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A chance to open for Gene Simmons

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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gene Simmons is seeking an opening act for his April 8 concert at The Pageant, in conjunction with Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis, and local bands across the area have a chance of a lifetime to be selected.

Wizard World Media Contact Jerry Milani said the concert will take place at 7 p.m. at The Pagent located at 6161 Delmar Blvd. in St. Louis and it’s being held in conjunction with Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis taking place that weekend at America's Center.

“Area bands must submit video links to openingact@wizardworld.com, specifying 'St. Louis Opening Act' in the subject line, by April 3 for consideration,” said Milani. “Simmons will select one group from among the entrants to perform before his show on April 8.”

According to a press release, the winner will be announced live on the KSHE radio station by Simmons at 2:30 p.m. on April 7, the day before the show, and notified by email and/or telephone. The winner will also be posted on the Pageant website and on social media channels.

The winning band should arrive at 6 p.m. on April 8 for a sound check. They will be provided a dressing room and will likely take the stage at 8:30 p.m. The band will be introduced on stage by Gene and each band member will be invited to bring two guests at no charge.

"There is so much talent in St. Louis and this is a great opportunity for regional musicians to be a part of a great event and showcase their talent at a classic venue," said Simmons, who will also appear at Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis on April 7-8. "I'm looking forward to seeing some talented and enthusiastic bands to choose from for what will be a historic night."

There are a few rules for those who are sending in a submission for a chance to perform. The winning bands must be able to perform a set of a minimum of 35 minutes, the band must follow direction of event staff, and be professional at all times. Also the decision of Gene Simmons and Wizard World Management is final.

Doors open for "Wizard World Comic Con: An Evening with Gene Simmons and his band" at 7 p.m. on April 8. Tickets start at $30, with VIP and meet-and-greet packages available. Tickets are available at http://www.thepageant.com.

Fans can also visit http://www.wizardworld.com for tickets and for information about Simmons' appearance at Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis, April 7-8.

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. 

The 2017 Wizard World St. Louis show hours are April 7, 3-9 p.m., April 8, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and April 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis is also the place for cosplay, with fans of every genre showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest April 8. 

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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