Tommy Lee (MÖTLEY CRÜE), Jason Newsted (VOIVOD, ex-METALLICA), and Gilby Clarke (ex-GUNS N' ROSES) told Shelley Fralic of the CanWest News Service that they selected Canadian singer Lukas Rossi to front their new band — which is now going by the name ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA — because he looks the part, he acts the part, and he sings the part. He has, they say, the rock royal jelly.
"He's sexy, and he sings like hell," said Tommy Lee.
For Lee, there was never any question that Rossi was the one.
"I realized he was the guy for us the very first day we met him. The first time I saw him, I was, like, 'That's my boy,'" said Lee. "All my life, I've always wanted to be in a band with a singer like this. You can't teach someone to be a rock star. The way he moves ... you either have that, or you don't."
Newsted, who coached Rossi throughout the competition to resist his tendency to constrain his voice, agreed: "Lukas has a certain swagger. He always has his thing going."
Added Clarke: "We were looking for something special. And he's it."
Lee says even his own pre-teen sons, Dylan and Brandon, (with ex-wife Pamela Anderson), who wander about backstage in red hoodies with devil horns, think he made the right choice: "They're, like, 'Dad, that guy's cool.'"
Even Clarke acknowledges that putting a rock band together on a reality show is a calculated risk.
"We don't know what it's going to be like when this show is all done," he said. "But when we get together with him and play, like we did today on the show, it just feels right."
Lee says the show, and finding Rossi, has re-invigorated his appreciation of rock 'n' roll, which co-host Dave Navarro dubbed on the "Rock Star" website "a dying genre."
"Lukas has been like a breath of fresh air," said Lee.
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