INXS IN EX­CESS

Fans of the iconic Aus­tralian band can look for­ward to a string of new cre­ative works, in­clud­ing mu­sic, the­atre and live events

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MUSIC -

The fu­ture looks set for an on­slaught of ev­ery­thing INXS in­clud­ing mu­si­cals, movies and mu­sic. A joint ven­ture be­tween Uni­ver­sal Mu­sic Group (UMG) and Petrol Records, owned by the group’s man­ager Chris “CM” Mur­phy, is promis­ing INXS mu­sic, films, the­atre and live events.

Uni­ver­sal Mu­sic will be­come an in­vestor in Mur­phy’s in­de­pen­dent la­bel, the home of INXS record­ings out­side of the US. A doco on the life of the late INXS front­man, Michael Hutchence, is al­ready in the works from UMG and Pas­sion Pic­tures, the pro­duc­tion com­pany be­hind the Os­car-win­ning doco on mu­si­cian Ro­driguez, Search­ing For Sugar Man.

Mur­phy al­ready re­vealed he sup­ported this and that the pro­ceeds from it will ben­e­fit Hutchence’s daugh­ter, Tiger Lily.

How­ever, the film an­nounce­ment came af­ter Syd­ney en­tre­pre­neur Ron Creevey and LA pro­ducer Danny Saber had al­ready re­vealed that they would be re­leas­ing a doc­u­men­tary on Hutchence’s life, along with 15 pre­vi­ously un­heard songs recorded by the iconic front­man.

It seems the part­ner­ship be­tween UMG and Petrol has a va­ri­ety of projects up their sleeves.

Mur­phy signed INXS to Petrol Records in 2009 with a “Band to a Brand” strat­egy, hav­ing man­aged the group from 1980 to 1995. The strat­egy in­cluded TV, film and live events in­clud­ing the 2014 INXS TV minis­eries, Never Tear Us Apart.

“Once a upon time the mu­sic busi­ness was a very sim­ple place (in­dus­try) to be in­volved in, find an artist, record and re­lease, then do a tour,” Mur­phy says.

“Th­ese days we op­er­ate within a very com­plex en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try where many are at odds with this new par­a­digm. Sir Lu­cian (Grainge – chair­man and CEO of UMG) and his team are on the money and fo­cused for the fu­ture so it is my com­plete de­light to be work­ing with him and his vi­sion ... we have the fu­ture of mu­sic cov­ered to­gether.”

From the book Michael in Pic­tures; Michael Hutchence and INXS.

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