Music Industry News Network [10-06-2002]

Nearly 700 Bands Enter "Opportunity Rocks" Competition For Chance To Open For The Goo Goo Dolls And Hoobastank


In hopes of winning the once-in-a-lifetime chance to be the opening act for The Goo Goo Dolls and Hoobastank, 691 unsigned bands nationwide entered the first-ever "Opportunity Rocks" competition, sponsored by Nokia and T-Mobile. The nearly 700 entries have been narrowed down to the top-three bands in each region, and the 30 finalists will square off in a live battle-of-the bands competition in 10 cities across the country over the next three weeks.

The three finalists competing in each city are:

Washington, D.C. Atlanta Austin Phoenix
51 Peg Dial 8 Cruiserweight Fourbanger
Army of Me Maypop Isola Lightyear
Jonasay Uncrowned Second Class tickertapeparade

Philadelphia Nashville Minneapolis Seattle
Jonny Lives Jettison Red 8 Casanatra From the Icy Coast
Negative Space Lume Mars to Mercury Mayday
Punchline My Epiphany Shadowbox Sara & Yves

Boston Dallas
Averi Red Tape Poetry
Bradshaw Space Man Spiff
Labb Vibrosound

One of the three competing bands in each city will be selected by a panel of local media to receive a $1,000 cash prize and will also move up to the next stage of the competition. The 10 finalists will be featured online at, where fans can listen to each band's music and view photos before voting for their favorite group. Voting will begin on October 25 and continue through November 8, 2002.

The results of the public vote will determine the grand prize winner, who will open for The Goo Goo Dolls and Hoobastank at an exclusive concert in Los Angeles on November 16, 2002. Nokia and T-Mobile will also award the grand prize winner the opportunity to acquire up to $15,000 worth of music equipment. Tickets for this exclusive event will be distributed at select T-Mobile stores in the Los Angeles area.

For more information about Opportunities Rocks, visit


Copyright © 1997-2018 MusicDish LLC, all rights reserved. Text, graphics, and HTML code are protected by US and International Copyright Laws, and may not be copied, reprinted, published, translated, hosted, or otherwise distributed by any means without explicit permission.