An Excess of INXS - News

March 2002


INXS CD details
Billboard Online reports that Rhino Records has issued details on INXS upcoming discs, due in stores June 4 to coincide with the band's US tour. Arriving that day is The Best of INXS, a 21-track, single-disc collection featuring two new songs with vocals by Hutchence, alongside remastered, expanded versions of the group's platinum Atlantic albums Kick, X, and Welcome to Wherever You Are.
The Best of INXS features the group's seven top-10 hits -- "Need You Tonight," "Devil Inside," "New Sensation," "What You Need," "Never Tear Us Apart," "Disappear," and "Suicide Blonde" -- alongside other singles and choice cuts. Also featured are two previously unreleased songs, the 1990 X outtake "Salvation Jane" and the 1992 track "Tight," an outtake from the Welcome to Wherever You Are sessions. The set comes packaged with liner notes written by the band.
The group's 1987 breakthrough, Kick, which hit No. 3 on The Billboard 200, will be reissued with two previously unreleased bonus tracks, "Jesus Was a Man" and "The Trap," as well as the b-side "Move On" and a remix of "Mystify." Its 1990 follow-up, X, will feature the previously unreleased song "Waiting To Be Free," the B-side "Deepest Red," and three demos: "Who Pays The Price," "Dark of Night," and "Salvation Jane."
The new edition of 1992's Welcome to Wherever You Are will include the previously unreleased tracks "The Answer" and "Indian Song," as well as alternate versions of album tracks "Wishing Well," "All Around," and "Heaven Sent." All reissues will come packaged with new liner notes and photos of the group.


Nine new dates revealed
Pollstar has announced the second set of dates on INXS' upcoming North America 2002 tour. The dates, listed above on this website, include dates in New York, Chicago, and Milwaukee, among others. Ticket onsale information will be announced shortly -- more dates to come!


New INXS CDs on the way!
From USA Today: An excess of INXS awaits fans of the Australian rock band as it resurfaces in the USA after a long absence. The group that rose to fame on such hits as Need You Tonight, New Sensation and Devil Inside unleashes a greatest-hits collection and three reissues June 4 on Rhino/Atlantic to coincide with its first U.S. tour in five years.
INXS retreated from recording and touring after the 1997 death of charismatic singer Michael Hutchence and returned to the stage in 2000 with Jon Stevens handling vocals. The four releases chronicle a storied career by the band, which sold 30 million records worldwide. The Best of INXS offers seven top 10 hits, plus outtakes and alternate versions. Demos and unreleased tunes supplement the remastered versions of 1987's Kick, 1990's X and 1992's Welcome to Wherever You Are.
Liner notes for the hits collection include recollections by surviving band members. Bassist Gary Beers writes, "We worked so ridiculously hard to make records and to get our shows to every corner of the globe that we never gave ourselves time to reflect. Unfortunately, now we have one less member to reflect with." (Edna Gundersen)


INXS Street Teams
Attention INXS fans! INXS are forming Street Teams in your area to help spread the word about band news, upcoming events and the 2002 Tour. Street Team members in the the US will be asked to get out into their communities to pass out flyers, stickers, postcards and generally talk up news about the band.
Of course, there are opportunities for Street Team members in the rest of the world and those who want to help but can't actually hit the streets! Those Street Team members can help out by spreading the word by visiting chat rooms, message boards, etc.
We just need responsible, outgoing, INXS loving people...we will supply you with all the materials and information you need. Best yet...street team members will receive exclusive INXS Street Team gear and have chances to win some cool INXS prizes. Tour dates are coming up soon so we are looking to move very fast.
If interested, send an e-mail to telling us where you live and if you'll be able to hit the streets or hit the chat rooms, or both! A Street Team representative will get back to you with info and instructions.


"Hutchence Fortune Diminished"
Today's Herald Sun reports: The family of Michael Hutchence believed he was worth more than $10 million when he died in November 1997. But the final distribution accounts for the estate of the 37-year-old rock star reveal he had only about $60,000 to show for his years at the top of the music world. And his family will see none of that. Hutchence's will - dated October 1996 - allocated half his wealth to his daughter, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily, at age 25, and equal shares to his mother, father, half-sister, brother, and lover Paula Yates. But the first $1 million realised from the estate had to be split between Greenpeace and Amnesty International. In a March 4 letter to beneficiaries, lawyers for executor Mr Andrew Paul wrote that all matters had been finalised except for the sale of three guitars and oil paintings worth about $20,000 held in a safety deposit box at a Monaco bank. Hutchence's mother Patricia Glassop said yesterday: "Would anyone seriously believe that Michael did not want to leave anything to his family, including Tiger? He drove an Aston Martin, his personal effects were stored in homes around the world ... yet we are supposed to believe he owned none of these things."


INXS 2002 North America Tour
You heard it here first! It's been ten days since we first broke the news that INXS would tour the US, but at long last the band has confirmed dates. INXS will embark on an historic 40 city tour of North America kicking off May 30 in Anaheim with "special guest" Jon Stevens on lead vocals. As always, will have up-to-the-minute tour schedules and ticket information as data becomes available.
Although the band do not have new material for the tour, a new Greatest Hits compilation will soon be released (#3) with a previously unreleased song "Tight". Mark and Brian at KLOS Los Angeles gave the song an airing last week.

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