There's been a gravitational collapse for "Rock Star: Supernova." The CBS reality show concludes its search for a singer for the new band composed of Tommy Lee (drummer in good standing, Motley Crue), Gilby Clarke (guitarist, 3 years, Guns n' Roses) and Jason Newsted (current bassist Voivod, bass player number 2,'86-01, Metallica)tonight at 8 pm.
But a California judge has informed the CBS gang that they have to find a new nom de rawk since he's ruling in favor of the band that has been using the name Supernova for the last 17 years. That Supernova, a trio from Costa Mesa, California, had a minor hit with the song "Chewbacca" from the "Clerks" soundtrack and filed a preliminary injunction against the made-for-tv peeps in August.
"The ruling is a major victory for Supernova, especially since it has been announced on several occasions that our client's case had no merit," Supernova attorney John Mizhir, Jr. told Billboard.com.
No word from the "Rock Star" camp about how they're going to rebrand themselves or how exactly winken, blinken, nod and no-name plan to sell out the DCU Center (formerly the Centrum) in Worcester. While the three side men have solid CVs, touring arenas with a more or less unknown frontperson when they presumably won't be performing any of the songs from the bands that made them famous seems a dubious proposition. Maybe I'm underestimating the lure of the Tommy-hawk. (insert name here) play DCU on January 28 and tickets are available here.
(To reacquaint yourself with what an actual supernova is, click here.)
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