Tim Farriss Speaking
guitarist will speak at the upcoming 5th National Entertainment
Industry Conference, to be held in Sydney August 2-4, sponsored by
Apple Computer Australia. Visit the conference
website for details.
Never Tear Us Apart
The classic INXS
ballad "Never Tear Us Apart" has been given a new lease on life in
two new interpretations.
Tall Paul, a renowned UK DJ,
releases "Tall Paul vs INXS - Precious Heart" (featuring samples
from "Never Tear Us Apart") on August 6 on the Decode label. The
track has already been getting heavy club play for months under the
pseudonym "Exchange." On his official website, Tall Paul writes, "My
current single Tall Paul vs INXS 'Precious Heart' is now beginning
to receive plenty of Radio attention with Judge Jules and Dave
Pearce playing it regularly in their shows. The release date for the
track is 6 August and includes mixes from two of Europe's biggest
producers. The first mix comes courtesy of Marc O'Toole, who is a
German based producer and DJ, and it was his remix of JBN 'All I
Want' for Manifesto that first brought his name to my attention. The
second mix is from Holland and is by 'Riva' who was also responsible
for the track "Stringer." Anyone that has heard me play out recently
will know this track as it has been the main stay of my set, and
ffRR have picked it up just in time for Ibiza. The package is
completed with an ambient mix from Larry Lush, who is Mr Duty Free
as far as the studio is concerned, and as I have worked with him for
a number of years it was the perfect way to complete the
A more straight-forward cover version has
been released by Brett Schieber, a young American artist starting to
make waves in the music industry. Interested listeners can check out
Brett's songs at MP3.com.
Those interested in obtaining the INXS cover should email him directly for
information. The cover will also be included in a forthcoming RAINN
(Tori Amos' Rape Abuse and Incest foundation) benefit CD on the
Serious Vanity record label.
INXS Choose Stevens
Ritchie Yorke of The
Sunday Mail reports that the surviving members of INXS, with
vocalist Jon Stevens in tow, have finally decided to take the plunge
and reform the band. Pop Pourri has exclusively discovered that the
INXS comeback bid is set to proceed with tours of Europe and the US,
probably later this year. The INXS lineup recently completed a
successful 13-show regional tour of Queensland and NSW which served
to reinforce the feeling they've been off the track for too
As well, the bonding between Stevens, the Farriss brothers,
Kirk Pengilly and Garry Beers was extremely positive. The fact that
Stevens's commitment to touring in the ill-fated "Hair" production
was buried in late June due to the show's cancellation, will move
the group's activities forward. "Jon (Stevens) just rang to say he's
in if I'm in," said Beers. "It just feels right now. Before, I was
the one with reservations. I wasn't sure. Everyone has commitments
and stuff and family. We can't just blindly rush off and tour again.
Maybe that's the reason we ended up one man down (with the death of
singer Michael Hutchence). You've got to think about that," he
soberly concluded. No decisions have been made regarding new
material, but Beers says a spurt of songwriting had taken place
during the recent tour. "Various people have written some songs, and
a few with Jon. Making this decision could unblock
Apparently a turning point was reached after the
band played two AIDS charity gigs in Vienna, Austria, last month
which Beers says "really went off." "Our European agent turned up at
the gigs and said, 'What's the problem? When are you coming back?'"
(thanks to benjamin webb)
MTV turns 20 years of age this
August, and the television station will host an all-day party for
itself on August 1st from New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. During
the day, the channel has announced it will play important videos
from its 20 years of existence, including INXS' ground-breaking 1987
clip "Need You Tonight."
INXS on TV, Radio
Highlights from Andrew
and Kirk's recent US/Canada tour in support of Shine Like It
Does: Anthology will soon air on radio and television. An
interview taped in New York will be seen on VH-1's "Hit This"
program. VH1.com lists the scheduled times (EST) as follows: July 13
11.00, July 14 1.00, July 16 17.00, July 17 9.00, and July 18
1.00am. Also, starting July 16th, Virgin Radio will air the
Los Angeles Rhino performance in their "Inside The Music" section of
the site, on the "Modern Rock" and "In Rock We Trust" stations
Happy Birthday Kirk!
to Kirk Pengilly, who turns 43 years old today.