|Bon Jovi announces second 'Have a Nice Gig' winner
Las Vegas rockers Ashbury have emerged victorious from the second round of Bon Jovi's "Have a Nice Gig" competition, and will now open for Bon Jovi at an upcoming stadium show.
In addition to opening Bon Jovi's July 19 concert at New Jersey's Giants Stadium, Ashbury has also won itself a demo recording contract. The group learned the news during a Friday (4/28) appearance on Las Vegas radio station Mix 94.1 (KMXB-FM), where the group had been lured under the guise of an interview about an upcoming gig.
"Gentlemen of Ashbury, just wanted to congratulate you on your victory and welcome you officially to the tour," Jon Bon Jovi said in surprise recording that the station played on air during Ashbury's appearance. "You'll be playing one of three nights with us at Giants Stadium. Congratulations. I hope that one day you're gonna pass the baton on to a band like yourselves."
Ashbury beat out hundreds of unsigned Las Vegas acts who competed in the "Have a Nice Gig" competition to open Bon Jovi's March 11 show at Vegas' MGM Garden Arena. That win qualified them to compete against 26 other winning bands from the second leg of Bon Jovi's sold-out "Have A Nice Day" World Tour. Those 27 acts were narrowed down to a small group of semifinalists via roughly 750,000 votes that fans cast through an exclusive LiveDaily.com poll, and the semifinalists were then delivered to Bon Jovi in Japan, where Jon Bon Jovi and guitarist Richie Sambora selected Ashbury as the grand-prize winners.
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