will also make three festival appearances: Saturday, May 5 at Carolina Rebellion; Saturday, May 19 at Rock On The Range; and Friday, May 25 at Rocklahoma. A special CD release show set fwill also take place on the day the new album ‘Apocalyptic Love’ is released (Tuesday May 22) in New York City at Irving Plaza.