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DAVE NAVARRO Says JASON NEWSTED’s Involvement In ‘Rock Star’ Is ‘The Really Amazing Part’

Former JANE’S ADDICTION/RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS guitarist Dave Navarro, who will return as one of the hosts of CBS‘s “Rock Star” program, has commented on the all-star band SUPERNOVA which will be using the show as the competition to determine their new lead singer.

SUPERNOVA will feature drummer MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee, former METALLICA bassist and current VOIVOD member Jason Newsted, and onetime GUNS N’ ROSES axeman Gilby Clarke. The second edition of CBS‘s “Rock Star” will premiere on the network this summer.

Said Navarro: “I’m excited to see what SUPERNOVA sounds like. Having Jason Newsted on board is for me, the really amazing part of this whole thing. Everyone knows Tommy and I are into doing other forms of media and entertainment, but Newsted? That’s insane! At the end of the day, Tommy is one of rock’s most amazing drummers and Newsted is such an incredible bass player. I personally can’t wait to see what this rhythm section can bring. Gilby has played with everyone (GUNS N’ ROSES, HEART, etc.) and with the exception of Perk [Stephen Perkins, ex-JANE’S ADDICTION drummer] and Chaney [Chris Chaney, ex-JANE’S ADDICTION bassist], I can’t think of a more solid canvass for him to texturize with his instrument. All I can say is… These contestants better be able to sing, son!”

After the winning singer is selected on CBS‘s “Rock Star”, SUPERNOVA will record an original album, to be co-written and produced by Butch Walker (hit songwriter/producer for AVRIL LAVIGNE, PINK) that will be released in the fall before the band embarks on a world tour starting in early 2007.

“I’ve toured with both Gilby and Jason. They’re incredible musicians and I’ve always wanted to play with them,” said Tommy Lee. “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 love breaking the rules.”

Bassist Jason Newsted added, “This is a fantastic opportunity for me to play with guys I’ve respected for a long time. It gives us a chance to be innovators. This is a new thing. It’s never been done before. We’re going to break new ground musically and on television. The anticipation is building in me every day. This is a supergroup in the truest sense.”

Lead guitarist and co-writer Gilby Clarke proclaimed, “Rock n’ roll is so alive and I’m so excited to be a part of CBS‘s ‘Rock Star’. This is television history. Where else can you raid three historic bands to form one great band? I can’t wait for the summer to begin.”

Butch Walker will join the project as co-writer and producer of the new album. He said, “Working with top-notch musicians from legendary bands who want to create terrific music is always an enjoyable experience. I’m looking forward to whoever the new lead singer is going to be so the guys can start corrupting their mind…!”

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March 18, 2006 - Posted by | ROCK

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