On November 22, 1997, Hutchence was found dead in a Sydney hotel room, an apparent victim of suicide. Some speculate his death was actually an accident, the result of autoerotic asphyxiation. Since Hutchence's death, INXS continued, using Terence Trent D'Arby, Suze DeMarchi, and Jimmy Barnes as temporary lead singers. New Zealander and Celebrity Treasure Island Host JonStevens began singing with INXS in 2000 and was officially named a member of the band in 2002. However, he left INXS in 2003 to pursue a solo career, only recording a contractual obligation song called I Get Up, released as a single (which charted in the top 100 on the Australian ARIAnet Singles Chart) in the same year, and it was used in the Rugby Union World Cup 2003 and the EA Sports Rugby 2004 video game.
Rock Star: INXS
INXS returned to the news in 2004 when it was announced that a new reality television program titled Rock Star: INXS would feature a contest to find a new lead vocalist for the band. The show, which debuted on the CBS network July 11, 2005, (and on VH1 in the UK and on FOX 8 in Australia), featured 15 contestants vying for the position of lead singer. The show was executive produced by Survivor's Mark Burnett and hosted by Brooke Burke and former Jane's Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro.
On September 20, 2005, J.D. Fortune (born Jason Dean Bennison, uses his mother's maiden name Fortune) of Oakville, Ontario, Canada won the eleven week competition, which culminated in his singing the Rolling Stones's "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and INXS' "What You Need" in the finale of the show to become the new lead singer of INXS. He has recorded the new album with producer Guy Chambers and is currently on a world tour with INXS in 2006. Runner-up Marty Casey was the opening act during leg one of the world tour, along with his band, The Lovehammers.
During the Rock Star: INXS competition, the contestants were challenged to write the lyrics and melody to music written by Andrew Farriss. Originally this challenge was divided up into two teams. When Fortune did not see eye-to-eye with his team (that included Casey), he decided to venture out on his own and write his own lyrics. At first Fortune's move seemed to have doomed his chances to win the competition (because it was perceived he couldn't work in a team), but it was this move that resulted in his creation of the lyrics to "Pretty Vegas". This song became a favourite of both fans and INXS and played a major role in Fortune being able to win the competition. This single was released October 4, 2005, and reached #5 on the iTunes Music Store ranking of top downloaded songs on its first day, d?buted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at #37, and became a huge radio airplay hit in Fortune's native Canada.
On November 29, 2005, the band's first album in eight years was released, titled Switch.
" In 2001, INXS were inducted into the Australian ARIA Hall of Fame. They were inducted before a standing ovation.
" In total, the band has received three Grammy nominations over their 25 year career.
" After heavy touring to promote Kick, the band took a break. It was then in the year 1989 that bassist Garry Beers actually resigned from the band to release some side projects but soon returned to record their follow-up album titled X.
" INXS is an informal abbreviation for "in excess," used in chemistry. For example, "HCl is INXS."
" Somewhat bizarrely a Sega CD game named INXS: Make My Video was released in the early '90s in which players had to cut together their own version of INXS music videos, the game was almost universally panned for being nigh on unplayable.
" AFI released a cover of the song "Don't Change" by INXS on a CD promoting their new album Decemberunderground and also as a b-side on their latest single miss murder on both cd and vinyl.
" The Goo Goo Dolls covered the song "Don't Change" by INXS in 1995, including an acoustic version. The original mix was for the Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls soundtrack, and the acoustic version appeared later on a single.
" Grinspoon released a cover of the song "Don't Change" by INXS on their 2003 EP "Panic Button" (which peaked at #13 in Australia)
" "Never Tear Us Apart" was originally intended to be used in the opening scene of cult film "Donnie Darko," but was unable to secure the rights to use it. "Killing Moon" by Echo and the Bunnymen, was used in replacement of the song. By the time the directors cut was released on DVD, "Never Tear Us Apart" was able to be used.
" In 1985, INXS performed live (via satellite) from Sydney, Australia for the mega-concert "Live Aid", a benefit to raise money for the starving in Africa (organized by Bob Geldof)
" INXS and AC/DC are the only two Australian acts that have performed at Wembley Stadium.
" In 2006 Pollstar announced the Top 50 Mid Year Tours (January 1st- June 30th) playing to 278,278 fans across North America and ended up at #22 with $13.9 million in grossing ticket sales. They even managed to play to more fans than 30 other rockers on the list including Aerosmith, Elton John, Queen, and U2
For a complete discography, see INXS discography.
1. 1980 - INXS
2. 1981 - Underneath the Colours
3. 1982 - Shabooh Shoobah
4. 1984 - The Swing
5. 1985 - Listen Like Thieves
6. 1987 - Kick
7. 1990 - X
8. 1992 - Welcome to Wherever You Are
9. 1993 - Full Moon, Dirty Hearts
10. 1997 - Elegantly Wasted
11. 2005 - Switch
1. 1991 - Live Baby Live
2. 2004 - INXS: Live At Barker Hangar
1. 1982 - INXSIVE
2. 1994 - The Greatest Hits
3. 2001 - Shine Like It Does: The Anthology (1979-1997)
4. 2002 - Definitive INXS/The Best of INXS
5. 2002 - The Years 1979-1997
6. 2002 - Stay Young 1979-1982
7. 2004 - INXS?: The Remixes