Rock Star 2 will form a new group with “members from existing or defunct bands”

The identity of the Rock Star 2 group has been revealed, sort of. Executive producer Mark Burnett told the London Free Press that the group will not be a name band such as Van Halen. Instead, as the paper reports, it “will be a brand new group comprised of members from existing or defunct bands.” Those exact people will be revealed later this week.

This news explains last week’s rumor that Tommy Lee is participating in the show, perhaps as the new group’s drummer. And that also one of the possible directions the show would take in its second season.

Burnett said this format will be even better than the previous season’s. “Last year was the year to prove ourselves and the integrity that we stood for to the rock community. We’re gonna really, really grow this year,” he said. He said the delay in announcing the group is because everyone has to sign “very complicated agreements. You have a TV agreement, record agreement, a tour agreement, and there are a few people in the band.”

The show is currently casting; potential lead singers “were only told judges were open to hearing a range of singing styles, giving as examples John Mayer, Chester of Linkin Park, Joss Stone and Amy Lee of Evanescence,” the paper reports.

Rock Star hopefuls shake off cold rain [London Free Press]

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