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Storm Moves On

by: Kyle Green, Portland-based singer Storm Large competed for a chance to join rocker Tommy Lee's band on a CBS TV show Wednesday.

Portland lounge diva Storm Large, moved on in her bid to become lead singer of rocker Tommy Lee's new band, on CBS-TV's "Rock Star: Supernova."

Large was the first of 15 contestants to perform during Wednesday's premiere, covering The Who's "Pinball Wizard. While the 1969 hit did not seem to test Large's vocal range, the singer looked fully in command on stage, then seemed comfortable bantering with Lee afterward.

"Rock Star: Supernova" runs for 13 weeks, eliminating an aspirant per week. Large survived the first cut on Thursday. Next week's episodes are at 8 p.m. Tuesday and 9 p.m. Wednesday (KOIN-TV, Ch. 6.)

Large, who came to Portland in 2002 to attend cooking school, rocketed to the top of the local club scene with her band Storm and the Balls. The group developed a devoted following, powered by daring reinventions of pop and metal song hits and the singer's sexually frank persona.

- Eric Bartels