Your band could open for Motley Crue

Open for us! Wait, that doesn't sound right
Open for us! Wait, that doesn't sound right

Want to face a sea of crazed rock fans waiting for Motley Crue? Of course you do! And here's your chance: Guitar Center and Motley Crue have partnered for Guitar Center On-Stage, which will provide one up-and-coming band the ultimate, career-altering opportunity - to open on tour for the Crue.

Until September 21 2008, bands across the US can submit their music for a shot at a prize package that includes an opening slot on Motley Crue's 2009 US tour, $25,000 cash, $20,000 in new gear from Gibson Guitar, management from Tenth St. Entertainment and a recording deal from Eleven Seven Music, Motley's management and record label.

Fans can vote for their favorite bands between August 4 and September 28. Then a judging panel of industry professionals will review the top bands, selecting 30 acts to advance to regional evaluation events held in mid-October at Guitar Center locations in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

After narrowing the list to the top six bands at the regional events, Guitar Center will host a final round of evaluation on November 12, 2008 at Guitar Center Hollywood, where each of the six bands will perform live for members of Motley Crue.

The Crue will call you

One band will be notified via a personal phone call from a member of Motley Crue that they have been chosen as the winner and that the grand prize. (And hey, don't pull pranks on your friends imitating Tommy Lee. On the other hand, that sounds like fun.)

"Our partnership with Guitar Center gives us the opportunity to help an up-and-coming band by giving them every element needed to succeed," says Crue guitarist Mick Mars. "We're looking for the next generation's great rock band."

Click here to enter the contest. Or if you simply want to check out the bands and vote, that's cool too.

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.