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March 1998

March 30, 1998

Paula Yates' appearance on Australia's 60 Minutes this past weekend in Australia is making news headlines around the world. She doesn't believe Michael committed suicide, and she is talking to lawyers about overturning the coroner's verdict. "I will be making it abundantly clear that because of information that I and only I could know about Michael... I cannot accept the verdict." I have several news stories on this subject on the Tribute page.

Garry played twelve songs at the "Night of the Hunter" benefit show on March 27 in Sydney. He jammed with Richard Clapton, Jack Jones, Margaret Urlich, Jenny Morris, and many more over the course of the evening.

Jon is set to judge Perth's upcoming 'Drum Mania IV' local drum competition. He will also be performing.

Michael and Paula's daughter, Tiger, will be christened tomorrow at an unnamed Sydney church.

March 27, 1998

Happy 39th Birthday to Andrew Farriss!

March 26, 1998

Kirk Pengilly was in Adelaide a few weeks ago to produce the recording of a 5 track EP for his brother's (Drew) band called COO at Adelaide's Hippo Studios. Kirk was also briefly interviewed by Australia's Channel 7 news where he confirmed the end of INXS but added the band will go on in a different form. (What exactly that means is unclear.)

March 24, 1998

A "tell-all" interview with Paula Yates will air on Australia's 60 Minutes this weekend. Paula, though currently in Australia visiting with Michael's father among others, taped the interview while in London and at her beachfront cottage she once shared with Michael.

Jon will not appear at the March 27 "Night of the Hunter" benefit show for Mark Hunter as originally planned. Garry is still on the bill to perform, though.

March 18, 1998

One of Michael's housing properties is to be auctioned off today by Ray White at the Sheraton Mirage Resort QLD - right in the centre of the Gold Coast. The property is 13-17 La Spezia Court, Isle of Capri in Queensland, Australia. The pre-auction estimate is around AUS$1 million. For more information on the property, click here.

March 10, 1998

After much investigation, it has been revealed that Michael was not at all bankrupt. Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily, his one and a half year old daughter, will inherit half of her father's $32 million fortune. Michael created a web of complex investments to shield his money from relatives he wanted nothing to do with. The other half of Michael's estate will be divided between his father and Heavenly's mother, Paula Yates. Some sums of money will also go to Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth.

The following was a short article printed in Melbourne's Sunday Herald-Sun:

"Publicist Shawn Deacon says there was something special in the air at the recent U2 show in Sydney"

A clap of thunder accompanied by lightning startled the concert crowd not long after U2 started the song One, dedicated to late Aussie rock star Michael Hutchence. "Everyone there was amazed how it was only during this particular part of the night that the lightning started flashing," she said. "It was as though Bono and Michael were talking to each other. Of course, at Michael's funeral, which was on a stinking hot day, there was a huge flash of lightning and clap of thunder when they brought his coffin out of the church and put it into the hearse." Deacon said INXS planned to release an album of out takes and rare tracks later this year. A Michael Hutchence solo album is also receiving the finishing touches. Meanwhile U2 singer Bono revealed to the Sunday Herald Sun that Hutchence had been a strong political and social campaigner. "Michael was really concerned with what was happening in East Timor, for example," Bono said.

March 4, 1998

A tribute/benefit entitled "Night of the Hunter" will be held at the Selinas in Sydney on March 27. The show is for Mark Hunter, the lead singer of the Australian band Dragon, who is suffering from throat cancer. Garry and Jon are confirmed to be appearing at the event. Other acts on the line-up are members of Midnight Oil, Cold Chisel, Men At Work, Mental As Anything, Todd Hunter, Richard Clapton, Jack Jones, and many many more. If you'd like to help out Marc's fight for life but can't make it to the show, you can send a donation to Good Vibrations, P.O. Box KX300, Kings Cross, NSW, 2011, Australia.

March 2, 1998

U2 dedicated its Sydney concert on February 27 to Michael, who was close friends with Bono. The tribute took place in front of Michael's family, friends, and fans at Sydney Football Stadium. Four INXS members (all save Tim) were also in attendance. Midway through the third encore - after playing the song "Wake Up Dead Man," Bono said, "Just wanted to say goodbye. In front of his family, his band mates, and his friends. Just wanted to say goodbye. So goodbye Michael." The group then launched into it's hit "One" during which Bono stopped singing and said, "Turn the lights off, turn all the lights off." The band continued playing in darkness for about a minute before the lights slowly started returning. U2 then walked off stage to the strains of "Never Tear Us Apart," leaving an emotionally charged audience, many of whom were hugging each other or crying. Among the friends in attendance at the show were members of Midnight Oil, former girlfriends Kylie Minogue and Helena Christensen, Danni Minogue, Laurence Fishburne, and Keanu Reeves.

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