‘Star’ sets rockers

Reality skein to birth new band

CBS’ “Rock Star” is adding some heavy mettle to its lineup this summer.

Drummer Tommy Lee (Motley Crue), along with guitarists Jason Newsted (Metallica) and Gilby Clarke (Guns N’ Roses), are forming a new band called Supernova and will use the Mark Burnett-produced “Rock Star” to search for a lead singer.

Season one had the surviving members of INXS on the hunt for someone to replace the late Michael Hutchence.

In addition, “Rock Star” has signed songwriter-performer Butch Walker to produce Supernova’s first album, to be released just before the new band hits the road in 2007. Walker, named Rolling Stone’s 2005 “hot” producer, has written or produced tracks for Avril Lavigne, Pink, Bowling for Soup and Tommy Lee.

Dave Navarro and Brooke Burke will return as hosts. Each weekly seg will also now feature guest appearances by celebs or rockers.

“Friends of mine, like Slash, Macy Gray, Moby and Rob Zombie, will join us and throw in their two cents about who should stay and who should go,” Navarro said.

Lee released his third solo album two years ago and starred in NBC’s “Tommy Lee Goes to College” last year.

Newsted left Metallica in 2003, forming the band Echobrain and performing for technothrash band Voivod. Clarke has worked with various artists since GNR split, including Michael Jackson and Lenny Kravitz.

Burnett, David Goffin, Lisa Hennessy, Navarro, Lee and Carl Stubner will exec produce the second season of “Rock Star.” Conrad Riggs and Eden Gaha are co-exec producers.