Atlanta's UNCROWNED Wins National Rock Competition

UNCROWNED, an unsigned band based in Atlanta, has won the "Shot at the Cabo Wabo" national battle-of-the-bands competition. Beating out more than 250 of the country's hottest unsigned bands, UNCROWNED won an all-expense paid trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and will perform both nights (October 8 and 9, 2004) at the Cabo Wabo Meltdown at the Cabo Wabo Cantina. As grand-prize winners, UNCROWNED will also receive $14,000 worth of studio/production time.

"Playing the Cabo Wabo Meltdown is a truly awesome opportunity for any band," said Brian Siemienas, director of marketing for Hard Rock International. "We joined with Cabo Wabo Tequila to find a way to recognize the nation's best unsigned bands and give them the opportunity to perform with some of music's top artists. Hard Rock is thrilled to be able to recognize UNCROWNED's passion, and hopefully help the band on its path to stardom."

This year's Cabo Wabo Meltdown will feature headliners SAMMY HAGAR AND THE WABORITAS preceded by J Records recording artists SILVERTIDE. Special guests scheduled to perform this year include Chad Smith from the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, Jerry Cantrell of ALICE IN CHAINS, Billy Duffy from THE CULT and Chad Kroeger from NICKELBACK.

"It is my absolute pleasure to give young bands support," stated Hagar. "We plan on watching UNCROWNED heat up our Meltdown fans and make them their own."

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During April and May, select Hard Rock Cafes in 20 U.S. cities each hosted four intense rounds of live regional competitions. Rock fans nationwide voted for their favorite bands on-line at www.hardrock.com to narrow the competition down to six finalists. Finally, a panel of celebrity and music industry judges, including Sammy Hagar, picked the winning band.

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