An Excess of INXS - News

April 1997

April 30, 1997:

Elegantly Wasted dropped to #16 this week on the Australian album charts, while here in the US, the album slipped to #67 on sales of 18,071. That makes a total of 43,256 copies sold so far in the US. As a point of comparison, after two weeks in release, Full Moon, Dirty Hearts had moved 35,560 copies. Meanwhile, in South Africa, where the band will officially launch its world tour, the single is up to #11 with a bullet, and should easily go Top 5.

April 29, 1997:

The INXS concert in Aspen will finally be aired in the UK on VH-1 this Friday, May 2nd, which a repeat performance on Saturday.

April 28, 1997:

Everything, the second single from the current album, is tentatively set for release in the UK on May 19. Two CD singles will again be released, one of which will contain Believe, the first new Bside to appear.

How has Elegantly Wasted been doing around the world? Well, here's some more chart placings for the album (peak position provided): #13 Switzerland, #18 Norway, #23 Germany, #30 France, and #30 Denmark.

April 25, 1997:

INXS will film a video for their upcoming second single, Everything, tomorrow in Los Angeles. No news yet on who the director is, but I'm told there was a sign-up sheet at the LA concert yesterday for fans to attend a special show tomorrow specifically for the video shoot. And speaking of yesterday's show, the concert was taped for a future radio broadcast on the Album Network during the week of May 8 (check local listings).

The video for Elegantly Wasted has crashed into the Top 10 on Canada's Much Music at #8, while it maintains the #1 position for a second week on MTV Latino. In other chart news, the single is #15 on Billboard's Modern Rock Airplay, #13 on the Adult Top 40, and #27 on the Hot 100 Airplay.

Michael and Garry hosted M2 today from 1 to 2pm EST (the "sample" hour on MTV) and they played videos they themselves have chosen. Among the bands shown were Radiohead, The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy, Soundgarden, Tool, AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix, and James Brown. At 2pm EST, they then proceeded to host the New Music Hour at VH-1, where they discussed the video and photo shoots for Elegantly Wasted among other topics.

April 24, 1997:

The new album has debuted at #41 on the Billboard Album Chart, with first week sales of 25,185 copies. If you haven't already purchased the latest opus, GO AND PURCHASE IT TODAY!

The band performs in Los Angeles tonight at the Mayan Theatre -- it's their forth and final sold-out gig on this current promo tour. Michael, in addition to appearing on Politically Incorrect last night, was also a guest (along with Tim and Kirk) on the radio show "Lovelines" yesterday. Now that must have been entertaining!

April 23, 1997:

Elegantly Wasted is currently #11 on the Japanese singles chart. In Australia, though the single has slipped off the singles chart, it has made a promising debut on the album chart, coming in at #14.

April 21, 1997:

INXS, fresh on the heels of a fantastic gig in Dallas yesterday, returns to NYC for a performance on the Late Show with David Letterman. Next up, the band will host a "Press Day" in Los Angeles on April 23, to be followed by a concert at the Mayan Theater on the 24th. Michael and Jon will then head down to South America for promotion (I have no details on their itinerary) while the rest of the band members return to Australia.

INXS' Brussels gig will be aired on Netherlands TV on April 24 at 19:53 on Nederlander 3.

April 20, 1997:

INXS taped a segment for the Hard Rock Cafe Live program Friday that will be aired June 8th on VH-1. They performed 9 songs, and actually sang "Everything" and "Need You Tonight" twice due to technical difficulties. The show was taped at Sony Studios before 260 people, and INXS was followed by Blues Traveller.

The band performs tonight in Dallas at the Edgefest, with acts like Beck, Cake, and Ben Folds Five in support.

The video for Elegantly Wasted has climbed up to #11 on Canada's Much Music, and the single is now #15 on the influential Billboard Modern Rock Tracks countdown.

April 18, 1997:

The band performs a set for the Hard Rock Cafe today in New York. The show will be broadcast at a future date on VH-1 as part of their Hard Rock Cafe Live series. Today's performance comes on the heels of a brilliant concert last night at Irving Plaza. To read a review I posted to the INXS-List, click here!

In other news, congratulations to the band --- Elegantly Wasted is now #1 on MTV Latino!

April 17, 1997:

INXS performs in NYC tonight at Irving Plaza, with a reception at Chaos to follow immediately after the show.

Michael announced on the MTV/AOL chat yesterday that he will be a guest on Bill Maher's Politically Incorrect Wednesday, April 23rd.

The band will appear on Taratata, a television program on Channel 2 in France, on May 1st. They last played the show in 1994, when they performed "The Strangest Party."

The Brussels concert will be aired at 10pm on Triple M in Australia this Sunday, April 20. This is a correction from April 11's news. In addition, the single is currently #1 on Triple M's nightly countdown.

April 16, 1997:

Don't forget to watch Rosie tomorrow! Check local listings for time and station.

The single has leaped up 25 spots this week on the ARIA Singles Chart in Australia to #53. Keep it up guys!

April 15, 1997:

Important notice: The .wav file of INXS' live performance of Searching, recorded at the ARIA Awards in Australia last September, will be available directly from this site for only one more week. Due to diminishing disc space, it is going to be moved to the FTP site at uky in one week (the ftp site currently houses the Elegantly Wasted mp3 clip). As the ftp site can only accomodate 20 people at any given time (and it's usually full), I suggest any of you that still want to get the Searching clip to download it NOW. You can download it by right clicking here: Searching.wav.

For those attending the sold-out Irving Plaza show in NYC on April 17, a private reception for INXS to benefit LIFEbeat will be held following the show. The reception begins at 11:00pm, with cocktails courtesy of Hennessy Martini. The event is happening at Chaos, located at 23 Watts Street (between Broadway and Thompson, in Soho). A $10 donation to LIFEbeat is requested. Hope to see ya all there! :)

Oh, and one more thing, Elegantly Wasted is officially released today! BUY IT NOW!

April 14, 1997:

INXS opens its four-date US tour tonight in Chicago. On the 16th, they will do an AOL chat and perform on the Rosie O'Donnell show (which will be broadcast on the 17th). In addition, the band will play New York City on the 17th.

Elegantly Wasted moved up this week to #16 on the US Billboard Modern Rock charts, while the album debuted at #16 on the UK Album Charts.

April 12, 1997:

The video for Elegantly Wasted was the week's biggest gainer on the Canadian Much Music countdown, gaining nine spots to jump to #16. In other great news, the video moved up to #2 on MTV Latino this week.

April 11, 1997:

The band was interviewed today by CFNY 102.1 The Edge and 107.1 in Toronto. Also, Michael appeared this evening on Pamela Wallin Live, a show on CBC Newsworld, discussing his childhood, earlier albums, the band, his new child and even some philosphies on life. Several of the band members will be visiting Much Music, the Canadian music video channel, at 3pm tomorrow as part of the Elegantly Wasted promotional tour. In addition, INXS will sponsor a listening party for the new album at the Phoenix in Toronto tomorrow evening.

Elegantly Wasted debuted this week at #70 on the Australian ARIA Charts. Hopefully, it'll shoot up the charts soon! In Japan, the single is currently #18, and in the US, the single is #19 on the Modern Rock charts.

In other news, Michael and Tim were in Spain this week for album promotion. On Monday the 7th, they premiered the new work in Madrid to coincide with the official release date. "Cadena 100," an important radio station, also transmitted the Brussels show from April 4. New songs on the set list were Elegantly Wasted, Show Me (Cherry Baby), I'm Just A Man, Searching, Everything, and Girl On Fire. The show will be broadcast on Peruvian radio this Sunday at 10pm local time. In Australia, Triple M radio will have a 90 minute commercial free INXS night this upcoming Sunday April 13 -- playing songs from the Brussels gig & interviews. Check with your local radio station for INXS contests and the airing of the Brussels concert.

Andrew Farriss' work with the Scottish band Gun will see the light of day on May 5 when their new album "014163263626" is released in the UK. The first single, titled "Crazy You," will be released on April 14. Andrew co-wrote and produced the album.

INXS is scheduled to headline the Belgian rock festival "Rock Torhout - Werchter" this summer. The date and ticket information have not yet been announced.

And finally (whew!), a special six track live disc from the Aspen VH-1 show is being issued as a limited edition extra with some copies of Elegantly Wasted in Australia. You need to pre-order the disc at Brashs music store.

April 8, 1997:

Z95.3 in Vancouver will have an interview with Kirk and Andrew on Wednesday April 9, 1997 at 2pm Pacific Daylight Savings Time. The station simulcasts in RealAudio at

April 6, 1997:

The band world premiered its new album in Brussels on April 4 with an exclusive concert and press conference for the world media. Connect to Infonie for a full report!

April 2, 1997:

INXS will do an on-line chat April 16 on AOL in the MTV Online area.

The band appeared today on CNN's Showbiz Today program to talk about the new album and what they've been up to for the past few years. The clip was also shown on CNN's Headline News channel. The interview was taped earlier this year in New York City.

Elegantly Wasted is doing well on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay charts. It is currently at #33, up from #52 last week. It is not eligible for inclusion on the Hot 100 Singles chart because a commercial single is not being released.

April 1, 1997:

The concert video Live Baby Live will be shown on MCM (French Cable TV) on Wednesday April 3 at 20:40 European time. The show will also be broadcast throughout Europe; for details click on

On Friday, the 4th of April, INXS will present their brand new album Elegantly Wasted at a worldwide press conference in Brussels. You can join in and ask the band your questions at the event. For more information, go to

INXS will be interviewed on CFNY 102.1 (Toronto) on April 11th. The station is also planning a record release party.

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