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In the news: 'Rock Star' band gets singer, court injunction

Published September 14, 2006

The reality TV show Rock Star: Supernova ended Wednesday with Lukas Rossi winning the competition, but the band cannot call itself Supernova when it takes its act on the road, a judge has ruled.

A Southern California rock band that has called itself Supernova since 1991 and recorded three albums under the name sued CBS, the show's participants and Mark Burnett Productions in June claiming unfair competition and trademark infringement.

U.S. District Judge John A. Houston issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday barring that band from performing, recording or selling music under the Supernova name pending the outcome of the lawsuit.

Rock Star: Supernova followed 15 contestants who aspired to become the lead singer of a new band that includes former Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke and former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted. Rossi will tour with the band and appear on its album.

Moscow survives Madonna concert

No serious incidents were reported during Madonna's debut concert in Moscow, which was held in unprecedented security, the city police department said Wednesday.

About 50,000 people attended the gig in Russia after the concert was pushed back one day following a change of venue and to avoid a clash with the fifth anniversary of Sept. 11.

"A total of 23 people were detained during the event at the Luzhniki Stadium and nearby areas. Some of them were drunk," a Moscow police spokesman said.

With the capital rocked by a fatal market bombing at the end of August and religious groups criticizing the show for alleged blasphemous connotations, there was a considerable police presence.

Network honors Irwin

Animal Planet will air a 15-hour "Croc Rules! Remembering Steve Irwin" block of shows from noon Sunday to 3 a.m. Monday featuring the best of Irwin's programs, interviews with celebrities and crew members who knew Irwin, and promotions for his Wildlife Warriors conservation fund. The fund supports study and protection of endangered animal species around the world.

John Stainton, Irwin's longtime friend, producer and director, is also planning a one-hour tribute that will air in a few months.


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