An Excess of INXS - News

June 1999

June 28, 1999:

Belated birthday wishes to Garry Gary Beers, who turned 42 last week.

The Sunday Telegraph is reporting that several acts are bidding to perform the official song for the 2000 Olympic Games to be held in Sydney. INXS songwriter Andrew Farriss and Yothu Yindi's Mandawuy Yunupingu have penned a song entitled "Calling All Nations" for consideration as the anthem. Apparently, over 1000 songs have been submitted to Rob Hirst of Midnight Oil, who has been appointed to go through the songs. (thanks to kerry bergh)

Xpressway Management reports that footage from the Stadium Australia gig has been serviced to MTV and may be shown in the US within the next few weeks. MTV Australia has already played the concert last Friday evening. The show along with rehearsal footage will be available from once the site is revamped. Currently, the site offers a 40 second sample of "God Tank" by Garry's side band Mudhead.

Michael's ex-girlfriend and supermodel Helena Christensen is expecting a child in November with boyfriend Norman Reedus. Congratulations to the happy couple! (thanks to karen lobb)

June 16, 1999:

From InMusic&Media: "According to Tim Farriss after the band's triumphant four song set with Terence Trent D'Arby singing, at the official opening of Stadium Australia on Saturday June 12, "We felt great up there. Terence was very sensitive to the situation and he gave an awesome performance. It's given us a big taste of performing live again and we are all really pleased with the way it went." At this stage, there are no [further] definite live plans. D'Arby was definitely a one-off only: D'Arby has returned to Los Angeles to finish his solo album and finalise a world tour. The INXS set was just part of an overall entertainment package before a special soccer match between Australia and FIFA. It was attended by crowd of 88,101. Notably nervous backstage before, surrounded by family and friends, INXS performed high energy but faithful renditions of "Kick", "New Sensation", "What You Need" and "Never Tear Us Apart". Doing the latter song was probably the hardest thing for the band. It was played at Michael Hutchence's funeral. It was hard for INXS fans to take as well. Just before the song, Terence dedicated it to the "loving memory of our friend Michael Hutchence". The crowd went nuts but during the song emotions were clearly running high. Backstage, roadies, associates and media began to weep. Almost two years later, the Australian music industry has yet to come to terms with the sudden death of its first international rock star. Before the show, soft-spoken 37-year old D'Arby said, "This will be a cathartic experience to try to heal the pain (of Hutchence's death). It was an opportunity that something deep inside told me to take."

Critics drooled about the band's performance, their Peter Morrissey-designed costumes, and their choice of D'Arby. After the performance, INXS stayed for a after-event show in the grounds, mingling with sportspersons and politicians. They then split for their own party at a hotel, where they were joined by friends, family, long-time friends like Wendy Matthews and her manager Gary Grant (who once co-managed INXS), members of Terence's entourage, and cricket hero Dean Jones whose company coordinated the night's entertainment and had been instrumental in getting INXS back onstage. Tim Farriss was particularly keen to talk to Jones. Farriss has expressed interest in joining cricketer Michael Bevan's Manly District Cricket Club. (thanks to kerry bergh) (photographs by gregg porteous)

WFNX in Boston recently played the Top 500 Songs of All-Time according to area listeners. INXS was represented on the countdown by "New Sensation" (#205) and "The One Thing" (#294). Finishing at #1 was the Violent Femmes' seminal classic "Blister In The Sun."

June 15, 1999:

Undercover is reporting that material set for INXS' forthcoming disc is currently being mixed by Rollo in London. Rollo is Rollo Armstrong, founding member of the British group Faithless and a prolific English dance music producer in his own right. Among Rollo's credits include remixes of U2's "Numb," Olive's "You're Not Alone," Snap!'s "Rhythm Is A Dancer," and Pet Shop Boy's "Can You Forgiver Her?" Faithless, who broke on the scene with the million-selling Reverence, released a new album Sunday 8PM last fall. The band have also appeared on several soundtracks, including Cruel Intentions, A Life Less Ordinary, Forces Of Nature, and A Night At The Roxbury. (ed note: xpressway management has unequivocally denied this report)

The latest issue of Australia's WHO magazine features "The 100 Greatest Moments In Rock & Pop." At #25 is Michael Hutchence's funeral. Personally, I think INXS' triumphant 1991 sold-out Wembley Stadium gig is a much more fitting "great moment" in rock... (thanks to vince)

June 13, 1999:

Excerpted from today's Sunday Telegraph: "THE jewel of Sydney's Olympic crown, Stadium Australia, was officially opened last night with a multi-million dollar spectacular of sport and entertainment. A near-capacity crowd packed into the home of the Sydney 2000 Olympics for what was described as a once-in-a-lifetime historic celebration of "the powers of man's dreams." Before the Australian Socceroos match against the FIFA World Stars, hundreds of dancers, school children, singers, musicians and theatre stars turned on a dazzling performance backed by an amazing display of lasers and fireworks. Much-loved songwriter Mike (Up There Cazaly) Brady unveiled his latest work, Courage in Their Eyes. The stirring anthem is shortlisted to become the official Sydney Olympics theme. International chart-toppers Men at Work, who recently re-formed for a national tour, finished their set with their signature song and unofficial anthem, Down Under. And then, one of the moments the crowd had been waiting for - the much-anticipated return of INXS to the performance arena. Fronted by special guest vocalist Terence Trent D'Arby, the group had the stadium pumping with four of their biggest hits: Kick, New Sensation, What You Need and Never Tear Us Apart. D'Arby proved to be a wise choice for frontman, giving an energetic and faithful rendition of the songs. (thanks to sherrianne morrison)

Tom Jones and Natalie Imbruglia have recorded a a cover of INXS' Never Tear Us Apart for Jones' forthcoming album Reloaded. The concept is an album of covers with duets from various contemporary pop and rock acts. The album will be released through Gut Records in the UK and Festival Records in Australia (US distributor unknown). Other cover/duets on the album include Lenny Kravitz' Are You Gonna Go My Way? with Robbie Williams, Talking Heads' Burning Down The House with the Cardigans, and Iggy Pop's Lust For Life with Chrissie Hyndes.

June 10, 1999:

Richard Wilkins presented exclusive rehearsal footage of INXS and Terence Trent D'Arby preparing for this Saturday's 16 minute performance at Stadium Australia this morning on Sydney's Today television program. A brief clip of D'Arby soulfully singing the classic What You Need was shown. Unconfirmed rumors have been floating that two of the songs performed will be What You Need and New Sensation .(thanks to craig barnett)

June 6, 1999:

The following article appears in today's The Sunday Telegraph:

There was not a moment's awkwardness yesterday when Terence Trent D'Arby met the band he will front for an historic concert to officially open Stadium Australia this weekend. Terence and the five members of INXS bonded instantly on a cruise around Sydney Harbour as they began preparations for their performance preceding the FIFA All Stars and Socceroos match on Saturday. Although the American singer had enjoyed a friendship with the late INXS frontman Michael Hutchence, there were members of the band he had not met. Taking time out from recording, Terence said he had agreed to step into Hutchence's role simply because it felt right. "Something deep within me that I listen to told me to say 'yes'," he said. (thanks to john vink)

June 5, 1999:

INXS' return show on June 12 at the official opening of the 110,000-capacity Stadium Australia in Sydney - with guest singer Terence Trent D'Arby - will be televised in Australia on the Seven Network. According to a management source, a live webcast of the performance is being worked on, but it is unlikely to occur. InMusic&Media writes: "The band's return is a result of pestering by Aussie cricket great Dean Jones since last October. Jones' company Left Field Solutions won the tender to provide entertainment for the opening. Jones told journalist Simon Pristel, "We could have gone for anyone in the world but I wanted INXS (because) I'm a fan." Jones' celebrity as a cricketer gave him him access to the band. So too did the fact he went to Waverly High School in Melbourne with David Edwards, who is management consultant to the band. They finally agreed six weeks ago because, says Jones, "They are sports nuts, and they understand the importance of the Olympics, and they wanted to cement their names in history."

German TV station DSF will broadcast the celebrity football match on Saturday June 12th from 12:50 - 15: 00 CET. It is unknown at present whether they will also be showing INXS' performance before the match. (thanks to andrea mueller)

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that, "...In 1984, the six INXS band members bought themselves a handy little Neutral Bay residential investment property. It was the first of many collective property buys by the band as they invested their megastar earnings in bricks and mortar. The unrenovated Hayes Street duplex cost them just $258,000 back then. It was sold yesterday for $1.14 million. Just what you need." (thanks to jennie mohler and kerry bergh)

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