I'm sure there are many people who grew up during that era that imagine what it would be like if INXS’ frontman, Michael Hutchence, were still alive. After his death in 1997 the band trucked along and continued to tour with various guest lead singers but it would never be on the same level minus the magnetic frontman. In 2004, the band became part of a reality TV show titled, Rock Star: INXS, which featured a contest to find a new lead vocalist for the band. J.D. Fortune would win the competition and join INXS and in recording their following album, Switch, in 2005. INXS ended up letting Fortune go from the band in 2009 due to his drug addiction.
With INXS struggling to find their niche through the years without Hutchence, one thing became clear, and that was the music INXS produced with the lead singer was immortalized and still in high demand nearly 20 years after his death. The surviving members of INXS have signed a global publishing agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group. VH1 Behind the Music step aside, the deal with UMPG will involve a TV mini-series about the band’s untold story, a documentary and musical, all to debut sometime in 2014.
It’s been said that INXS is one of the greatest rock bands of all time and the deal with UMPG will have an impact with fans that have missed their spirited style. It will renew activity for the band and no doubt stir some buzz for INXS.
By: Sabrina Tosti
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