An Excess of INXS - News

August 2001


Goodwill Games Gig
Continuing their recent rush of gigs worldwide, INXS will return to Australia to perform at the closing ceremonies of the Goodwill Games in Brisbane on September 9. For those in the US, TNT network will broadcast the ceremony on the 9th from 11pm-midnight EST, while coverage in Australia will be on the Nine Network.


European Festival Tour
INXS is set to wrap up a four date mini-tour of European festivals tonight in Romania. The band began their current jaunt by opening the Rose of Tralee festival in Kerry County, Ireland. The free show kicked the festival off in style, and was attended by over 5,000 fans. Local band Revelino opened for the Aussie greats.
Next up, the band played an outdoor show in Bonn's Museum Square. Two German INXSweb readers attended the show, Markus Pfeffer and Wolfgang Klug, and each gave the show an enthusiastic thumbs-up. Both fans were also lucky enough to meet the band -- look for excerpts of their adventures here soon!
The next night brought the band to Poland for the Sopot Festival. They played an electric set at the historic Forest Opera with openers De Mono. All proceeds from the event will go toward aiding victims of recent flood in Gdansk.
The band completes their European journey tonight by opening the famous Golden Stag Festival in Brasov, Romania. The festival is essentially a contest for young acts (ie an unknown Christina Aquilera stole the show several years back), and also serves as a showcase for established acts to strut their stuff. This year acts like UB40 and Cyndi Lauper will also perform at the Golden Stag.


INXS Linked To Ibiza... Again!
Tall Paul vs INXS' "Precious Heart" is already a massive international hit, and recently debuted at #14 on the UK charts. Now comes word that another hot dance single currently tearing up the Ibiza dancefloors also contains an INXS sample. Par-t-one's "I'm So Crazy" (Dirty House/Credence) features a hook from none other than INXS' first major hit, "Just Keep Walking." The single has been getting Radio 1 airplay in the UK, and will be commercially released shortly. A Ministry Of Sound review follows: "Rock guitars and a punk attitude make this record an original alternative to much of the usual monotony. Limited copies circulated in the right circles have already made it a sought-after object for attentive DJs. You're going to hear a lot more about this as time passes by."


Sales Report
INXSweb Exclusive: That INXS has been under-appreciated and near ignored in the United States for many years is not a big revelation to INXS fans. The negative impact on album sales is, however, much more startling. Though previous INXS efforts like 1992's excellent Welcome To Wherever You Are reached platinum certification in sales, INXS' latest releases have fared quite poorly in contrast. Here are the latest sales figures for some recent INXS albums.
Shine Like It Does: The Anthology: 9,764 copies sold to date
Michael Hutchence: 34,042
Elegantly Wasted: 174,724
Full Moon, Dirty Hearts: 151,163


Happy Birthday Tim!
Happy Birthday wishes to INXS' resident guitar god, Tim Farriss, who turns 44 today. In addition, today is also the 24th anniversary of INXS forming! Congratulations!


Precious Heart Hits UK Charts (Part 2)
INXS has returned to the UK Top 15 this week for the first time since "The Strangest Party (These Are The Times)" hit #11 back in 1994. The "Never Tear Us Apart" re-working entitled "Precious Heart" by Tall Paul vs INXS has debuted this week at #14. For DJ Tall Paul, the single represents his second straight Top 40 single, following the June 2001 #29 re-release of his 1997 single "Rock Da House." Congratulations to all involved!
In other news, INXS have confirmed another European date this month -- they will play in Bonn, Germany on August 25 in addition to their previously announced shows in Ireland, Romania, and Poland. More dates, though unannounced at this time, look likely according to various sources.


Happy Birthday Jon!
Congratulations to INXS' youngster Jon Farriss, who turns 40 years old today! We wish you all the best on this momentous occasion.


New INXS Songs
Tim Farriss has revealed the names of a handful of unreleased songs that INXS are currently re-tuning and mixing. The songs are expected to appear on the band's next album, set for release in 2002. The titles are Tight, Jesus Was A Man, Slipping Away, Salvation Jane, Indian Song, Bang That Drum, Laugh/Cry, and Nothings Free. Tim leaked the information on the official dot-com's message board this week.


Precious Heart Hits UK Charts
INXS will return to the UK charts for the first time in years when Tall Paul vs INXS "Precious Heart" debuts on the singles chart next week. Based on mid-week sales of the single, industry insiders expect the song to debut in the Top 20, an extremely respectable first week placing. You can order the single now from and watch the video online by visiting


INXS On European Festival Circuit
INXS will open the famous annual Rose of Tralee festival on August 24th in Ireland with a free concert performance. The gig will be the band's first show in Ireland since Michael's death, and first in Europe since a two-date stint in Vienna earlier this summer. For more information, please visit the Rose of Tralee Festival website. The official headlining act is UK sensation Gabrielle, who will close the festivities on August 28th (thanks to deirdre jennette)
Two days later after their Ireland appearance, the band will appear at the 38th annual Sopot Music Festival on August 26th in Poland. Also appearing will be reggae greats UB40 and American Lou Bega. Ticket information is available at the festival website.
On August 29th, the band continue their European festival jaunt with a gig at the Golden Stag Festival in Romania. The festival takes place in a medieval square surrounded by the Trasylvanian Alps in the city of Brasov. Details are available at the festival website.


Chat Transcript
Yahoo! Chat has made a transcript available of the August 1st online webchat with Tim Farriss and Jon Stevens. Click here to read their answers to questions covering their entire 20+ year history!

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