Back with the band
Canadian J.D. Fortune will rejoin INXS for gig at
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.