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Champagne Supernova

While "American Idol" concentrated, from the get-go, on creating the world's next pop star, the "Rockstar" series presented itself as the rocker's answer to the pop music gameshow craze. Here, the rough edges smoothed over by the glitzy "Idol" would be celebrated, accentuated, turned up all the way to 11.

During the show's maiden season, veteran Australian rock band INXS acted as the panel of judges, and the show provided them with a replacement for deceased founding member Michael Hutchence. The show was a huge hit.

Last year, the band Supernova -- a hard-rock supergroup with a killer pedigree, comprised of Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, former Metallica/Flotsam and Jetsam bassist Jason Newsted and former Guns 'n' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke -- sat behind the judgment table, as contestants waged on-stage war for the band's coveted lead singer spot. It turned out to be a pretty exciting battle, with Toronto's Lukas Rossi eventually claiming the honors and promptly heading for the recording studio, where he tracked vocals for the Supernova debut disc, all recorded and ready to go, save for Rossi's contributions.

Now, Supernova has hit the road and will arrive at 8 p.m. Saturday for a gig in Shea's Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. Tickets are $36.50 to $46.50 and can be found at the Shea's box office or through www.Ticketmaster.com.

-- Jeff Miers

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