Makeup, tattoos, perfectly groomed facial hair and unparalleled guitar jams. You've gotta love Dave Navarro. We chatted on the phone with the pretty "Rock Star: INXS" co-host, and though he declined to talk about the final three, he did tell us he's totally thrilled he has no say in the decision of who gets the job: "It's got to be a really hard job for these guys, for INXS."
You've jammed on stage with the contestants. How much have you been inspired by their music?
It's inspiring to watch people grow as artists, and I don't know if it's applicable to my own music, but it's inspiring in terms of life. It definitely makes me hungry to get back into playing.
How have you mentored the rockers during the show?
As I did tell them from the very beginning, I'm not in a position to teach them how to do this because there's really no rules or guidelines. In fact, the absence of guidelines is kind of what makes a great rock star. So, my main point with them was to stay true to who they were.
How did being on this reality show compare to "Til Death Do Us Part"?
I really enjoyed this show in particular because it's not about me; I'm just a conduit. ... The one I did with my wife [Carmen Electra]was a lot of fun, but it was definitely about us. Between the two experiences, I'm having a little bit more fun helping someone else realize their dreams as opposed to showing my own come true.
"American Idol" may be a bigger ratings winner, but "Rock Star" showcases stronger talent. What's your take?
I don't know if this is going to be politically correct or not, but I'll tell you the difference for me: When I tune in to "Rock Star," I want to see the singers, I want to get to know them, I want to hear them do the music that I love. And with "American Idol," I just want to see people get humiliated. [Laughs.]
Out of the rockers who've been sent home, who can we expect big things from?
I really, in particular, have an investment with Jordis. I think she's just a star. ... I am emotionally invested in her as a human and as an artist.
When it comes to "Rock Star: INXS" info, we've got what you need; this is what you need:
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Karen Budell is the metromix nightlife producer.Originally published Sept. 20, 2005.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times