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