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Gene Simmons Seeks Local Talent For Event

Published on April 25th, 2017 | Updated on April 25th, 2017 | By FanFest

It’s the chance of a lifetime for musicians all across Greater Philadelphia, as famed Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gene Simmons and Wizard World seek an outstanding local band to perform as one of the opening acts for “Wizard World: An Evening with Gene Simmons and His Band,” Friday, June 2, beginning at 8 p.m. The concert will take place at The Trocadero Theatre (1003 Arch St. in Center City), and will be held in conjunction with Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia taking place that weekend at Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Gene Simmons, Wizard World Philadelphia
Gene Simmons to rock out during Wizard World Philly weekend. Credit: Wizard World

Area bands must submit video links to, specifying “Philadelphia Opening Act” in the subject line, by May 19 for consideration. Simmons will select one group from among the entrants to perform before his show on June 2. “There is so much talent in Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia on Friday and Saturday, June 2-3. “I’m looking forward to seeing some talented and enthusiastic bands to choose from for what will be a historic night.”

Gene Simmons, Wizard World Philadelphia
Gene Simmons. Credit: Wizard World

The winner will be announced via media and on Wizard World social media channels on May 26, and notified by email and/or telephone. The winner will also be posted on The Trocadero Theatre website and on its social media channels on that date. The winning band should arrive at 6 p.m. on June 2 for sound check. They will be provided a dressing room and will likely take the stage at 8:30 p.m. Each band member will be invited to bring two guests at no charge.


The winning bands must be able to perform a set of a minimum of 35 minutes.

The winning band must follow direction of event staff, and be professional at at all times.

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 Friday, June 2. Tickets start at $38, with VIP and meet-and-greet packages available. Tickets are available at Fans can also visit for tickets and for information about Simmons’ appearance at Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia, June 2-3. See you there!

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