Rock Star: Supernova finds itself in the final week of the Mark Burnett Productions' search for a lead singer to front the Tommy Lee project. The reality show has four out of the fifteen contestants vying for the top spot. House Band, a supernova caliber talent themselves, is scheduled to open for them, with the possibly of multiple performers from the show in featured sets.
This has not been confirmed, but could be an excellent idea. It would multiply the number of fans interested in purchasing tickets and provide a way for viewers to see their favorites perform even if they are not 'the chosen one'. MBP is more than likely considering this move; look at the success this format has had for the American Idol franchise. Dave Navarro's band, Panic Channel, will be included on this tour, providing a full rock music revue.
The remaining contestants are four different artists with diverse stylings. The band members of Supernova will select the singer they consider the best fit to represent the type of sound they are creating. Naturally, marketability of the winner will be a big factor. The choice of singer in this show will come down to which direction this motley bunch — put together by Motley Crue's Tommy Lee -- has chosen to ride into.
It's necessary and part of the plot of this rock tale to revisit some of the members of Supernova's past credentials. Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx developed Motley Crue with Mick Mars and Vince Neil and they created history with their development of a new genre of rock, dubbed 'hair metal' with an emphasis on arena anthems, theater, glamor, and notoriety. This band has sold 40 million records, and to their credit, all are still alive and performing. Motley Crue experienced the effect the lead singer has on a band, and this gives Tommy Lee real-world experience to add to his decisions in determining the right sound for Supernova.
Jason Newsted of Metallica joined the band after the passing of bassist Cliff Burton, and proved himself a talented bassist. Gilby Clark served as a replacement guitarist with Guns N' Roses following Axl Rose's parting with the original band members after a feud.
Here's a basic rundown and insight on the remaining contenders for the Supernova top spot, beginning with Lukas Rossi. Canadian Rossi has shown himself to be a savvy performance artist, borderline avant garde. He can be captivating and engaging with a style melding a combination of pop/emo/heavy rocker. He's an ingenue with an instinctive ability to use color and spatial dimensions theatrically, both in his physical presentation and his ability to work the stage. Bonus, he's a photographer's dream subject.