Slash And Guitar Center Searching For The Next Great Unsigned Band

Slash And Guitar Center Searching For The Next Great Unsigned Band

April 6, 2010

Guitar Center (, the world’s largest musical instrument retailer, along with guitar legend Slash, is accepting submissions for Guitar Center Presents Your Next Record with Slash, a first-of-its-kind unsigned band competition that is still accepting entries, now through April 30th. The competition provides emerging artists the chance to win the ultimate career-altering opportunity: record a 3-song EP with legendary producer, Mike Clink (Guns N’ Roses, Motley Crue, Megadeth) and have Slash write, record and perform on the winning artists’ single. Unsigned bands across the United States are still invited to submit their music at for a chance to win the aforementioned prize package, which also includes:

– A management development deal with “The Collective” (Linkin Park, Slash, Avenged Sevenfold)
– Feature of winning artists’ single on iTunes
– Worldwide distribution of winning artists’ music through TuneCore
– $10,000 Guitar Center Shopping Spree
– New gear and endorsement deals from Ernie Ball Music Man
– An opening slot on Slash’s Monster Energy Bash
– An editorial feature on the winning band in Guitar World Magazine

A Guitar Center Presents Your Next Record with Slash promo video can be viewed below:

“The response so far has been tremendous and a lot of the music we’ve received sounds amazing but I still want to hear more,” said Slash. “We’re looking to find a great band with some kick ass songs and good energy, who hasn’t been able to get their foot in the door otherwise, and take them to the next level.”

The opportunity coincides with Slash’s first true solo album, which was released today. To kick off his album release, Slash will be the featured performer at Revolver Golden God Awards with several of his album collaborators making special guest appearances. Slash will also make a series of late night performances with talk show hosts Jay Leno, George Lopez and Craig Ferguson.

Slash TV dates to watch (check local listings):
Tuesday, April 6 – The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC)
Thursday, April 7 – Lopez Tonight with George Lopez (TBS)
Thursday, April 7 – Revolver Golden Gods ceremony from Hollywood (airs May 22 on VH1)
Friday, April 8 – Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS)

Focused on delivering the most individual, personal project of his career, Slash enlisted the services of producing partner Eric Valentine (Queens of Stone Age, The All-American Rejects) and compiled a rhythm section of bassist Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction) and drummer Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails). Slash handled the majority of arranging and songwriting duties and hand-picked each guest artist. The album’s guests worked collaboratively with Slash to round out the song. Guest musicians include: Ian Astbury; Chris Cornell; Rocco DeLuca; Fergie; Dave Grohl; Myles Kennedy; Kid Rock; Lemmy Kilmister; Adam Levine of Maroon 5; Duff McKagan; M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold; Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop and Andrew Stockdale of Wolfmother.

Guitar Center Presents Your Next Record with Slash is just one of many Guitar Center initiatives created to foster growth and success within the music community, including its annual King of the Blues, Drum-Off and On-Stage competitions, among others. Guitar Center’s King of the Blues is a nationwide amateur guitar skills competition with the goal of finding the next great undiscovered blues guitar player. As of April 1st, guitarists can sign-up at any of Guitar Center’s 214 stores across the country for the chance to compete for thousands of dollars in prizes and the opportunity to perform at the King of the Blues finals at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, and play on the same stage as Grammy Award-winning guitarist Derek Trucks. Drum-Off is an annual drumming competition that, now in its 21st year, has been a launching pad for many drummers, including Cora Coleman-Dunham and Tony Royster Jr, two Drum-Off winners who have gone on to become highly acclaimed professional drummers (with Prince and Jay Z respectively). Guitar Center On-Stage is a musical competition judged by Motley Crue. The winning band, The Last Vegas, has since gone on to open for Motley Crue on tour and subsequently topped iTunes critics’ 2009 “Rock Singles of the Year List” with their hit single “I’m Bad.”

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