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July 13, 2006

Even if you suck, you can really mean it

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Zayra Alvarez (pictured above) was lucky to survive a week in which she decided to offer a hamfisted Kinks cover not once but twice. Clearly the black tights go a long way with the judges. And who can blame them? That said, and despite a pending lawsuit, mediocre ratings and a purported "stink of desperation" hanging in the air, Rock Star Supernova features better talent and a better premise than its predecessor Rock Star INXS. Whereas the remaining INXSers had to contend with the shade of Michael Hutchence and their own back catalogue, Supernova's only baggage is their individual notoriety and the odd home-video or two. Otherwise, they have no phantom lead singer they need to clone and, having declared (if not entirely credibly) Supernova is not to be a metal act, no fixed expectation of what their lead singer must be.

Using the massively distributed and massively networked power of weblogging (or "blogging"), Dave Navarro talks back to the haytas.

I have been having a lot of fun reading all the online press about the show. I am amazed by the fact that Reality Blogs and critics spend so much time trashing us. If you think about it, they spend way more time in Rockstarland than the average viewer does. They watch it, write about it, watch again, recap and then go on about how we are "too nice" or that we are whores. HAHAHAHA!!! (At least I am writing about something that I am actually doing.) As for the critics that call us whores, we aren't the ones getting paid to spend hours on something we don't enjoy! I mean, who is the real whore here?

Duran Duran is ably defended in the comments.

I think it's repeating on me Update: Having missed writing about the "obvious and grotesque" spectacle of Rock Star INXS, Tom Breihan considers the mystery of Jason Newsted's involvement in Rock Star Supernova. After all, he "does not need to be doing this sh*t."

In recent years, he's been content to play with the universally respected art-metal band Voivod and swim around in the Scrooge McDuck money-tank he probably has in his back yard. He seemed to be living a pretty great life; he left Metallica at the exact right moment with both his bank account and his credibility intact, and now he gets to do whatever he wants. So why does he want to do this? After fifteen years with one of the most successful bands in the world, you wouldn't think he'd need that reality-TV money unless he's trying to buy an island or some such.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 13, 2006 09:34 AM

Comments

I think that Jason Newstead has a history of climbing on board at the right moment. He joined Metallica just as their commerical popularity commenced, and he jumped off when they descended into pathos. A good reason probably exists in his mind for joining the show at this particular point, but no one will know until he speaks up.

Posted by: agent bedhead [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 13, 2006 02:14 PM

Yeah well Jason Newstead is part of Voivod so cred ain't something he needs. Piggy (RIP) would probably find his involvement in the show most amusing. Its just surreal enough to work.

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 13, 2006 06:21 PM

My limited understanding of Tommy Lee suggests to me he is doing this for fun (yes, a shocking assertion in this cynical age). I suspect the same may be true of the other two as well!

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 13, 2006 06:25 PM