Seattle rock band Fall From Grace are the official winners of the first-ever Bodog Music Battle of the Bands. Their win aired live September on the series finale at the House of Blues in Los Angeles on the fuse network. Fans made the ultimate decision by voting via SMS text messaging, and the Seattle-based foursome Fall From Grace was awarded the $1 million dollar Bodog Music record contract. Battle finalists Blaxmyth and Fear Nuttinâ€™ Band also performed at the packed venue.
Musicians and celebrities, such as A. Jay from Lit, John 5, Fletcher Dragge from Pennywise, Scott Shiflett of Viva Death (ex-Face To Face), members of I am Ghost, rock drummer Carmine Appice, Chris Slade (ex-AC/DC), actor Anthony Michael Hall, actress Rena Riffel and Average Joe bachelorette Anna Chudoba, joined Bodog Music Battle of the Bands judges Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols and Public Image Limited (PiL), Billy Duffy of The Cult and punk-goddess/Bodog Music recording artist Bif Naked, along with host Stryker (co-host of syndicated radio show â€œLovelineâ€) at the showâ€™s live finale.
During the competition more than 7,000 bands registered and performed at 350 battle showcases throughout the U.S. The field was then narrowed down to 10 lucky semi-finalists that competed in the Bodog Music Battle of the Bands reality TV series. Over the past four weeks, the 10 bands traveled across the U.S., performing showcases for local fans and completing a series of hardcore challenges designed to test their abilities as a rock band. Eliminating one band each episode, the show featured live performances from the competing artists and criticisms as well as praises brought to them by the panel of expert judges. â€œTour managerâ€ Stryker guided the bands through their collective experience along with a crew of music biz notables, who mentored the musicians on their path to the $1 million grand-prize recording contract and live on-air finale.
â€œOur whole team is stoked that Fall From Grace won the first ever Bodog Music Battle of the Bands. We know that we can really help the band achieve the success that their fans and our audience know they deserve. Weâ€™ll be putting them in the studio to record, and theyâ€™ll be releasing their first Bodog Music album in 2008. Then, its back on the road for those guys,â€ notes Bodog Entertainment Founder Calvin Ayre. â€œNow we are gearing up for the second battle and taking it to Canada and Europe as well as the U.S., so we are sure to find even more great artists for Bodog Music.â€
Submissions are now being accepted for the next Bodog Music Battle of the Bands. For more information and to sign up your band, visit: http://www.newbodogbattle.com/signup/band.php
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About Bodog Music
Bodog Music (www.newbodogmusic.com) is a division of the international digital entertainment giant Bodog Entertainment. With offices in the USA, UK, Canada, and Europe, this record label features a diverse and growing roster of talented musicians, including: The Vincent Black Shadow, Neurosonic, Wu-Tang Clan, Overkill, Nazanin, Bif Naked, Bishop Brigante, Billy Idol, Warren G, Soma City Ward and The Heck. Bodog Music also distributes the Warcon Record Label and several acclaimed global movie soundtracks in Europe, including the Academy Award-winning film Little Miss Sunshine, Nacho Libre and Saw III. For the second year in a row, Bodog Music is looking to award $1 million recording and marketing contracts to the top unsigned bands in the world! With two new competitions â€“ one held in North America and one held in Europe â€“ Bodog Battle will air on major television networks across the globe and online at www.newbodogtv.com. Bodog Music Founder Calvin Ayre, who is recognized as a world authority on branding in the digital entertainment industry, was featured on the cover of Forbes magazine’s best-selling “Billionaires” issue in March 2006. For more information, contact email@example.com. BODOG is a registered trademark of Bodog Entertainment Group.
fuse is a national music television network offering a window into artists and bands, unorthodox music line-ups, unconventional lives and emerging trends. fuse reflects the rapidly changing interests and attitudes of its 12-34 year-old audience providing a destination for discovery and authentic content that pushes boundaries. Viewers can find a multi-media experience combining TV, Web and mobile technologies incorporating their opinions and ideas into the networks programming. Additional information about fuse can be found at www.fuse.tv. fuse is part of Madison Square Garden, L.P., owned by Cablevision Systems Corporation, which includes the New York Knicks (NBA); the New York Rangers (NHL); the New York Liberty (WNBA); the Hartford Wolf Pack (American Hockey League); MSG Entertainment, which includes concerts and events at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, The WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden and the Beacon Theatre; and MSG Media, which is comprised of MSG and FSN New York; and the Madison Square Garden arena complex, located in the heart of the New York metropolitan area.