June 29, 2000:
US Sales for Michael Hutchence
Exclusive: Michael's album sold 207 copies last week in the US,
bringing its cumulative sales to date to 28,271. The top three
markets were Chicago, Baltimore, and Phoenix. (thanks to jackie)
Hand Speaks Out
InMusic&Media reports: New South
Wales coroner Derek Hand, appearing on Nine Network's "A Current
Affair" a week before his retirement, reveals he is a bit puzzled by
Paula Yates questioning his finding in the death of INXS singer
Michael Hutchence. Yates was unhappy he found it was suicide, not
auto-eroticism, that claimed the singer's life in a Sydney hotel
room. Hand said, "I'm afraid I can't understand her thinking. She
wanted her child to be told it was auto-eroticism as compared to
suicide. I would think that any caring parent would be able to
explain suicide to someone, and the reason for suicide, as against
trying to explain auto-eroticism death." (thanks to kerry
June 22, 2000:
Happy Birthday to
Garry Gary Beers, who turns 43 today!
Garry Radio Interview(thanks to ben
During an interview with Triple M
radio this past weekend, Garry revealed that the recent Melbourne
gig was actually supposed to have been INXS' last before they called
it quits. Instead, the show went so well that the band performed a
second show in Sydney. He added that even after three years of not
performing a full INXS set, they all just got up there and clicked
together, doing what they do best and really enjoying it. There was
no word on whether Jon Stevens would become a more permanent lead
singer, but Garry said that Stevens did a fantastic job and actually
less mistakes than the rest of the band. When asked if there
are any more plans on the horizon, Garry replied that the band is
just now getting used to the idea of the possibility of doing some
more stuff in the future.
June 15, 2000:
US Sales for Michael Hutchence
Exclusive: The debut album from the late Michael Hutchence continues
to suffer from poor sales in the United States, selling just 277
copies this past week. This is down from sales of 301 last week.
Total sales-to-date now stand at 27,811 copies sold. (thanks to jackie)
Dawn "Angel" Guzman has
launched a new fansite dedicated to Michael Hutchence and his
daughter Tiger Lily. The site features photographs of both father
and daughter, and also displays fanwork. Check out the site at http://www.angelfire.com/80s/michaelhutchence/.
Cover of "Don't Change"(thanks to mitch
A sample of the cover of "Don't
Change" that appears on the soundtrack to the recent Aussie film
Sample People is available at http://www.samplepeople.com.au/djbooth.html. The
cover is performed by 4 Star with vocals by Kiva. None other than
Andrew Farriss served as executive producer for this updated
version. The soundtrack is now available at Amazon.com.
Triple M radio in Sydney
has reported that production has started in the USA on a cartoon
series featuring INXS. No independent verification has of yet been
received. (thanks to gail
June 14, 2000:
There is an INXS fan
gathering scheduled at the Bites 'n Bytes internet-bistro
in Ratingen, Germany (next to
Duesseldorf and near Cologne) on July 22, 2000 starting at 7pm local
time. Winterland, a German rock band influenced by INXS, will
perform at the event. For more information, please email Andrea and Chris.
(thanks to andrea mueller)
ONYA! Award Nominations
An Excess of INXS has
been nominated for an award in the Australian Online Music Awards
(ONYA! 2000), sponsored by OzEmail Internet and Microsoft. The ONYA!
Awards were created to honour innovation, pioneering &
excellence in the creation, presentation, delivery and commerce of
music and music technology via the Internet. This is the second
straight year inxsweb.com has been nominated. Public voting has
started and will end on July 15. Please click on the logo to the
right to submit your vote! Only one vote per person is allowed, and
every Australian voter will also be in the running to win an Apple
iMac computer! Thank you all for your kind support.
In addition to An Excess of INXS, nominated in the "Australian
Fansite" category, two related sites have been nominated in the
"Australian Artist Site" category that honors achievements in
official sites. INXS.com and MichaelHutchence.org have
both received nominations for the first time in this category.
Please support these excellent websites by casting a ballot on their
June 7, 2000:
Yates wins libel damages
presenter Paula Yates has won substantial, undisclosed libel damages
over claims she deliberately became pregnant by Michael Hutchence to
trap him into a permanent relationship. Ms Yates' solicitor, Anthony
Burton, told Mr Justice Eady she had suffered "serious injury to her
reputation and has been caused acute hurt, distress and
embarrassment" by the allegations, which were taken from a book
about Hutchence published last year.
Mr Burton said it was
alleged that Paula Yates "deceitfully and without the knowledge of
her partner, Michael Hutchence, deliberately became pregnant by him
in order to entrap or ensnare him into a permanent relationship with
her whether he liked it or not".
He added that it was also
alleged she had "tastelessly" created a false story after Michael
Hutchence's death telling how they had both received fertility
treatment to conceive their child, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily, who
was born in July 1996.
Ms Yates had been Hutchence's partner from
1994 until the INXS lead singer's death in November 1997.
claims were contained in a book by Vince Lovegrove and published by
Faber & Faber, which released a warranty assuring the matters
contained in the book were true.
In turn, Faber & Faber
relied on an equivalent warranty from the book's original Australian
publisher. Mr Burton said Associated Newspapers Ltd, Faber &
Faber, and the Australian publishers "have between them agreed to
pay substantial damages to the claimaint and her legal costs in
settlement of her claims".
Ms Yates' principal concern, he said,
was to show that Tiger was a wanted baby.
After the hearing,
Paula Yates said: "I am happy. I think when people start to tell
lies about a three-year-old child anyone would take action. "I am
getting used to hearing nonsense every single day about myself."
June 6, 2000:
Launch of Michael Hutchence Fan
Since Kelland Hutchence, the father of rock icon Michael
Hutchence, opened his son's award winning Memorial Website, tens of
thousands of fans around the globe have logged on to browse through
a virtual memorial fashioned with graphics, text, video and sound
files. So overwhelming has been the response to the Memorial Website
that Kelland has collaborated with Swiss web designers Mario and
Jacky Ferrari and INXS enthusiast Ange Perou to form the Official
Michael Hutchence Fan Club. The Fan Club will be officially launched
on Thursday 8th June, 2000 as part of a festive activities
celebrating the reopening of Sydney's Hard Rock Cafe. For more
Goo Goo Dolls cover available(thanks to jason)
Goo Goo Dolls' unplugged
rendition of Don't Change is available for the entire month of June
at melodicrock.com. Another downloadable track is
R.I.P. (Millie) from Jon Stevens' Noiseworks.
June 5, 2000:
INXS Live On The 'Net
performance at the Metro in Sydney with Jon Stevens will be
broadcast on the internet starting today at both chaosvision.com and
inxs.com. The concert, broken up into three parts, will be aired
over the next three successive weeks. The complete concert will then
remain online for one week, commencing June 26th. The show's first
six songs are released today: "Guns In The Sky," "New Sensation,"
"Taste It," "Time," "Kiss The Dirt," and "Heaven Sent."
INXS Tribute Show in Argentina
El Duelo, an Argentinian
band inspired by INXS, will perform a two hour show of INXS covers
on June 10 at Teatro Verdi (Av. Alte Brown 736 Cap. Fed.) The venue
has a capacity size of 1,200 people, and the gig will kick off at
11pm. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more
information on this "monster tribute" show.
Two new, recent pictures of Michael's
daughter Tiger Lily have appeared on the web -- please visit pages
19 and 20 in the "Tiger Pix" section of Donna B's
website to view the photographs.
Letter to the Editor...(thanks to emfarriss)
A letter to the editor
appearing in this week's Entertainment Weekly:
"Could these kids
(N*Sync) really kick anybody's ass? Doubtful. Might loosen a curl or
scuff the kidskin. Give me a street-smart Bono, an unwashed Michael
Hutchence in smelly leathers... These poor kids today. They'll never
know what it is to rock." Melissa McGee, Temple, TX
June 4, 2000:
Behind the music re-airing
announced it will re-air its special "Behind the Music: Michael
Hutchence" program in the United States on Monday, June 26 at 9pm
(ET/PT). (thanks to joe)