Local bands: Want to open for Bon Jovi in Tampa?
Local bands, get ready for the gig of a lifetime.
Bon Jovi has launched a contest to let local and regional bands open an arena slot on their upcoming tour, which includes a stop at Tampa's Amalie Arena on Feb. 14.
Here's how it works: Visit the contest page or the Facebook pages for Bon Jovi or Live Nation. Live Nation will pick 10 finalists, and Bon Jovi's management team will pick a winner. If you win, you'll find out on or around Jan. 27.
Technically, this will be the second time a local act has opened for Bon Jovi recently. In November, local singer-songwriter Steve Cary opened for Jon Bon Jovi during his rally with then-vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg.
-- Jay Cridlin