Mar 15, 2017

Bon Jovi Announces Opening Act Contest Winner For Performance at Xcel Energy Center

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In January, 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/2017-opening-act-contest 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. After an intense competition, hometown group Step Rockets has been chosen as the winner of Bon Jovi's opening act contest for Saint Paul. In addition to opening for Bon Jovi on March 27, the band will also be featured across Live Nation and Bon Jovi's Facebook pages.

"We are so incredibly grateful and excited for the opportunity to grace the same stage as these living legends," said Joshua Schmidt of Step Rockets. "Our journey as a band has had its twists and turns but these special moments remind us why we rock and roll! We can't wait to share our music with all the Jovials."

It is the third time in recent years that the Grammy Award®-winning band has invited local and regional artists to share the stage (2006's Have A Nice Day Tour and 2010's The Circle Tour). Those chosen will demonstrate that they have the sound, style, and substance to open an arena show. A different artist(s) will open for Bon Jovi on each one of the Live Nation-promoted concerts.

The This House Is Not for Sale Tour is Bon Jovi's first outing since the band's 2013 Because We Can World Tour, which was their third tour in six years to be ranked the #1 top-grossing tour in the world (a feat accomplished only by The Rolling Stones previously). On tour, the iconic rock band will present anthems, fan-favorites, and new hits from their newly released 14th studio album, This House Is Not for Sale (Island/UMG). Tour dates are on sale now at LiveNation.com and through participating venue Box Offices. Bon Jovi Fan Club tickets, including exclusive VIP packages are on offer now as well.

Visit bonjovi.com for updated information.

ABOUT BON JOVI: Over an illustrious career spanning more than three decades since their formation in 1983, Bon Jovi has earned their place among global rock royalty. With over 130 million albums sold worldwide, an extensive catalog of hit anthems, and more than 2,800 concerts performed in 50 countries for more than 35 million fans, Bon Jovi is the consummate rock and roll band. Prior to 2013's "Because We Can" world tour securing the highest grossing tour of the year, Bon Jovi earned the No. 1 grossing worldwide tour in 2010 for "The Circle Tour," which grossed $201 million total, and 2008's "Lost Highway" tour, which grossed $210.6 million. For more information on Bon Jovi, visit BonJovi.com.

ABOUT LIVE NATION ENTERTAINMENT:
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world's leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Live Nation Media & Sponsorship and Artist Nation Management. For additional information, visit livenationentertainment.com.

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