An Excess of INXS - News

April 1998

April 24, 1998

INXS has donated a rare signed CD & Promo Booklet of Elegantly Wasted to the second annual T.J. Martell Foundation Celebrity AuctiOnline, which opened its floor to bids yesterday. The auction will aid the Foundation's fight against leukemia, cancer, and AIDS. The current bid is already up to $280, and the auction just began yesterday! Other artists involved in the Auction are U2, Fiona Apple, Kiss, Chumbawamba, Tori Amos, Jamiroquai, Hanson, and Oasis.

Paula Yates has checked into a clinic after a total nervous breakdown. The British TV presenter has reportedly cracked under the strain of her financial wrangles with Michael's family. Her ex-husband, Bob Geldof, has agreed to look after their daughters Fifi Trixibelle, 15, Peaches, eight, and Pixie, seven, for the time being. Yates child with Michael - 21-month old Tiger - is being cared for during the day by pal Belinda Brewin. She returns to Paula at night. A pal says, "She's had a total meltdown. She can't cope and she feels completely lost. She's lonely and realises her whole world has collapsed around her. The legal problems pushed her over the edge. Everybody's worried - this is the worst she's ever been."

April 19, 1998

INXS was voted #2 in Rolling Stone Australia's Readers' Poll in the "Comeback of the Year" category.

Australia's Business Review Weekly recently listed the Top 50 highest earning entertainers in Australia. INXS appeared at #21 with $1.6 million last year. The highest musical act on the list was Savage Garden, who earned $11 million last year and finished at #3.

April 10, 1998

Rumors have been swirling this past week over INXS' future. While the band has not yet made an official announcement, it appears imminent (based on my sources) that the band will not continue in the aftermath of Michael's death. Again, this is not confirmed, so please don't email me asking for verification! Regardless of what they decide, an album of unreleased material will see the light of day toward the end of this year. In addition, Michael's solo record, though finished, will not be released until the legal issues surrounding it are settled. A second big rumor in Sydney is the possibility of a tribute concert in Michael's memory. This appears quite likely, though a date or who would be involved is not known at this time.

Channel Ten in Australia will screen last week's rock concert held to raise funds for former Dragon lead singer Marc Hunter on April 25. The concert, featuring our very own Garry, Jimmy Barnes, Ian Moss and a host of other Australian top-liners, raised more than $100,000 for Hunter, who is in Korea undergoing a course of alternative medicine treatments for cancer of the throat.

Australia's Triple M radio station and The Daily Telegraph joined forces recently to count down the Top 1000 songs of all-time. INXS scored big with an astounding 29 songs making the countdown. They are "Don't Lose Your Head" (930), "The Swing" (901), "Taste It" (845), "Black and White" (815), "The Loved One" (805), "Need You Tonight" (742), "Never Tear Us Apart" (715), "Mystify" (692), "Good Times" (677), "Devil Inside" (664), "To Look At You" (633), "New Sensation" (591), "Bitter Tears" (560), "By My Side" (527), "Disappear" (496), "This Time" (472), "Kiss The Dirt" (385), "Shine Like It Does" (375), "Listen Like Thieves" (347), "Just Keep Walking" (306), "I Send A Message" (295), "Kick" (267), "Dancing On The Jetty" (228), "The One Thing" (193), "What You Need" (178), "Burn For You" (140), "Stay Young" (113), "Original Sin" (95), and finally, "Don't Change" (11).

April 2, 1998

Jon is set to judge Perth's 'Drum Mania IV' competition tonight. He will also be performing at the event. Tomorrow, he will be on hand for the grand opening of the new Drum Shop in Perth. In addition, Jon has gotten into acting. He's working with Richard Lowenstein who's directing a short (10 minutes) promoting tourism in Victoria. It's a non-speaking role but shows Jon in various action sequences including driving around in a sports car and playing golf. There is also going to be a 30 second spot culled from this to be shown on TV. Finally, Jon graces the cover of Australia's Drum Scene magazine with a six page article.

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