Hopefuls Try Out for Tommy Lee Band

The drummer seeks a frontman on the new season of Rock Star

Auditions are off and running for the new season of Rock Star. Last year, the CBS show found a new singer for INXS; this season, wannabe rockers will compete to front a hard-rock supergroup.

The band, Supernova, consists of Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted and ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke.

Approximately 60,000 singers are trying out at auditions around the world, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Callbacks are slated for today so that 16 finalists can be flown to Hollywood, where the show is taped.

In San Francisco Tuesday, hundreds of hopefuls began lining up outside the Rockit Room nightclub some eight hours before the 10 a.m. casting call, according to the paper. During tryouts, aspirants tried to impress the four casting directors with their renditions of songs by Journey, Duran Duran, Maroon 5 and, most popular of all, Led Zeppelin.

The new season will air this summer. Once a winner is selected, Supernova will record an album for release in the fall, with a world tour to follow in early 2007, Reuters reports.

Last fall, Rock Star started off with slow ratings, but built an audience as the season progressed. By the end of the contest, Australian group INXS had named a new frontman, J.D. Fortune. With him onboard, the band revived its career with a new album, Switch, and an extensive tour. INXS will return to the road April 21 in Memphis.

Guitarist Dave Navarro and actress Brooke Burke will return as the hosts of the show for producer Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Apprentice). In a statement, Navarro promised appearances from Slash, Macy Gray, Moby and Rob Zombie during the season.

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