Sucker box wins local challenge

Hard rock is calling

After battling it out with several of the tops bands in Grand Cayman on Friday, 23 March, Sucker Box emerged victorious in Hard Rock’s Battle of the Bands competition, giving them a chance to take the stage at Hard Rock Calling 2012.

Several hundred residents and visitors gathered at the Hard Rock Cafe on George Town’s waterfront to watch the battle take place after online voting sent Sucker Box, Clever Knots and ThE iZ to the local final. Each band played for one hour, except ThE iZ who did not participate.

After the smoke cleared and the musicians had left it all on the stage, playing sets of mostly original music, there could only be one winner and with their mean guitar chops and spirited delivery, it was evident Sucker Box had definitely brought their A-game.

The win means the band is one step closer to winning a chance for a spot on the bill at the 2012 Hard Rock Calling music festival in London’s Hyde Park, featuring performances by Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, Paul Simon and others to be announced. However, Sucker Box, which is now up against a number of bands, will need the support of the Cayman Islands.

The band will be pitted against other Hard rock Cafe local winners from across the globe. These local winners will be narrowed down to the top 10 bands worldwide via fan voting on Hard Rock’s Facebook pages.

Beginning on 9 April, 2012, at 10am EST, fans may vote and download free tracks from bands of their choice. Once the global voting is complete and the top 10 are chosen, a panel of celebrity judges and music industry professionals, including Steven van Sandt of the E Street Band, John Gourley, singer of Portugal will select the top three winners.

The first place winner will be flown to London for the ultimate rock star treatment. Second and third place winners will receive $5,000 and $2,500, respectively, in ReverbNation Promote It credits, a revolutionary tool that creates targeted, highly effective Facebook advertising campaigns for musicians and venues promoting songs, Facebook pages and concerts.

“We are extremely delighted to have gotten past the first round and hope to see lots of people voting online to keep us in the running for the final rounds of voting,” said Sucker Box Bass guitarist Derrick McKay.

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