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August 2000

August 24, 2000:

"Coyote Ugly" Gaining Speed
The soundtrack to the current film Coyote Ugly continues to improve on the sales chart. The album, which features INXS' "Need You Tonight," posted an increase of more than 12,000 units over last week's numbers and -- with weekly sales totaling nearly 67,000 copies -- just missed the top 10.

August 22, 2000:

New INXS Cover Exclusive: The band Incision performed a great cover of INXS' classic early hit single "Just Keep Walking" on Saturday August 19 at the Sydney club Phoenix. The gothic-sounding group dedicated the song in Michael's memory. Check out Incision's official website for more information. (thanks to daniel stewart)

August 18, 2000:

Aftermath Of Cancelled Tour
News media around the world have widely reported on the cancellation of INXS' mini-tour of New Zealand. Links to several online news articles can be found in the Media section of this site.

Some of the articles make inflammatory statements bound to stir debate among the INXS faithful. Music365 writes, "INXS have had to cancel their tour of New Zealand because of poor ticket sales. The blow raises serious questions over whether the band can ever tour again without late frontman Michael Hutchence." Rolling Stone Online simply states, "It looks like Michael Hutchence is irreplaceable after all." What do you think about the tour cancellation? Is INXS doomed to forever remain in Michael's long shadow? Or is this merely a temporary setback? Post your opinions on the INXSweb Message Board and the INXS email list -- let the debate begin!

August 17, 2000:

Coyote Ugly Sales Exclusive: The biggest album sales gainer of the week in the United States is the soundtrack to Coyote Ugly, up a whopping 29,000 units over last week's figures. Despite the Disney film's second-week slump at the box office, the soundtrack shows legs, shifting more than 54,000 copies in its second week to move from #61 to #19 on the charts. The album features INXS' classic hit "Need You Tonight."

INXS Tour Cancelled
Next week's INXS with Jon Stevens concert dates have been cancelled, it was announced yesterday. The four shows, scheduled at Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Palmerston North, were cancelled due to poor ticket sales. Read the official report.

August 16, 2000:

Happy Birthday!
Happy birthday to INXS guitarist Tim Farriss, who turns 43 years young today! Today is also INXS' 23rd anniversary -- the band formed on this day back in 1977. Congratulations on another milestone year :)

August 11, 2000:

INXS To Play Olympics?
The musical line-up for the Opening Ceremonies of the Sydney Olympics has been announced. The three official theme songs that will be performed are "The Flame" (Tina Arena), "Dare To Dream" (John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John), and "Heroes Live Forever" (Vanessa Amorosi). The three Australian-composed songs were selected from approximately four thousand songs submitted for consideration, including an original composition by Andrew Farriss and Yothu Yindi. Though INXS will not appear at the Opening Ceremonies, Billboard Online reveals that the band is strongly rumoured to be appearing at the Closing Ceremonies on October 1. INXS mates Savage Garden have already signed on to perform their hit "Affirmation" at the Closing Ceremonies celebration.

Tim Farriss = Celebrity Gardener
On Monday August 14, a production crew from Channel 9's (Australia) "Burke's Backyard" will head down to Tim's farm at Kangaroo Valley. The show is a gardening/lifestyle program and Tim is the Celebrity Gardener for this week. The show is shown across Australia each Friday night and the program will air on August 18 at 7:30pm AEST.

August 10, 2000:

Happy Birthday!
Everyone here at would like to wish Jon Farriss a very very happy birthday! Jon turns 39 years young today.

Australian Tour Support
The Brisbane-based duo Skinpop has been tapped to open for INXS during the two-night Jindabyne stand, which is serving as warm-up for the New Zealand tour. Skinpop is touring in support of their self-titled five song EP, available through their official site

August 8, 2000:

New Zealand Tour Support
The New Zealand band Zed will open for INXS on their upcoming four-date tour with Jon Stevens in New Zealand (August 20 to 25.) Zed recently recorded their debut album "Silencer," out August 11, at INXS bassist Garry Gary Beers' Mangrove Studios in NSW Australia. Beers mixed the album, and David Nicholas (engineer for "Kick" and "X") produced it.

Zed has had great chart success in New Zealand with their debut singles "Oh! Daisy," "I'm Cold," and "Glorafilia." A fourth single, "Renegade Fighter," is due out later this month. The band's guitar-pop sound is said to have been influenced by the Beatles, Crowded House, and 90's Brit-rock artists Blur and Radiohead.

For more information on this promising up-and-coming band, please visit, the official Zed website.

Coyote Ugly
INXS' seminal 1988 classic "Need You Tonight" appears prominently in the new film Coyote Ugly. The song is also on the accompanying soundtrack, which is available for purchase from

August 1, 2000:

New Hutchence Book Nears Release
Just A Man," a biography of Michael Hutchence written by his sister, Tina Hutchence, and mother, Patricia Glassop, will be released on October 20 by publishers Sidgwick and Jackson. The book is now available for pre-order on the UK site of

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