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November 1999

November 24, 1999:

From Undercover: In accordance with his wishes, the ashes of Michael Hutchence have been scattered in the Himalayas. Michael's brother Rhett has told the media that the family have respected Michael's request and have scattered his ashes to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of his death. There was no memorial service for fans this year but family and friends gathered at Sydney's St Andrews Cathedral (the church where Michael's service was held) on Sunday night to pay their respects.

Last night in Melbourne, an auction of paintings from Michael's collection brought in double their estimated value. The Norman Lindsay art "Abundance" sold for $32,200 after being estimated at $10,000. Another, Rupert Bunny's "Nymphs in a Glade" sold for $12,650 after being estimated at $6,000. The auction at Christies in South Yarra, attracted a capacity crowd of more than 500.

November 23, 1999:

Long live the Indonesians! "A Straight Line" moves up six notches this week to #2 on the country's singles chart -- congratulations! In Japan, the single has peaked at #21, and this week slips to #30.

InMusic&Media reports that paintings owned by Michael Hutchence will go up for auction through Christies this week. The paintings, which hung in his houses around the world, are by Russell Drysdale, Norman Lindsay, Rupert Bunny and Brett Whitleley. Some are expected to for between $10,000 to $15,000. (thanks to kerry bergh)

November 20, 1999:

URGENT: Kell Hutchence Chat at 9pm EST Sat Night 11/20

Kell Hutchence has had a number of people from various parts of the world contact him in regards to linking up on the eve of the second anniversary of Michael's passing. Kell has therefore decided to appear in the chat room on this site ( on Saturday 9pm EST (1pm Sunday in Australia).

ADDENDUM: Kell will chat again on Monday 3pm EST (Tuesday 7am AEST) so fans in Europe will also get a chance to talk with him and ask questions. Thanks Kell!

November 18, 1999:

MEDIA RELEASE re: Michael Kelland Hutchence and the Second Anniversary of his death on 22nd November 1999

The family wish to advise that there will be no memorial service at the Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens this year but friends and fans are invited to visit the memorial gardens where a new bronze bust of Michael has been located. For those wanting to send flowers, please send them to Michael Hutchence c/o Memorial Gardens, Delhi Rd., North Ryde NSW.

On Sunday 21st November the family will be attending the normal Sunday evening service at 6:30pm, at St. Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney, the church where Michael's funeral service was held. Friends and fans are invited to attend. The family will also be attending Michael's memorial site on Monday 22nd November.

It may be of interest to learn that the memorial website at has had 27,000 visitors since the site was launched on 11th October 1999 and statistics show that those visitors have collectively made over one million hits to the website, spending an average of 13:30 minutes viewing the site. Some seven hundred letters of tribute have been written into the onsite guest book. The website has also received two international web awards for its high standard of presentation and content.

November 15, 1999:

"A Straight Line" moves up to #8 this week in Indonesia, giving the song its first Top Ten placing on an international chart. In Japan, the single climbs three spots to #21.

"Possibilities," a potential future single from Michael Hutchence was featured on last night's "Felicity" television program in the United States.

November 8, 1999:

The first single released from Michael Hutchence continues to do exceedingly well in Asia. "A Straight Line" moves up seven notches this week to #17 in Indonesia, while in Japan the single soars up an amazing fifty-nine spots to #24 in its second week. Congratulations! In other news, the album has slipped to #60 on the Australian ARIA Album Charts.

The Whitlams' Love This City has debuted at #3 on the Australian ARIA Album Charts. The album, already certified gold, was partially recorded at Garry Gary Beer's Mangrove Studio 1. Garry also performs bass on six tracks, including the current hit single "Chunky Chunky Air Guitar."

NY Post reports: "HOLLYWOOD came to the Harbour last night as Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise, Cate Blanchett, Ewan McGregor, Sarah O'Hare, Charlie Sheen, John Leguizamo, Sam Neill and Shirley Jones turned up to toast the new Fox Studios Australia at the gala opening in Sydney last night, reports Page Six's Jeane MacIntosh. Homegrown Kidman drew deafening cheers from the 4,000-strong crowd as she made her way down the red carpet in a slinky Christian Dior sheath. The sexy stunner, who broke a rib a few days back practicing dance steps for Baz Lurhmann's "Moulin Rouge" with McGregor - the film's being shot at the sprawling $450 million studio complex - looked none the worse for the wear as she made her way down the nearly 1-kilometer-long walk into the bash." Also attending the glittering black-tie gala were the members of INXS, Kylie Minogue (who performed "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend"), and Tina Arena (who performed "My Heart Will Go On").

November 7, 1999:

Garry, Andrew, and Jon appeared today at Wonderland's "Kids' Fun Day" in Sydney in support of the charity Youth Off The Streets. The trio performed three INXS songs: "What You Need" with Billy Thorpe, "Shine Like It Does" with Wendy Matthews, and "Good Times" with Thorpe and Matthews sharing vocals. The ensemble also performed the Absent Friends' "Nobody But You" ('Best Single' winner at 1991 ARIA Awards) and Billy Thorpe & The Aztec's 1972 hit "Most People I Know Think That I'm Crazy," a song so popular in Australia it was recently commemorated with its own postal stamp. Wendy Matthews has worked with individual INXS members on numerous occasions, including Garry's side project Absent Friends. Billy Thorpe last appeared on stage with INXS at last year's Mushroom Records 'Concert of the Century' for the "Good Times" encore.

November 2, 1999:

"A Straight Line," the first single from the recently released Michael Hutchence, has climbed eight notches to #24 on the Indonesian singles chart. In Japan, the single has debuted at #83.

November 1, 1999:

Michael Hutchence has fallen to #30 on this week's ARIA Album Chart in Australia.

Unfortunately, it appears the rumoured New Year's Eve gig has been cancelled. Apparently, Glen Wheatley and John Farnham are unhappy that the new Victorian Labor Government is unwilling to contribute to the cost of staging the concert. (thanks to rick rutjens)

E! Press Release: "Rocked to Death: Michael Hutchence -- The E! True Hollywood Story": This one-hour episode of "The E! True Hollywood Story" explores the how and why behind the strange death of INXS singer Michael Hutchence. With the swagger of Jagger, and the passion of Morrison, pop idol Michael Hutchence was the voice and soul of '80s rock 'n' roll. But one fateful night in a Sydney hotel, Hutchence was found hanging by the neck with a belt -- coroners confirmed the initial reports and a legion of fans went into mourning. The program traces Hutchence's career from his early days as a budding rock star to his meteoric rise to rock icon, and his tangled romantic life. The episode offers rare behind the scenes footage of Hutchence and includes one of his final interviews. Premieres Sunday, December 5 at 9:00 PM ET/PT. (1 hr.) (thanks to karen gerard)

Garry, Jon, and Andrew will perform with Billy Thorpe and Wendy Matthews for a twenty minute set to raise money for the charity "Youth Off The Streets" on November 7 at Wonderland in Sydney. The event is part of "Kids' Fun Day."

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