Gilby Clarke denies leaving Rock Star Supernova, name may change
By Christopher Rocchio and Steve Rogers, 04/16/2007
Whether it's because one of its members is quitting or due to a name change, Rock Star Supernova,the band formed on last summer's Rock Star: Supernova CBS reality show, might eventually be no more.
Entertainment Tonight Canada reported last week that "Rock Star Supernova is over," citing "reports" that ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke "has left the group." However those reports appear to be, at best, premature.
"I have not left Rock Star Supernova," Clarke said in a statement released Saturday, according to blabbermouth.net. "We just finished the tour. I don't know where they got that from. I did an interview with ET Canada, and we talked about the future of the band, but I never said I've left the band." Interestingly, Clarke's statement appears to stop short of stating that he is not going to be leaving the struggling band, only that he hasn't done so already.
During the same report about Clarke's departure, ET Canada also reported that Lukas Rossi -- the Rock Star: Supernova contestant chosen to serve as the group's lead singer -- told the Canadian entertainment news show that the band will be changing its name. "There will be a name change... the best is yet to come," Rossi told ET Canada.
Despite its boastful name, things haven't been going very super for the band since its formation. The day before last summer's final Rock Star: Supernova performance show, a judge barred the group from using "Supernova," a pre-existing band name that the group was originally planning to use as its band name.
Then, a month after a Rock Star: Supernova finale broadcast that featured Rossi being touted as the new lead singer of "this supergroup," bassist Jason Newsted tore his left bicep and rotator cuff, forcing him to miss the group's first tour. Ticket sales for the recently completed tour -- which featured Black Crowes bassist Johnny Colt replacing Newsted -- were less than stellar and the band's self-titled debut album (released November 21, 2006) received mostly negative reviews and failed to make Billboard's Top 100 in the U.S.