Bassist Art Mitchell of the long-running Orange County, California, punk trio SUPERNOVA has told MTV.com that his band has hired attorneys to respond to CBS-TV in the form of a cease-and-desist letter in connection with upcoming second season of "Rock Star", the reality show which will see MÖTLEY CRÜE's Tommy Lee, VOIVOD/ex-METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted and former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Gilby Clarke banding together to find a singer for their new supergroup, also named SUPERNOVA.
"It's like when you're a little kid and the bully down the street steals something from you and you don't do anything about it," Mitchell said. "But we're going to go kick some butt, dude. They probably figured we're clerks, but our drummer, Dave [Collins], is a lawyer."
Although the Web site All Music Guide lists three artists bearing that name — a Chilean rock outfit and a jazz band as well as Mitchell's group — Collins claims his group legally owns the name, and they hired attorneys to respond to CBS in the form of a cease-and-desist letter.
"You can't just waltz up and use our name," Collins said last week. "We're willing to fight for our name, our band. We have trademark rights to the name and we can prove those rights."
Mitchell, though, said that ultimately SUPERNOVA would like to keep its name and not be associated with a bunch of "washed-up metalheads," as that could confuse his band's fans.
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