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July 06, 2006



Ten long months of suffering are now assuaged with the premiere of Rock Star Supernova. My worries that Mark Burnett Super Genius might not be able to carry on the franchise after J.D. Fortune definitively resolved its founding premise turned out to be unfounded. In fact, Tommy Lee is a much more personable and engaging character than the sometimes sourpuss INXS. And the Brooke Burke/Dave Navarro duo are much more important to the format than I had given them credit. This time out the aim is not to replace a lead singer for a classic act but to complete the line up with a singer for an all new act. Or rather, as all new as a band can be featuring Mötley Crüe's Tommy Lee, Metallica's Jason Newsted and Guns 'N Roses' Gilby Clarke.

"It is different from INXS, because here are three very different guys from large bands," Tommy tells ET. "INXS was cool. They had a background of music. This is brand-new, but really exciting. I don't know what it is going to be like. We are writing music and recording, but we don't have a singer yet. Who knows what is going to happen? I like a surprise."

The new cast of characters is promising. Former Cleavage front-man Lukas Rossi means Toronto's Queen West black clothes scene will once again be represented to the world. He shall go far. Despite my (perfectly reasonable) tendency to side with impish bald guys Á Móti Sól lead singer, Magni Asgeirsson suffered from a rock and/or roll Euro-twitch and was unconvincing. If this was Dark Wave Supernova he would have probably kicked ass. As it is, I expect he shall be returning to Reykjavik presently. Dilana Robichaux had a scary intensity. Check her out at the Prime Time Steak House if you are local to Houston (no cover!). Zayra Alvarez is this year's Daphna Dove; an obvious hit with the judges but for reasons that do not have much to do with the show.

Early contenders for the top spot: Juke Kartel's Toby Rand from Melbourne. Great voice and probably a good fit for Supernova's over-the-top personalities. And finally, Flea-fav Storm Large (pictured above). She has pretty much everything. Including her real name, apparently. Hmm.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 6, 2006 09:54 AM


This post gave me vertigo. I must say though that Gilby Clarke will never compare to the likes of Izzy Stradlin.

Posted by: agent bedhead [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 6, 2006 12:22 PM

I should confess I did not know Gilby Clarke was until watching the show. He seems like a nice enough fellow and probably less exhausting to hang out with than Tommy Lee who seems to have a permanent coffee buzz.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 6, 2006 04:09 PM

Gilby is a laid-back guitar-master. I have seen him live and he just lets his guitar do the talking. So do any of them have a great voice?

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 7, 2006 06:54 AM

I may have to watch an episode, if only to see Mr Cleavage. Last time I saw him, he was flirting with me at the Rivoli.

Posted by: cm [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 8, 2006 02:54 PM