8/23/2005 8:04:49 AM

BandMerch, the first “artist-driven” merchandising company, has teamed up with thrash metal forebearers Anthrax to offer the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for one lucky fan to play on stage with the band in New York on their forthcoming tour. The grand prize for BandMerch’s “Anthrax Demo Song” contest also includes the chance to have an original demo song critiqued by the rap-metal pioneers, a Washburn Scott Ian Signature Guitar worth $1,499, and an exclusive endorsement deal with Washburn guitars.

“Playing side-by-side with rock legends like Anthrax is every fan’s fantasy. We love being able to make these dreams come true for dedicated, hardcore fans that really deserve this kind of break,” said BandMerch VP Marketing Keith Chagnon. “This is what BandMerch is all about – creating opportunities for both the artist and fan.”

The contest, starting Friday, July 29, 2005, marks the release of Anthrax’s new Live and two-disc Anthology sets. To enter, fans must order the new CDs and a special T-shirt online in a special combo package deal offered on BandMerch. ( Anyone purchasing the “bundle” can send in one demo, which will be judged by the band and BandMerch staff. The contest ends September 26, 2005 and the winner will be announced one week later.

For aspiring rockers, this is a chance to see what they are truly made of and potentially reap the benefits of professional musicianship – the endorsement deal includes “endorsed artist” prices on future Washburn purchases, a listing on Washburn’s website with a bio and photo as well as permission to use Washburn’s logo on their own promotional materials.

This is the most spectacular payoff of any BandMerch contest so far, which in the past have included bands like Megadeth and OTEP. BandMerch has proven themselves the leader in exclusive merchandising, offering fans incredible opportunities to bond with their favorite bands – in this case ON STAGE!

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