Guitar Center Presents Your Next Record with Slash


Guitar Center, the world’s largest musical instrument retailer, today announced that Guitar Center Presents Your Next Record with Slash, a first-of-its-kind unsigned band competition, has received more than 8,000 submissions from unsigned bands across the country, in its first month alone. 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. Through April 30th, 2010, 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 here at

“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 what will be Slash’s first true solo album. Slash announced today his CD, SLASH, will release in April 2010. The album features an all-star roster of guest musicians including Ian Astbury, Chris Cornell, Rocco DeLuca, Fergie, Dave Grohl, Myles Kennedy, Kid Rock, Lemmy Kilmeister, 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. 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.”


Converse, Journey, Guitar Center and have teamed up to offer a great opportunity for bands on the rise. The Get Out of Your Garage Contest offers several prizes and tons of free band exposure to anyone who participates. Last year’s winner, Flying Machines (who you can see in our mixed notes section of this month’s issue), is now signed to EMI and is constantly on tour. This is a great FREE opp, so submit your band before the Nov. 22 deadline. For more information simply visit

Showcase your inner rock star with the Lips Open Mic Contest

Xbox and Zune are looking for the next great musical talent, and have created an chance for aspiring artists to create and submit an original song, withthe winning submission gaining musical immortality as a download in “Lips,” the Xbox 360 singing video game, along with a free trip to LA for Warped tour and prizes from Xbox and Zune

The contest is accepting entries until March 13, 2009, and aspiring artists can submit a video of their original song here:

The Lips Open Mic Contest presented by AT&T provides a stage for aspiring musicians to realize their dreams of making it big. People all across the country could be singing your song in their living rooms with friends and family on Xbox 360! The grand prize winner will get the opportunity to have their song song made available as a free “Lips” download. All U.S. residents 18 and older can enter by composing an original song (score and lyrics) and submitting a video of the performance to Submissions are now open through March 13th.

After March 13th a panel of judges will narrow down the competition to the five best songs. These five finalist videos will be posted on Xbox LIVE and on April 10th, where U.S. residents can take the judge’s seat and vote for their favorite song to decide the winner. AT&T users can double their votes by texting their favorite to 991!

The entrant with the winning song will win a trip to Los Angeles, tickets to the Warped Tour on August 23rd, a flat screen TV, an Xbox 360 console, a Zune 120 GB digital media player, and the opportunity to have his or her song immortalized as a free “Lips” download from Xbox LIVE, allowing anyone with the game to test their chops and sing along. The four runners-up will receive an Xbox Elite 360 console, a Zune player and more great prizes.

Deadline for entries is March 13th. For full details including eligibility requirements, important content and technical requirements for entries and judging criteria, see the Official Rules at:

Are you a musician under 19 years old?

If you’re a metal drummer upset that there isn’t a competition for you to win, stop worrying. Sick Drummer magazine is starting an online contest called The Blast-Off Drum Competition. Metal drummers can upload a three-minute (or less) video of their best solo performance. Entries will then be judged by rockers like former Malevolent Creation’s Dave Culross. Two winners will be selected and they won’t only get a mention in the January issue of the magazine, but they’ll also take home a set of bass-drum pedals. A pair of second-place winners will pocket a gift pack from Hudson Music. Head to for more details.