Before The Voice, Mark Burnett brought us Rock Star: INXS, his original anti-Idol. I missed it the first time around, and I’ve been marathoning it to assuage my Voice withdrawal. I’m surprised this wasn’t a bigger hit when it originally aired, because music- and drama-wise (and Brooke Burke’s somewhat flat delivery notwithstanding), it’s one hell of a show. Which brings us to the eventual fates of the rockers — did Rock Star: INXS give them that much-needed lucky break, or have they slipped back into oblivion, along with most former reality TV contestants? Let’s find out:
15. Dana Robbins
Dana was the first to be booted off the Rock Star Mansion after her unfortunate performance of Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door. My Google-Fu fails me on this one; it seems Dana Robbins belongs to the latter category, and has dropped off the face of the earth.
14. Wil Seabrook
Wil Seabrook is alive and well and still in the music business. Recent credits include being featured in the 2009 movie The Six Wives Of Henry Lefay. It’s interesting to note that his official website has no mention of his stint on Rock Star: INXS, which is still his most high-profile gig to date. Perhaps he doesn’t want folks to remember he was booted out second, after he failed to “work the room” with his lackluster performance of Need You Tonight?
Download music by Wil Seabrook:
Exit to Temple Street (2009) | iTunes
How You Fall (2008) | Amazon | iTunes
One Dozen Summers (2008) | Amazon | iTunes
New (2005) | Amazon | iTunes
The Wil Seabrook Band (2002) | Amazon | iTunes
13. Neal Carlson
I have a soft spot for Neal Carlson, because the others seemed genuinely sad to see him go. For a while he was the lead singer of BONA ROBA and then Mink, but has since gone solo. Recent credits include being featured on the cover of Rock Band 3. According to his official website, he’s “available for guitar lessons, birthday parties, or corporate events.”
12. Daphna Dove
There isn’t much information on the recent exploits of Daphna Dove, except for a music video for a song called Stop Philosophy. I did learn that her mother is a famous Israeli singer called Elisa Gabbai, which I don’t recall was ever mentioned on the show.
11. Heather Luttrell
Heather Luttrell was sent home together with Daphna Dove in a shocking two-way elimination. She’s still rocking it and, among the five rockers featured so far, has the most considerable online presence (you werq that social media, girl) and number of fans. She has toured with Lynyrd Skynyrd for the past couple of years on their annual music festival at sea, the Simple Man Cruise, and is currently working on her next album, PossumDiva.
Download music by Heather Luttrell:
Possumdiva (2012) | Amazon | iTunes
Turn Me On (2012) | iTunes
Live From The Kirkwood Public House (2010) | Amazon | iTunes
Pomegranate (2009) | Amazon | iTunes
Grits N’ Pulp (2004) | Amazon | iTunes
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