My, how things change… in the mid-70s, Dr. Hook had to use every trick on the book to be featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Today, the magazine itself is launching a contest that will let one lucky band be featured on the cover of its August issue.
This contest is named after one of The Byrds’ most recognizable tunes (“Do You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star”; Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers do it on the live Pack Up The Plantation disc), and it will let one of twelve unknown bands be featured on the cover of the magazine when the time comes. What’s every bit as important, the band that gets this accolade will also get a contract from Atlantic Records.
The twelve bands that have been chosen for the competition are all listed here. You can read their bios, look at their pictures and listen to them play for free. You will then be able to vote for the one that rocks you more.
The idea is that the eight bands that get the most votes will do some recordings with a professional producer, after which there will be a second round from which the four finalists will emerge. These will then engage into a live “battle of the bands”, and the lucky winner will be announced in June.
Bands today have got it made… just look at how Dr. Hook had to exert themselves to get that far.