Ask any garage-rocking musician what they wish for the most and, besides riches/fame/money/cars and other material possessions, it's probably a chance to talk to one of their musical heroes and get some tips on how to really make it in the music business.
Enter VH1's "Make a Band Famous," , which will kick off with a 24-hour livestream event at 8 p.m. tonight (June 11) hosted by All-American Rejects singer Tyson Ritter. One of the best parts of the 24-band competition show will be the panel of celebrity mentors on-hand to offer advice to the bands. The list includes: Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy, Daughtry singer Chris Daughtry and platinum-dipped singer/songwriter Bonnie McKee ("California Gurls," "Teenage Dream").
They'll work alongside the group of big-name judges: international pop star and Grammy nominee Natasha Bedingfield, Justin Timberlake/Maroon 5 musical director Adam Blackstone, YouTube singing sensation Kurt Hugo Schneider and Rooney singer/composer/producer Robert Schwartzman. Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump and Pete Wentz (who will appear on the show alongside Benji and Joel Madden, Ed Sheeran and Colbie Caillat) have already warned the acts that this competition will not be easy.
“We’re going to randomly dissassemble the bands and put them together like a crazy collage, we’re going to make 12 bands and make six bands,” Stump said. “We’ll call them ‘superbands.’” Viewers will be able to watch it all, including performances, interviews, live views of the green room, the judges’ opinions and the groups’ anxiety as they compete for their big break.
Be sure to watch all the action and vote for your favorite artist starting tonight at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT at: MakeABandFamous.VH1.com.
The last band standing after the uncensored, uncut livestream will play a live showcase at Brooklyn’s Northside Festival, get a boost from “VH1 You Oughta Know” program and sign with Republic Records.