Sunday, September 17, 2006

Oh No, They Didn't!

Jesus, this is lame. They should just call themselves Ctrl Alt Delete.

Anyway, here's Supernova's new name. You might want to swallow an antiemetic or ten before reading this.

Tommy Lee's 'Supernova' Takes New Name
By Steve Gorman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Forced by court order to change its name, a made-for-TV rock band featuring Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee made its commercial music debut Thursday as Rock Star: Supernova -- the title of the CBS show that spawned it.

The new group, which also includes former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted and onetime Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, originally had planned to call itself simply Supernova.

But a lesser-known band that has claimed that name for 17 years filed a trademark infringement suit last month, and a federal judge in San Diego this week ordered Lee's band to find another name pending the outcome of the case.

Thus, a day after Toronto native Lukas Rossi was plucked from obscurity and crowned the band's lead singer on the finale of "Rock Star: Supernova," the quartet issued its first two singles under its lengthier, somewhat awkward, new moniker.

"It's going to be Rock Star: Supernova. That's their actual name," said Natalie Geday-Sorem, a spokeswoman for the group's label, Epic Records.

The first two songs -- "It's All Love" and "Be Yourself & 5 Other Cliches" -- were made available for digital download from the online music store Yahoo! Music Unlimited (

Epic Records plans to release the group's debut album on Nov. 21, with the foursome slated to launch a 28-city North American tour in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve.

Geday-Sorem added that the label, a unit of Sony BMG Entertainment , was counting on more than just one album and tour from the band.

"It's a permanent thing," she told Reuters. "Once they get off their tour, they're going to go right back into the studio and start to write more material."

For now, the name Supernova will belong exclusively to the Southern California trio best known for contributing the song "Chewbacca" to the cult film "Clerks."

That group, consisting of Jodey Lawrence, Art Mitchell and David Collins, has recorded four albums since forming in 1989.


At Sunday, September 17, 2006 4:25:00 PM, Blogger ffleur said...

maybe they should have just called themselves LAME.

That is what I immediately thought when I saw their new name. Of course LAME would be a self-fullfilling prophesy.

Hey, it could be an acronym for LOUD ANNOYING MORONIC ENTITIES

Whattcha think? Tommy would like it, it has "tit" in it.

At Sunday, September 17, 2006 5:02:00 PM, Blogger M-M-M-Mishy said...

I see this band circling the drain. I thought "Supernova" was a bad name, but they really outdid themselves with this one.

At Sunday, September 17, 2006 6:24:00 PM, Blogger Mike V. said...

Jason looks like he's giving Tommy Lee's nipple a tweak there. :)

At Sunday, September 17, 2006 8:15:00 PM, Blogger Diane said...

Look for the original Supernova to be in court Monday for violation of the preliminary injunction . . .

At Monday, September 18, 2006 3:11:00 PM, Blogger Pope-rah said...

hahaha, control alt delete...

At Monday, September 18, 2006 5:46:00 PM, Blogger kookla@work said...

SHUT UP!!! You've got to be kidding me!! Tommy Lee is a freaking genius. BTW, Ctrl Alt Delete is already taken by Pelegrim. Perhaps they can call themselves Command Shift Escape.

Thank you. I'll be here all week.

At Monday, September 18, 2006 9:23:00 PM, Blogger Diane said...

Ok, so they had settlement conferences Friday and Monday, and Burnett filed a request with the Court that Rock Star: Supernova be deemed not to violate the preliminary injunction . . .

At Monday, September 18, 2006 10:28:00 PM, Blogger LA said...

Thanks for the update, Diane! It's funny to me that they think calling it Rock Star: Supernova is their best option. Begrudgingly, I understand brand development enough to get it. But still... there's gotta be a better option.

At Tuesday, September 19, 2006 7:30:00 AM, Blogger Diane said...

la - shows how unimaginative these doofuses are . . .. The other thing is that CBS and Burnett take this unbelievably smug attitude about how insignificant and odd the old SN is . . . . it's not like they are dealing with a supergroup formed by ex Beatles and Stones . . .


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