An Excess of INXS - News

April 2002


Hutchence Tribute On Anzac Day
Michael Hutchence will be remembered during an Anzac Day march in Queensland. His stepfather, former fighter pilot Ross Glassop, will be at the event in Southport in memory of the INXS star and his fallen friends. Anzac Day is the 60th anniversary of Mr Glassop's involvement in the Battle of Milne Bay, which helped decide the Second World War in the South Pacific. He flew a Kittyhawk. He has spoken of the special bond he had with Hutchence who committed suicide in a Sydney hotel room in 1997.
The Gold Coast Bulletin reports Mr Glassop said he took Hutchence for a ride in a Tiger Moth on his 1996 visit to the Gold Coast. He added: "When we went to London, he presented me with a pair of Tiger Moth cufflinks. I will wear them on Anzac Day along with a handkerchief that Michael owned. I carry the hanky everywhere." Mr Glassop was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in Bougainville, and another DFC in 1953 in Korea where he flew Mustangs and Meteor jets. Anzac was the name given to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps soldiers who landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915.
Australians remember the men and women who fought and died in all wars on the anniversary, April 25.


Interview With INXS
Until the death of lead singer Michael Hutchence in 1997, INXS was among the most popular bands in the world. Now, supported by ex-Noiseworks singer Jon Stevens, the group is embarking on its first world tour since Hutchence's death. As part of special project between StarPolish, Australian music website Undercover and, founding band members Tim Farriss and Jon Farriss will sit down for a joint interview with StarPolish and Undercover during the last week of rehearsals for the tour later this month to address the questions you post in this forum on The Velvet Rope. The interview is slated to be posted on May 8 -- so get your questions in now! (Note: To post a question on The Velvet Rope, you need to obtain a Velvet Rope account and be logged in).


Joe Cocker Covers INXS
Veteran rock and soul singer Joe Cocker is set to return with his first new album in three years entitled Respect Yourself. The first single from the album will be a cover of INXS' "Never Tear Us Apart," released in the UK on May 20.


Hutchence Items Hit Auction Block
A lifetime's worth of rock and roll memorabilia goes on sale in Sydney this month when rarities in DJ Dave Norman's collection hit the auction block. Auctioneers Goodmans said on the auction Web site at that the sale of 458 lots would take place on April 15. Among the featured memorabilia are three Michael Hutchence items: a circa 1987 Harley Davidson soft-tail, custom made in the United States for Hutchence, the hand-written lyrics to "What You Need" framed with original LP, and two framed hand-written letters sent to a girlfriend from Frenchs Forest c.1975 with letter of provenance.

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