What we have on hand formulating this new band is Tommy Lee (ex-Mr. Pamela Sue Anderson) of Motley Crew, Jason Newsted, previously of Metallica, and Gilby Clarke of Guns and Roses, and producer Butch Walker. Returning to host this show from last season is Dave Navarro, and super hot, saucy hostess Brooke Burke. This evening, 15 hopefuls competed for the top rocker spot.
Lukas Rossi: My preliminary front-runner. The man's got "it" in Rocker Spades. What a fit for these guys and perchance they saw it — a touch of some emo, some fierce rocker, charisma, image, and possibly, a voice.
Dilana: British chick calling Texas home with multi-colored tie-dyed hair, multi-piercings, savage yet oh-so-beautiful eyes, great stage presence, good vocals. She is intense, dramatic, and over the top. Very, very cool.
Zayra Alvarez: She is from my hometown, Dallas, Texas. Zayra has good range, with interesting vocal chops. She's dramatic — Latina meets gothic meets Bjork — very cool. I'm hanging in the wings about how hard rock she can take it and remain believable.
Toby Rand: Hails from Melbourne, Australia. At first I thought, yeah, mate, so you want to be a rocker? — yawn. Then he started singing… performing Bob Dylan's "Knocking on Heaven's Door," and made it his own. Mr. Rand encompassed sound vocals and ultimate stage persona. Yeah, mates, he grew on me.
As far as tonight's run, these are my favorites. Playing prognosticator, keep in mind dear readers, I'm not a bona fide seer, but I think, as I gaze into my Crystal Rocker Ball, those who will remain to sing another week will be Storm Large, Ryan Star, Patrice Pike, Jenny Galt, and the dimunitive Jill Gioia.
The Rocker Ball tells me, though, who's not right for the band: Josh Logan, trying to pass as a "soulman" (I had to laugh about that); Matt Hoffer — way too "Goo Goo Dolls"; and the cute, pretty Dana Andrews from Georgia. who's just too much of a Southern Rocker chick.
To be the first to exit: Chris Pierson, who tried to perform 'his' rendition of "Roxanne" by the Police; Phil Ritchie, whose singing was dismal and reedy sounding on Living Color's "Trumped Up Personality"; and the bald dude from Iceland, Magni, who attempted the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction" very unsatisfactorily.
Happy star gazing, and have a stellar good night.