Once upon a time, decades ago, INXS were a significant band. They had songs you liked. Unfortunately, their Jim Morrison doppelganger of a singer Michael Hutchence passed away in 1997, which should have meant the end of INXS. However, the band soldiered on. Firs they hired singer Jon Stevens, then they used a reality show in 2005 to find a Hutchence replacement. The winner of the contest was J.D. Fortune, who served as the band's singer until 2009, when the band fired Fortune in a Hong Kong airport because of an alleged cocaine addiction. Now, INXS have announced another tour, only they're not divulging who their lead singer is going to be.
INXS' latest album Original Sin finds vocalists like Rob Thomas, Ben Harper, and John Mayer singing on reworked INXS tracks, but none of those dudes will fill the vacancy this tour. Instead, according to Slicing Up Eyeballs, even though Fortune isn't featured in the band's new promo shots, more than likely he'll rejoin INXS for a second stint. Fortune performed some gigs with INXS in 2010, but judging by his absence in the publicity photos, he's still a "for hire" singer and not a real member of the band. To be honest, we don't really care. We understand this is INXS' livelihood and its within their rights to continue on after their original singer died, but this is getting silly. At this point, Beck and his Record Club do a better impression of INXS than INXS.
The one cool thing about the INXS tour is that fellow '80s new wavers Berlin will open the shows; their song "Masquerade" has been criminally ignored for too long:
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