'It's now or never': West Island band to open for Bon Jovi

WATCH ABOVE: Ahead of evenko's decision, one West Island band tells Global's Felicia Parrillo about 'Livin' on a Prayer' as Bon Jovi's opening act when the American rockers perform at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The group says it's a lesson to 'Never say Good-bye' to your dreams.

Update: West Island band the Record Breakers has been chosen to open for Bon Jovi when the rock band performs at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

The local band will take the stage on April 4 and Travis Cormier will open on April 5.

Original story below:

Performing is something that comes naturally to The Record Breakers.

They’ve been playing together for over three years, but to date, no performance would be as big as the one they’re practicing for. They’ve entered a contest where the grand prize is to open for rock legends Bon Jovi at the Bell Centre on April 4-5.

“It’s a once in a lifetime chance,” said drummer Julian Galasso. “I mean, it’s Bon Jovi — what more can you ask for?”

Bon Jovi is hitting the stage at the Bell Centre April 4 and 5, and they’re looking for two local bands to open their shows.

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“To play the Bell Centre — that’s awesome,” said keyboardist Michael Vallinakis.

“You see the stage and you’re like, that’s where I want to be. That’s the goal.”

The band entered into the contest for a chance to win a 20-minute opening spot for Bon Jovi.

The group, along with dozens of other local bands have also submitted into the contest.

They will be judged and chosen a few days before the shows.

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“To be opening up for a band that will be inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame in a month from now — to be a small opening act — it’s nuts,” said singer and lead guitarist Hayden Rabinovitch.

The band members range in age from 17 to 20. They all work or go to school, but music is their passion.

“Our music is very diverse so we can go from country folk to pretty heavy rock,” said Bella Galasso, singer and acoustic guitarist.

“We would definitely gear towards more of that Bon Jovi style.”

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