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INXS announce London date (2006)


Story by Jack Foley

INXS, the world renowned Australian rock band made famous by the late Michael Hutchence, have announced their first European tour dates since 2002.

The band, who are currently in the middle of a sold out North American tour, will perform for the first time with their new lead singer, JD Fortune, who won the coveted role of lead singer in last year’s successful TV show, Rock Star: INXS.

Kicking off at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Thursday, October 12, this first jaunt back on European soil for four years will see INXS play a series of highly intimate venues.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, May 3 via fanclub pre-sale and Friday, May 5 to the general public. The tour follows hot on the heels of the UK September 2006 release of the band’s 11th studio album, Switch.

The full dates are as follows:

Thursday, October 12 – London, UK (Shepherd’s Bush Empire)
Friday 13 – Amsterdam, Netherlands (Paradiso)
Saturday 14 – Koln, Germany (Live Music Hall)
Monday 16 – Copenhagen, Denmark (Pumpehuset)
Tuesday 17 – Oslo, Norway (Rockefeller)
Wednesday 18 – Stockholm, Sweden (Berns)
Friday 20 – Hamburg, Germany (Grunspan)
Saturday 21 – Berlin, Germany (Postbanhoff)
Sunday 22 – Warsaw, Poland (Stodola)
Tuesday 24 – Stuttgart, Germany (Longhorn)
Wednesday 25 – Munich, Germany (Backstage)
Thursday 26 – Zurich, Switzerland (Volkshaus)
Saturday 28 – Milan, Italy (Teatro Ciak)
Monday 30 – Barcelona, Spain (Razzmatazz)
Wednesday, November 1 – Paris, France (La Cigale)
Thursday 2 – Gent, Belgium (Vooruit)

Background: New INXS lead singer JD Fortune was chosen from among 15 finalists on the Rock Star: INXS show.

The 31-year-old singer originally discovered INXS as a teenager growing up in New Glasgow, Canada. After watching one of their videos on TV, he convinced his grandfather to buy him a guitar and quickly taught himself how to play Devil Inside.

Years of intense highs and lows ensued, as Fortune cut his teeth working odd jobs and performing small dingy clubs at night. When INXS were holding auditions for a new lead singer, Fortune was living out of his car.

Their latest album, Switch is the band’s first release in eight years and the first without original lead singer, Michael Hutchence, who died tragically in 1997.

“In addition to being a continuation of our recording career,” says keyboardist/guitarist Andrew Fariss, “at first the new album seemed like it was going to be huge leap into the unknown.

“We reintroduced the world to INXS with a new singer and now we’re playing sold-out concerts at Radio City Music Hall in New York, the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, and the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.”