An Excess of INXS - News

February 2001


Ted Mulry Benefit Concert Update
InMusic&Media reports that at least five bands from the past - Sherbet, Noiseworks, Autumn, Stylus and the John Paul Young Allstars - will reunite for two benefit shows for the ailing Ted Mulry of TMG, while Richard Clapton will team up with some members from INXS. The shows will be held Friday March 9 and Saturday 10 at the City Live nightclub in Sydney, with totally different line ups each night. The Friday show includes John Paul Young and the Allstars, Billy Thorpe, Ross Wilson, Richard Clapton with Tim Farriss, Jon Farriss, and Garry Gary Beers (INXS), Russell Morris, Gina Jeffreys, Tim Freeman, Stylus and TMG fronted by Ted's brother Steve. The Saturday show has Sherbet, Rose Tattoo, Autumn, Radiators, Mental As Anything, Noiseworks, Adam Brand and TMG again. More acts will be announced. Radio stations around the country are auctioning trips to Sydney for this two day event to help raise money. Tickets are on sale via Ticketek.


INXS in the UK
INXS is confirmed to perform at "The Big Issue" in July 2001 at the Milton Keynes Bowl, England according to NME. (Note: The band has not yet confirmed their participation in this festival.) Other artists confirmed include Busta Rhymes, Biohazard, and Alisha's Attic; close-to-confirmed artists include the Eurythmics, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, LL Cool J, and Sonique. Other rumored acts include Radiohead, Oasis, Basement Jaxx, and Primal Scream. The three day event will run July 27-29, and benefit the Big Issue Foundation, Shelter and a number of homeless charities in the UK. Organisers are pitching the concert as the "greatest charity event since Live Aid." Tickets for the event are priced at 85 pounds for the three days, with none available for individual days. Camping facilities on the Bowl's 40-acre site will also be available.


INXS Survivor Game
Davy Jones, an INXS enthusiast, has created a hilarious on-line version of the famous "Survivor" television show featuring INXS members and INXS-associated people. The objective? To be the final survivor standing! Fans do all the voting in this unique and clever game -- check out the action and participate at


Ted Mulry Benefit Concert
InMusic&Media reports: Benefit concerts are to be held in Sydney, and possibly Melbourne, in March for guitarist and songwriter Ted Mulry who is battling cancer. The music industry was quietly aware that Mulry, who led the Ted Mulry Gang in the '70s ("Jump In My Car", "Darktown Strutters Ball"), had had surgery on his adrenal gland and had a tumor removed from the brain. But in recent weeks, the cancer has spread to his lungs and stomach. Rumours are that Cold Chisel and Sherbet will reunite for shows to raise money for his medical bills, with sets by Midnight Oil, the Angels and the Hoodoo Gurus. Though INXS won't perform as a band, a few of the members may appear at the event. Plans are for a similar benefit concert to be held in Melbourne; failing that, an auction will be held.


BBC Hutchence Program
INXSweb Exclusive: The BBC will air a 15 minute program called "Michael Hutchence's Rock Shrine" on Thursday, February 22 from 19.45-20.00. This widescreen special follows family, friends and fans as they gather at the memorial in Sydney built by his father to remember his music and the tragedy that ended his life. The program will repeat at the following times: February 23 (01.00-01.15), February 24 (00.00-00.15, 19.45-20.00), and February 25 (01.40-02.00). Check the BBC Website for more information.


The Swing Hits Platinum Mark
INXSweb Exclusive: INXS' monumental fourth LP, The Swing, has just been certified platinum (sales in excess of 1 million copies) by the RIAA in the United States. The landmark work was initially released on November 19, 1984 and features such classic INXS hits as "Original Sin" and "Burn For You." Congratulations to INXS on this incredible achievement! (thanks to aaron seifferlein)

Here is a rundown on the current US certifications for INXS albums (in order):

  • Shabooh Shoobah (Gold)
  • The Swing (Platinum)
  • Listen Like Thieves (2x Platinum)
  • Kick (6x Platinum)
  • X (2x Platinum)
  • Live Baby Live (Platinum)
  • Welcome To Wherever You Are (Platinum)
  • Greatest Hits (Platinum)


    CD101 Countdown Results
    CD101 in Columbus, Ohio recently completed a massive countdown of the Top 2001 most requested songs in the station's history. INXS placed on the chart an amazing 23 times! Here are the tracks that made the list: "Taste It" (1792), "Good Times" (1697), "Elegantly Wasted" (1650), "The Gift" (1613), "I Send A Message" (1567), "Disappear" (1494), "What You Need" (1314), "Devil Inside" (1259), "New Sensation" (1092), "Need You Tonight/Mediate" (990), "Beautiful Girl" (943), "Kick" (819), "Guns In The Sky" (749), "Bitter Tears" (719), "Not Enough Time" (675), "Mystify" (639), "Don't Change" (607), "Listen Like Thieves" (570), "Suicide Blonde" (537), "Original Sin" (530), "Never Tear Us Apart" (521), "The One Thing" (361), and "This Time" (311). The entire 2001 song chart is available at the CD 101 website. (thanks to jeff blasinski)


    Courtney To Play Paula?
    Radio Undercover reports that Courtney Love has said that she would like to play the part of the late Paula Yates on film. There is currently no movie scheduled on Yates, but Love insists that she'll even write the script if she has to. Love told the Irish newspaper The Star that she felt she and Yates had much in common; both had battled alcohol and drugs, both had children to dead rock stars and both had peroxide blonde hair. The difference is, Yates is the one that could not overcome her drug problems, and unfortunately died late last year. Love and Yates met not long before her death. "We exchanged phone numbers and made plans to hang out" Love said, "but I believe I met her for a reason, and now I'll bring her true story to the world." (thanks to mitch robertson)

    U2 Single Debuts High
    U2's latest single "Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of" has debuted at #2 on the UK singles chart this week. The song was written by Bono in honor of INXS frontman Michael Hutchence. Visit INXSweb's Multimedia section to listen to the haunting Bono/Hutchence duet "Slide Away.

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