July 13, 2006

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Manchester’s own Rock Star
From the LA mansion, Josh Logan speaks
By Erica Febre efebre@hippopress.com

What does it take to make a rock star is the question being put to the test by Manchester local Josh Logan.

Logan is one of the 15 musicians selected to take part in The Tommy Lee Project, Rockstar: Supernova. The show began airing on CBS just last week and will be on Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. and Wednesday nights at 8 p.m.

The band Supernova, with drummer Tommy Lee (Motley Crue), guitarist Gilby Clark (of Guns N Roses infamy) and bassist Jason Newsted (Metallica) will select one of the contestants at the season finale in September to be the lead singer with the band.

Logan is the only musician in the competition representing the New England area. Out of 25,000 entrants all trying to win a place on the Rockstar series, Logan made it through the masses to bring his musical ability to the furthest he has yet experienced.

“Originally I though it was like some type of American Idol contest but, after doing a little research, I knew it was something that I wanted to be involved in,” Logan said.

It’s been about three months since the auditions and the eliminations and now Logan finds himself staying in a mansion in Los Angeles and working harder than he would’ve imagined.

“It’s been ridiculously hectic. We have our fun too but nothing that gets too out of control. It’s getting more and more hectic though as the days go on,” Logan said.

Logan, a Manchester native, comes from a musical background and is a solo performer. He was featured in Hippo in fall 2003 in a story called “the hardest working musician in Manchester.” Some of Logan’s musical influences include Stevie Wonder, G Love and Special Sauce, Pearl Jam, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix and many others.

“I like pretty much all genre’s of music,” Logan said.

Logan also plays the bass guitar as well as utilizing his singing skills, which he admits he picked up from singing karaoke. His mother was a karaoke DJ while he was growing up.

“This isn’t karaoke though. This is for the real musicians and that’s why I’m here. We’re all here to win the game. It’s just a matter of time before the clock runs out,” Logan said.

Logan was only able to speak about certain issues — the show and its production. Nor was he allowed to hear about what’s been airing to the public.

Logan is learning that it takes a lot to be a rock star a lot of practice, a lot of failure and the occasional early-morning wake-up call for an interview with the local paper back at home. “To Manchester, thanks for the support over the years and make sure you vote for me,” Logan said.


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More Josh
For more on Josh Logan and his Rockstar: Supernova stint go to www.rockstar.msn.com. Rockstar: Supernova airs on CBS, Tuesdays 9 p.m. and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Logan’s own Web Site is www.joshlogan.com