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October 2000

October 30, 2000:

INXS Gig on New Year's Eve
INXS will perform on New Year's Eve at a concert extravaganza at Le Mans in Adelaide. INXS, with Jon Stevens again handling lead singer duties, will appear at the "Pitside Party" with special guest Taxiride. A simultaneous concert featuring Spiderbait, You Am I, and The Living End will also be staged at Le Mans at an alternate venue as part of the day-long festivities at the Le Mans race car track. The gig comes on the heels of INXS' October 13 gig at the Indy Grand Prix Ball, another race car event. 
Just A Man, the controversial new Michael biography by Patricia Glassop and Tina Hutchence, is now available in UK stores and via Amazon UK. Promoting the book in Britain today, Ms. Glassop proclaimed on the "This Morning" television show that Michael was driven to suicide by constant fights with Paula Yates, adding that he was not in love with Yates and did not want to marry her. In the wake of Yates' sad and untimely death in September, is it not time to move on? 
InMusic&Media reports that Billboard chart analyst Fred Bronson has put together the Top 50 best selling Australian hits ever in the United States. Savage Garden got the first two positions, with "Truly Madly Deeply" from 1998 at top spot, and "I Knew I Loved You" (2000) at No. 2. The others in the Top 10 are (3) "Downunder" Men At Work (1983), (4) "Jessie's Girl" Rick Springfield (1981), (5) "Don't Talk To Strangers" Rick Springfield (1982), (6) "Who Can It Be Now" Men At Work (1982), (7) "All Out Of Love" Air Supply (1980), (8) "I Am Woman" Helen Reddy (1972), (9) "The One That You Love" Air Supply (1981), and (10) "Need You Tonight" INXS (1988). In the Top 50, the most amount of hits were by Air Supply with nine, followed by LRB and Helen Reddy with eight each. INXS and Rick Springfield tied with five apiece, with Men At Work with four and Savage Garden with three.

October 2, 2000:

INXS Rocks The Olympics
INXS ended the Sydney Olympics in style last night, performing their anthemic hit "What You Need" before a worldwide audience in the billions. With Jon Stevens handling lead singer duties, the band once again proved they still belong on the world stage.
Following the Stadium Australia peformance, the band played an invitation-only gig at Sydney's Newsclub. Rocker Jimmy Barnes joined the band on-stage for a rousing rendition of "Good Times," and Australian Olympians like Michael Klim participated on-stage during the "Don't Change" finale. 
Next up for the band is an October 13 performance at the Indy Grand Prix Ball on the Gold Coast in Queensland.

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