Monday, October 23, 2006

More Bad News For Supernova

The bad news keeps coming for Supernova, er, Rock Star Supernova. First, the group was issued a court injunction preventing them from using the name Supernova. Then the House Band, Storm Large and Magni were unceremoniously dumped from the tour by SuperNotNova's management. And now, bassist Jason Newsted injured himself and will be unable to tour with the group.

This comes from Tommy Lee's website:

ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA BASSIST JASON NEWSTED SUFFERS SHOULDER INJURY IN ACCIDENT: As they gear up for the November 21st release of their highly anticipated Epic debut and the New Year's Eve launch of their much-buzzed-about national tour, ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA have suffered a major setback with the loss of all-star bassist Jason Newsted.

The former Metallica member is scheduled for immediate surgery to repair a torn anterior labrum in his left shoulder and a rotator cuff and bicep tear in the right. Newsted suffered the injuries while trying to catch a 90-lb bass head that had fallen from atop his amp. The surgery will be followed by a lengthy rehab assignment that could leave him sidelined for up to nine months.

"I'm freaking out," Says Newsted, "My heart was set on finally getting on the road with these guys, but my main focus now is to build myself back to 100%. The stage is set for the band, I wish them the best of luck."

The band - rounded out by vocalist Lukas Rossi, drummer Tommy Lee and guitarist Gilby Clarke - is currently searching for a suitable replacement to handle touring duties while Newsted recovers.

"When we started this project, I was handed a list of names--guys who could potentially anchor our rhythm section," says Lee. "I responded by crumpling up the paper and asking, 'Where's Newsted?' Jason was always the right guy for this band and we'll miss having him with us as we kick off our album and tour, but we know he'll be back as soon as he can pick up and play. As for who will handle bass duties until then, we've got a few monster guys in mind, any one of which can hit the ground running. Stay tuned."

Some message boards were speculating as to whether or not Jason was really hurt or if he was using the excuse to bail on the band and its projected one-and-out shelf-life. I'm incredulous that anyone would think that JASON, of all people, would do something like that. The man showed nothing but the highest integrity while on the show, and while he was with Metallica.

So the question is ... who will replace Jason on tour? My first reaction was Magni, but I would hope he has his own gigs in the works where he can be more than just a bassist. My second reaction was Sasha from the House Band, but the House Band is on tour with Paul Stanley right now. Plus, Sasha may have too much pride to fill in after SN so unceremoniously dumped the House Band the way they did. But you never know ...

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