Got what it takes to open for a rock superstar?  Jerm here folks with an update for you on your chance to prove that you do!

Hard Rock Battle of the Bands 2011Hard Rock International is giving local bands the chance to win a spot on the lineup at Hard Rock Calling 2011 in London’s Hyde Park, one of the world’s most anticipated music festivals!  In celebration of the brand’s 40th Anniversary, Hard Rock is launching its first global Hard Rock Battle of the Bands, giving the rock stars of tomorrow the opportunity of a lifetime.
Hard Rock Cafe Tampa is on the hunt for the area’s best talent to perform in Tampa’s first round of the battle, where bands will compete live and be evaluated by a panel of local celebrity judges and area music professionals.
The winner of Hard Rock Cafe Tampa’s Battle of the Bands will be placed in one of four world regional categories, which will be narrowed down by a panel of acclaimed industry experts.  Bands making it to the final phase will be posted on, where fans worldwide will vote on their favorites from each region.
All four regional winners will be flown to London, treated like rock stars and given a spot on the bill at “Hard Rock Calling 2011”, which will take place June 24 through June 26 in London’s Hyde Park.  The band that receives the most fan votes will open for one of the festival’s iconic headliners on the Main Stage at Hard Rock Calling 2011, with the runners-up rockin’ out on the Second Stage.
IF you think you got what it takes to make it to the main stage, then you first must complete an application found at or at the Hard Rock Cafe Tampa hostess stand beginning on Jan 3, 2011. Deadline for application submission is 5 p.m. on Jan. 24   at the Cafe hostess stand.
Chosen applicants will play in a preliminary round on Feb. 24 at 10 p.m. Three bands will be selected to advance to the Finals to take place at Hard Rock Cafe Tampa on Mar. 3. The winner that night will be judged against other winners on and the bands with the most votes from each international region will play at Hard Rock Calling in London in June 2011.
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