Rock Star TV Show Returns With Tommy Lee, Jason Newsted

Who is Supernova, you may ask? It’s a new supergroup featuring drummer Tommy Lee, bassist Jason Newsted and one-time Guns ‘N Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke.

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“Friends of mine, like Slash, Macy Gray, Moby and Rob Zombie, will join us and throw in their two cents about who should stay and who should go,” said [host Dave] Navarro. Tommy Lee added, “[..]Starting a new band with old friends on worldwide television is going to be a blast, and we’re going to pull out all the stops to find the most charismatic and musically talented lead singer to front Supernova.”

I’m a sucker for Rock Star, so I will check this out. However, I expect a lot of performing from the current Supernova members alongside the contestants, since they’re not an established band. The house band, if there is one, should have a reduced role. If they keep the format exactly the same as Rock Star: INXS, I’m probably going to declare “shenanigans”.

Unfortunately for Lee, Newsted, and Clarke, there’s already a band called Supernova. Based on this forum post, it’s unclear whether they’ll try to protect their name.