Could Van Halen be going the reality TV route in finding a new lead singer? The band’s spokesperson denies it. Reports are that Van Halen is going to be the new band to find their singer on Rock Star: The Series. I have heard this rumor before and I cringe when I see it. It kind of screams desperation to me, although INXS has a hit album and sold out shows to prove that it works. I really hope that this is just a rumor and Van Halen can patch things up with David Lee Roth. That is what VH fans are waiting for. Sure it may be as desperate as going on TV and finding a lead singer, but the desperation that leads to DLR is satisfying to me a long time VH fan.
I have linked the article from TMZ.com and on the same page as the story they have a couple of poll questions. The first is, what should Van Halen do? Bring back DLR, Bring back Sammy, or get a new singer. You know my vote and apparently 52% agree with me that they should bring back DLR.
The second question is very interesting. It asks, which band should use Rock Star to find a new lead singer? The choices are Queen, Stone Temple Pilots, or The Carpenters. Three interesting choices. I think that Queen has already done a good job by picking up former Free and Bad Company lead singer Paul Rodgers and touring. I don’t think Queen needs the show.
I haven’t even heard anything involving Richard Carpenter and a comeback. I would think that it would be very hard for Richard Carpenter to make music and tour with someone other than Karen Carpenter. I also think it would be hard or weird to be “the new Karen Carpenter.” This must just be a wishful fantasy for TMZ and a cousin and an uncle I have that love The Carpenters.
Stone Temple Pilots seems like the best choice for me and that’s what I chose out of the three. I think that the DeLeo brothers are very talented and may have some good songs left. STP was never a legendary band, but they did have quite a few top quality songs and it was a shame that they split up. Do I think the remaining members of STP will even consider this? No. I just think that the brothers DeLeo will just as soon form a new band and make new music and leave STP behind.
According to the viewers of this article 51% believe Queen should be the next band to appear on Rock Star. I do not believe any of these choices will do it. I am not sure any bands will, I was surprised INXS did it. As I said it screams of desperation, but perhaps this is the way of the future. Maybe all bands will do this in the future. It is just an audition. The big difference is that we get to see it every week and have some input. Maybe it is not so bad after all. No, it is.