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February 2000

February 22, 2000:

Michael Hutchence is officially released today in the United States. Please purchase a copy this week to ensure a high debut on the charts!

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Rolling Stone is now offering an MP3 download of Michael Hutchence's unreleased track "Let The People Talk."

February 21, 2000:

Patricia Glassop, Michael Hutchence's mother, has lost her defamation action in the NSW Supreme Court against The Sun Herald and The Sunday Age. The legal action stemmed from March 1998 articles that suggested Glassop was so greedy it was necessary for Hutchence to take special steps with his will to protect the inheritance of his daughter Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily. Counsel for the newspapers, Bruce McClintock SC, said no reasonable reader would think like that.

February 20, 2000:

Kell Hutchence will appear on several radio stations in the next few days to discuss Michael's solo record, which is released in the US on Tuesday. Here is Kell's schedule:

February 21
CFNY 102.1 FM (Toronto) 5pm (website)

February 22
WKOC 93.7 FM (Virginia) 5:30am (website)
KCTY 106.9 FM (Omaha) 5pm (website)

February 23
WFNX 101.7 FM (Boston) 6.30-6.45am (website)
WXRV 92.5 FM (Boston) 6.50-7.05am (website)
WNNX 99x FM (Atlanta) 7.15-7.30am (website)

February 17, 2000:

Michael Hutchence has been named "Release Of The Week" in a poll at Wall of Sound. Congratulations! (thanks to jamie castaneda)

Here's a preview of the album from the Wall of Sound website: Prior to his untimely death in 1997, INXS singer Michael Hutchence recorded the bulk of what would be his final solo disc, save for some last-minute polishing from producers Andy Gill and Danny Saber. Hutchence started writing the songs in 1995 with Gill, a cofounder of the seminal band Gang of Four, later inviting Danny Saber (of Black Grape) into the mix. Hutchence took some time away from the project to work on INXS' 1997 release, Elegantly Wasted, and never had a chance to return to his solo effort. A year after his death, the producers revisited the material and determined that they had enough to release a "f--king great" album. Hutchence pal Bono (of U2) stepped in later to add vocals to the disc's final track, "Slide Away."

E! Online Preview: "If INXS frontman Hutchence had lived, this surreal solo set might have returned him to the spotlight. This album reveals an artist eager to push his pop boundaries to explore new rhythms, textures and song structure. Still, belated release is better than none, and Hutchence fans will surely take this sonic experiment to broken heart."

February 16, 2000:

Michael Hutchence's B-side "Standing On The Rooftop" is now available for free download at You must have Windows Media Player installed on your computer to hear the track. music fans can now access a digital download of the unreleased Hutchence track "Let the People Talk." is also offering fans a streaming track of Hutchence's "Slide Away" featuring U2's Bono. "We are thrilled to offer music fans the unreleased track 'Let the People Talk' from the late INXS leader Michael Hutchence," said Jason Fiber, vice president, Digital Strategies, " and Wherehouse Music's strong relationship with V2 Records, Sony/Epic, and other leading labels has proven successful in securing us digital downloads. is deeply committed to taking our digital assets to the next level and we look forward to delivering more digital music to online music fans in the near future." In addition, those who pre-order the new album Michael Hutchence at the site will receive a 20" x 30" promotional poster from

There will be an industry listening party in support of Michael's album from 7-9pm on February 22 at LUSH in New York City (110 Duane Street, between Church & Broadway.) Sponsored by V2 Records and Rolling Stone, a $15 donation to LIFEbeat is requested at the door. RSVP to Sonya Lockett at (212) 966-4329.

Channel 10 in Australia will premiere an edited version of the "E! True Hollywood Story" on Michael Hutchence on February 23.

February 8, 2000:

Rapper Big Punisher, currently heard on Jennifer Lopez' "Feelin' So Good" single, suffered a heart attack and was pronounced dead Monday afternoon at the age of 28. Pun leapt from the underground to the mainstream with his 1998 album Capital Punishment and the hit single "Still Not A Player." At the time of his death, the rapper was preparing to release his sophomore album, titled Yeehah Baby, in April. In August 1998 Big Pun recorded a reggae/hip-hop version of INXS' "Need You Tonight" for the film How Stella Got Her Groove Back entitled "Makes Me Sweat."

Undercover reports that Sir Tim Rice has made a flash trip to Australia to officially launch the 'Tim Rice Musical Spectacular' with INXS and the cream of Australia's rock, pop and contemporary acts. At yesterday's launch in Sydney, Sir Tim announced that he will be collaborating with INXS on a new song to be debuted during the Spectacular. Sir Tim Rice will await the band to write him some music so that he can add the lyrics. Rice also announced that he will host the show and sing two songs. "I'll be doing my own interpretation of Any Dream Will Do. I wanted to sing 15 songs but I've been cut back to two. I was told it would be better for ticket sales". Joining Rice and INXS will be Bachelor Girl, Kate Ceberano, Anthony Warlow, Iva Davies from Icehouse and David Essex.

Tickets for the 10-date Australian tour have officially gone on sale. You can purchase tickets online through Ticketek Online.

Rich Davis, a long time INXS devotee, has opened a new fan site entitled "Axcess All Areas". The site is purely devoted to INXS' live performances and recordings, and includes a bootleg discography as well as a live recordings trading post for fans to share private recordings.

InMusic&Media reports that the $16 million "Godspell" musical has entered receivership. Queensland-based Hutchison Entertainment Group pulled out its funding after a difference of opinion over the show and touring schedule, according to its manager Graham Hutchison. These names included Jimmy Barnes (who was to play Judas and John The Baptist), Terence Trent D'Arby (Jesus Christ), Debra Byrne, Marie Wilson, Wendy Matthews (Mary Magdalene), Paul Mercurio, Fiona Horne, Angry Anderson and David Dixon. Rehearsals were to start in the week beginning February 8 in Sydney. The show was to go on the road in March with a 10-piece rock band, circus performers, trapeze artists and state of the art effects. Its British-based director and designer, Ultz, said he had been working six months on the show and told one reporter, "We have all lost money. And we all made ourselves unavailable for other projects but there seems to be no one to sue." The first single from the "Godspell" album is Wendy Matthew's version of "Day By Day," produced and engineered by Andrew Farriss. (thanks to kerry bergh)

February 7, 2000:

Late Night with David Letterman is hosting an online poll for viewers to vote on their favorite episode. Please visit their official website and cast your vote for INXS' three appearances: Nov 93 ("Please" with Ray Charles), Nov 94 ("The Strangest Party"), and Apr 97 ("Elegantly Wasted"). (thanks to chris thompson)

iLive Inc. has announced that Kenneth Buttice, one of music's most respected and versatile talents who has been actively involved with many of the industry's biggest stars including The Eagles, The Cars, Joni Mitchell, Madonna, Queen, INXS, Motley Crue, Rod Stewart, and Fleetwood Mac has joined the recently launched entertainment network,

US First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton has officially kicked off her New York senate campaign in style -- heard blaring from her PA system was none other than INXS' own "New Sensation"!

February 3, 2000: Media Release - INXS TO TAKE PART IN TIM RICE SPECTACULAR

The members of INXS today announced their participation in a major new Australian production, "Tim Riceís Musical Spectacular."

Andrew Farriss, Tim Farriss, Jon Farriss, Garry Gary Beers and Kirk Pengilly will join an all-star cast performing songs by Sir Tim Rice, one of popular musicís most extraordinary songwriters, in a national tour beginning April 25.

Sir Tim Rice and Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber have arguably penned the most noteworthy popular music of our time, with productions such as "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Evita", "The Lion King", "AIDA", "Octopussy", "Beauty And The Beast", and "Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat".

The music of Tim Rice may seem a long way from the rockíníroll stadiums of the world, which INXS know so well, but the appeal of the show lies precisely in its "left-of-centre" nature.

In addition to their success as one of the world's great bands, Tim, Andrew, Garry, Jon and Kirk are all gifted writers, arrangers, producers and musicians in their own right. The opportunity to step outside INXS to work on side projects, either as individuals or collectively, has always been eagerly sought throughout their 23-year career. With the demands of international touring not currently present, the possibility of exploring new musical pursuits has now become a reality.

"INXS has always been into challenges and to apply our ideas and our sounds to such a diverse and famous set of material as this is a very attractive proposition for us," Garry Gary Beers said.

The band have not yet finalised which songs from Rice's extensive catalogue they will perform, however they are eager to begin rehearsals to give the selected songs new arrangements and new sounds. Vocalists will be chosen from the cast members, Iva Davies, Bachelor Girl, Kate Ceberano, Anthony Warlow and David Essex depending on the song.

"We've never done anything like this before", Tim Farriss added. "Quite simply, to not be playing INXS music for a change and performing someone else's songs, and with the backing of a large orchestra, is a really interesting and challenging concept. We're really looking forward to it." (for further information visit inxs' official website)

February 2, 2000:

The video for "A Straight Line" from Michael Hutchence's album which will be released in the US on 22nd February 2000, was added today to VH-1's playlist.

February 1, 2000:

Listening party and chat with Kelland Hutchence on 8th February 2000
V2 Records has set up a listening party to help promote the US release of Michael Hutchence's solo album in the US. It takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 8th at 8 pm EST on Yahoo!'s music affiliate Visitors will be able to hear the album in its entirety for free as well as download an unreleased track, "Let The People Talk." Immediately following the broadcast of the album, Yahoo! Chat will be hosting a chat with Michael's father, Kelland Hutchence, in which Michael's fans and admirers will have an open forum to ask Mr. Hutchence any questions that might be on their minds. The full album will be archived for 24 hours following the listening party and the unreleased track will be available for download for 60 days after the 8th.

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