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Rock Star Supernova

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Formed: 2006
From: United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Rock Star Supernova News

Below is our complete Rock Star Supernova news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Gilby Clarke Talks Rock N' Roll Fantasy Camp, GNR

Jason Price of Live-Metal.Net recently got a chance to sit down with Gilby Clarke to discuss musical roots, his upcoming musical endeavors, his new role as a "Rock N' Roll Fantasy Camp Counselor" and even a little Chinese Democracy. Here are some excerpts:

On Rock N' Roll Fantasy Camp:

Live-Metal.Net: Currently you are on tour as a counselor for the Rock N' Roll Fantasy Camp, how did you become involved with the program?

Gilby Clarke: Actually a bunch of my friends have always been a part of it. Teddy Andreadis who used to play keyboards for Guns N' Roses, and Bruce Kulick have done it. Whenever they talk about it they always have great things to say about it and how it not only gives back to people who aren't professional musicians and the way it gives back to the musicians themselves. They get a sense of accomplishment working with people. I went down to Los Angeles to audition and I had a great time! I thought that the people were really fun and I just really enjoyed the whole process.

Live-Metal.Net: I would imagine that having experience on the production side of things probably lends itself pretty well to this project by putting all your expertise to work in a classroom setting.

Gilby Clarke: Yeah it definitely is a good experience for everyone involved.

Live-Metal.Net: What are you looking forward to the most about the Rock N' Roll Fantasy Camp tour?

Gilby Clarke: It is mostly about just talking to people. As a musician, you surround yourself with other musicians, so it is very easy to lose touch. What is really great about this is that you are one-on-one with people and get to hear what they are inspired by. I have never been one of those musicians that follows a trend. It always bothers me when I hear other artists saying "Do this for the fans. Give them what they want." I just don't think that is really an artist. Being an artist is creating something original and you get fans from that. So it is always nice to get a little feedback, some honest feedback. That is another thing that is really great about this.

On the Future of Supernova:

Live-Metal.Net: Rock Star Supernova reunited back in May of 2008 for a benefit. Is there any chance we might see you all back together again sometime soon?

Gilby Clarke: It is kind of funny because we never officially pulled the plug on it. It was a project and Tommy (Lee) and I will always be friends. I just don't think it is anyone's priority at this point. I think we gave it our best shot and there were some things that were successful about it and some things that weren't. I don't think it will ever really go away but over time we may forget about it. At this point, you never really know what will come up.

On Chinese Democracy:

Live-Metal.Net: I have a habit of throwing this one in here. When do you think that Chinese Democracy will be released?

Gilby Clarke: There was point there, I have to tell you, that I was absolutely sure it was coming out but at this point I have no idea. I am just like every other person and I am a fan of GNR's music but I have no idea. I have heard a couple songs just like everybody else and I am just as curious as everybody else. I am really curious to see what kind of music you break up a really good band for.

Live-Metal.Net: Is there anything else you want to add?

Gilby Clarke: I think that is about it. I think there is a really interesting vibe right now, we just have to be patient and hopefully we will get some good records out of it.

Read the full article at Live-Metal.net.

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Rock Star Supernova Frontman Speaks Out

Ben Rayner of the Toronto Star recently conducted an interview with ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA frontman Lukas Rossi. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

On ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA coming to an end this past spring after dismal sales of its debut album and disastrous concert reviews:

"It takes a chunk out of you, man. I'm not gonna lie. I thought it was gonna go on longer. I think my ego got blown a little out of proportion after it was all said and done, and coming back down to earth is obviously where I belong. Coming off that tour, it was like: 'Where's all the glory?' But I like it where I am right now. If I have to pay my dues until I die, that's the way God wants it to be."

On weaving his way across Canada on a small-venue acoustic tour that brings him to Lee's Palace in Toronto Sunday night (November 25):

"It's not really an adjustment. I've always been a really hard worker. In my other bands, no one did shit for us. It's just as hard on my wife [former porn star Kendra Jade] as it is on me. I failed my driver's test four times so, unfortunately, she's been having to do all the driving. She basically tour-manages and handles all the crazy people and so forth that I can't. ... She's good support. We get hard on each other sometimes – it's pretty grueling, driving and playing, driving and playing, especially in the winter. I'm sick now and I have 10 shows in a row to do. But the fans are waiting, man, so it's my pleasure to do it."

On ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA's possible comeback:

"It actually felt like a real band. I thought it was gonna go on much longer. But at the end of the tour, everyone just kind of went off and started deejay-ing or whatever [apparently referring to ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA drummer Tommy Lee]. I don't know what that's about, but let 'em do what they want. I'd just started to fire. I'm ready to start rockin'. I'm just getting my feet wet and I've got no time to relax. I don't have time to make pit stops. I'm not a deejay.

"All these [solo acoustic] shows in Canada are sold out, man, and they're not there to see Tommy Lee. They're there to see me. And that's a good feeling." More...

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Gilby Clarke Still In Rock Star Supernova

Gilby Clarke has shot down reports that he has left Rock Star Supernova. Earlier this week ET Canada reported Clarke had left the band and vocalist Lukas Rossi stated they would soon re-name the group.

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Gilby Clarke Leaves Rock Star Supernova

Gilby Clarke has reportedly left Rock Star Supernova. No reason for the departure has been given, although disappointing sales, less than 56,000 in the US, are believed to have contributed to the decision.

According to front-man Lukas Rossi, the band will change their name and are currently writing for a new album.

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Rossi Predicts Long Future For Rock Star Supernova

Rock Star Supernova frontman Lukas Rossi spoke with the Boston Herald in a Q&A, and asked the Canadian if he's thought much about the future of the band, as in another tour and another record. "You know, brother, you're the first to ask about the next record," Rossi responded. "I've done a thousand interviews and no one has asked about the next record. No one seems to get it. We're going to be around a long time. We're going to be a force to be reckoned with. And I'll tell you this, there's going to be a lot more of me on the next record."

Read the full article at Boston Herald.

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Rock Star Supernova Perform On CD USA

Rock Star Supernova's performance on CD USA on New Year's Eve featured 'Underdog', 'Leave The Lights On', 'Headspin', 'Can't Bring Myself To Light This Fuse', and 'Be Yourself (And 5 Other Cliches)'. You can watch the performances and an interview at boredandgorgeous.com.

In related news, Rock Star Supernova frontman Lukas Rossi was videotaped accepting a gold record plaque for Canadian sales of the band's self-titled debut album at the SonyBMG Canada offices. You can watch footage here.

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Gilby Clarke Retrospective Album Due In January

Gilby Clarke is to have a self-titled retrospective album released by Spitfire at the end of January. It includes tracks from all of the former Guns N' Roses guitarist's solo albums. Clarke is now with Rock Star Supernova, also featuring Tommy Lee and Jason Newsted.

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Rock Star Supernova Featured On Who's Next

Yahoo! Music's Who's Next features Rock Star Supernova in an interview and performances. You can watch the interview and performances of 'It's All Love' and 'Be Yourself & 5 Other Clichés'.

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Dave Navarro Complains About Supernova Promotion

The Panic Channel guitarist Dave Navarro checked in with fans on his blog at 6767.com, not happy about the promotions for Rock Star Supernova's just-released debut album. "The Supernova record is out today. Does ANYONE know about that," Navarro asked. "I just went to iTunes and noticed that there isn't even one comment up. Now, I have been complaining about the state of the music industry for a long time... About how major record labels don't stand behind their bands anymore but this is ridiculous. This is a new band that is full of platinum selling artists and the final winning singer from a high rated, network talent search summer series that cost millions to produce. CBS and MBP basically put together one of the most expensive ramp ups in album release history and so far, I haven't seen a single add or alert about this album. Now, the band will be fine. They are going out on a huge tour and will gain plenty of momentum I am sure. My point is, if this is the way Epic is going to treat these guys, how do we expect any major to really get behind a band that is new, fresh and totally unknown?"

Rock Star Supernova, moved less than 17,000 copies in its debut week, landing them the No. 101 position on the Billboard Top 200 Albums.

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Metal On The Charts For The Week Of Nov. 27

Killswitch Engage holds the No. 32 slot on the Billboard 200 with 60,000 units of their latest, 'As Daylight Dies', sold. The "supergroup", Rock Star Supernova, moved less than 17,000 copies landing them the No. 101 position. P.O.D.'s greatest hits holds the No. 152 spot with 10,000 units.

Sales were up 36% from last week and are the same compared to the same week last year. Overall sales for 2006 are down 5% with 485.7 million units.

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Lee's Sexist Remarks Fuel Supernova Theorists

Conspiracy theorists who think 'Rock Star Supernova' had a winner selected before the show even began can point to Tommy Lee's comments in the December issue of Blender magazine. The Motley Crue and Supernova drummer initially commented on winner Lukas Rossi how he hoped the Canadian singer "adapts - some don't and they get this dreaded disease called LSD: Lead Singer Disease. They turn into fu**ing jerk-offs." Lee then raised eyebrows contemplating a band led by the show's runner-up, Dilana Robichaux. "Could you imagine a lead singer with the dreaded lead-singer disease and a girl who's on the rag," Lee asked. "Can you imagine?! I wonder which one's worse. That would be good, an egotistical female singer who's having a that-time-of-the-month-thing -- hah, that would be some fireworks. A reality show you could film only once a month."

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Hear Rock Star Supernova's Debut Album Online

MSN Sympatico is hosting an online listening party for Rock Star Supernova's self-titled debut album. You can listen to the 11 tracks, in full, here.

As previously reported, with regular bassist Jason Newsted sidelined for up to nine months with arm and shoulder injuries, Rock Star Supernova has tapped former Black Crowes bassist Johnny Colt as a temporary replacement.

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Rock Star Supernova Taps Black Crowes Bassist

With regular bassist Jason Newsted sidelined for up to nine months with arm and shoulder injuries, Rock Star Supernova has tabbed former Black Crowes bassist Johnny Colt as a temporary replacement.

Colt will assume his new duties when the fledgling supergroup--which also features Motley Crue's Tommy Lee and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, in addition to frontman Lukas Rossi--kicks off its first tour with a two-night stand in Las Vegas beginning on New Year's Eve.

"Johnny's the guy," Lee said in a press release. "Gilby and I have known him for a long time. He's the kind of player that can plug in and immediately make his presence felt. You'll know what I mean when you see us live. We're ready to roll, folks."

Newsted, formerly of Metallica, recently suffered his injuries while trying to catch a 90-pound bass head that fell from atop his amplifier. The accident resulted in a torn anterior labrum in his left shoulder and a rotator cuff and bicep tear in the right. The combination of surgery and subsequent rehab could keep him out of the band's lineup for up to nine months.

"I'm freaking out, my heart was set on finally getting on the road with these guys but my main focus now is to build myself back to 100 percent," Newsted said in a press statement after the injury. "The stage is set for the band, I wish them the best of luck."

The group's self-titled debut album, which was recorded with producer Butch Walker (Avril Lavigne, Bowling For Soup), is due in stores Nov. 21.

Rockstar Supernova kicks off an extensive US tour on New Year's Eve this year. Here are the tour dates: More...

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Rock Star Supernova Lose Jason Newsted

Rock Star Supernova have suffered a major setback with the loss of bassist Jason Newsted. The former Metallica member is scheduled for immediate surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder and a rotator cuff and bicep tear in the right. Newsted suffered the injuries while trying to catch his 90-pound bass head that had fallen from his amp. The surgery and rehab could have him sidelined for up to nine months.

"I'm freaking out," says Newsted, "My heart was set on finally getting on the road with these guys, but my main focus now is to build myself back to 100%. The stage is set for the band, I wish them the best of luck."

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Supernova Change Name To Include "Rock Star"

In the wake of a recent court order that barred it from using the name Supernova, the band that was recently staffed with a vocalist via the CBS-TV talent/reality show "Rock Star: Supernova" has a new moniker.

Under a settlement the band and the TV show producers reached with a Southern California group that was already using the Supernova name, the new band--featuring Tommy Lee, Jason Newsted, Gilby Clarke and new vocalist Lukas Rossi--will now be known as Rock Star Supernova.

The band has already updated its official website to reflect the new name.

In other news, the first two tracks from Rock Star Supernova--"It's All Love" and "Be Yourself & 5 Other Cliches"--have been recorded, and are streaming at the band's official site and its MySpace page. The group's debut album, which is being recorded with producer Butch Walker, is due in stores Nov. 21.

The band will make its live debut with a two-night stand in Las Vegas that opens on New Year's Eve, and will be followed by a 28-city tour that launches in mid-January.

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Lukas Wins Rock Star: Supernova, Plus Follow-Up

Last week the members of Supernova, Gilby Clarke, Jason Newsted, and Tommy Lee, chose Canadian Lukas Rossi as the winner of the show and vocalist for their group. While this is not exactly news, here is what people are saying and what has happened since then:

Lukas Rossi checked in with Canada.com after being delared frontman for the band. Asked what his reaction was when he found out, Rossi responded, "Overwhelmed, man, you know. But I wasn't going to walk away from this without being the singer, man. I was pretty determined." Asked if he knew going into it that he was going to emerge the victor, the Toronto native responded, "Well, yes and no. If the band chose somebody besides myself because it would have made the band what they wanted for their vision then I would step back and respect that. But, you know, I'm standing here now and obviously I was the right person for the job." You can read more here. More...

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Judge Sides w/ Original Supernova On Name Issue

MTV.com reports that according to a Tuesday, September 12 ruling by San Diego Judge John Houston, the producers of CBS' "Rock Star" are going to have to come up with an alternate name for Supernova, the band made up of Mötley Crüe's Tommy Lee, Voivod's Jason Newsted and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke.

Last month, the original Supernova — an Orange County, California, punk trio — filed for a preliminary injunction in San Diego's U.S. District Court against CBS Broadcasting, Mark Burnett Productions and Lee, Newsted and Clarke, who are starring in the second season of the reality show. The injunction sought to halt the television-contrived act from performing or recording under the name "Supernova" if the band fails to change or add any words to the moniker.

Lee, Newsted and Clarke were dropped as defendants late last month at the request of the original Supernova's lawyers.

Earlier Tuesday, Houston granted the request from the members of the original Supernova — bassist Art Mitchell, drummer Dave Collins and guitarist Jodey Lawrence — for the preliminary injunction. The injunction keeps the producers of "Rock Star: Supernova" — which concludes Wednesday night — from "performing rock and roll music, or recording, or selling rock and roll music recordings under the same [name], pending a trial of this action on its merits, or until otherwise ordered by the court."

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Tommy Lee Visits 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee visited 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' to promote 'Rock Star: Supernova' on Wednesday night (August 30). Lee also discussed Kimmel's celebrity barbershop quartet, FOX's 'Celebrity Duets', his kids, and rather uncomfortably, his ex-wife Pamela Anderson's recent marriage to Kid Rock. Lee revealed that he wasn't invited to the marriages, and said, "I got a text message from her, which is interesting. 'By the way, I'm getting married'. Thanks for letting me know. That's great." You can read a rough, computer generated transcript of the Tommy Lee portion of the show here.

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Navarro Blasts Claims Supernova Picked A Singer

'Rock Star: Supernova' co-host Dave Navarro is blasting a gossip report from Janet Charlton claiming that Tommy Lee, Gilby Clarke, and Jason Newsted have already selected Lukas Rossi to front the band. "Damn there are some funny rumors around regarding the show," Navarro writes. "First of all, I don't know who Janet Charlton is, but I do know who she isn't. She aint no Perez Hilton, that's for sure. At least with Perez, you get humor and the rumors are at least based in SOME fact. He leaves it up to the reader to do the dance between the two. As for Janet, she just kind of sees what sticks. Well, with Rockstar, she doesn't have a clue as to what she is talking about. If she has an inside source... Name it! Come on! I dare you! Name it! If you don't know what I am talking about... She has claimed that she knows who the winner is. Trust me... Nobody knows until it's over."

In other news, "Rock Star: Supernova" suffered a controversial elimination after Ryan Star was sent packing. Fans were outraged at the move and the problems that plagued the show's online voting system at Rockstar.MSN.com. Before the results show even aired, show co-host Dave Navarro posted, "I have nothing to do with MSN!!! Don't know what to tell ya! I'll know more when I get to work tomorrow about the voting fiasco." In a follow-up post, The Panic Channel guitarist addressed the controversy for a second time, writing, "As for the voting issue. This is MY site. It is not an offshoot of MSN. You got a problem with voting? Take it there. Write to them. I host this, pay for it and update it myself. As I said before...I don't know what the problem is."

Read the full article at 6767.com.

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Supernova: Only the Strong Have Survived

As predicted, “Rock Star: Supernova” contestants Zayra and Patrice have met their doom after bringing very little to the table in previous shows. While it is still a mystery how so many unfit rockers made it so close to fronting a band of Supernova’s magnitude, it now appears as though six strong contenders are left vying for the gig. Unlike many of these types of competitions, it appears that Supernova has precisely weeded out all of the lesser talent, with no undeserving contestants making their way to the final rounds.

Despite the expectations of a strong week, this week’s “Rock Star” shows started off with a whimper, as Patrice kicked things off with a decisively non-rocking original song. Dave Navarro again brought out the “start a solo career” blast—this time in reference to Patrice—both times Navarro’s words have seemed all to fitting. On Wednesday’s show, Patrice again fell into the bottom three. This time, the writing on the wall couldn’t have been any bolder, and Patrice was sent home. More...

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