Back with the band

Cape Breton Post - - Sports -

Cana­dian J.D. For­tune will re­join INXS for gig at

Van­cou­ver Olympics.

VAN­COU­VER (CP) — J.D. For­tune is re­join­ing INXS for an Olympic bow in his home coun­try.

The Mis­sis­sauga, Ont., na­tive has posted on his web­site that he’ll be fronting the Aussie rock band when they take the stage at Van­cou­ver’s BC Place on Feb. 24.

INXS an­nounced in De­cem­ber that they would release a new al­bum fea­tur­ing a group of guest singers (in­clud­ing Match­box 20’s Rob Thomas and Bran­don Flow­ers of the Killers) and the Van­cou­ver date would kick off one of the band’s “most ex­ten­sive world tours ever.”

For­tune shot to star­dom when he won the tele­vi­sion re­al­ity con­test Rock Star: INXS in 2005 and be­came the new front­man for the band. A song he wrote on the show called Pretty Ve­gas be­came a pop­u­lar sin­gle off the band’s sub­se­quent al­bum, Switch, reach­ing No. 1 on the charts in Canada.

But fol­low­ing the Switch tour, For­tune says the band un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously dumped him at a Hong Kong air­port, leav­ing him to live out of a truck. The band has since dis­puted the story.

INXS had a string of hits in the 1980s and ’90s, in­clud­ing Need You Tonight, Devil In­side and Never Tear Us Apart. In 1997 the band’s charis­matic lead singer, Michael Hutchence, hanged him­self in a ho­tel room.

Since then, the group has had a se­ries of lead singers, in­clud­ing Ter­ence Trent D’Arby and Jon Stevens.

J.D. For­tune

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