Rock Star INXS News

INXS Have A New Lead Singer

September 26th, 2011 8:15pm EDT
Australian rockers INXS have replaced frontman J.D. Fortune with Snow Patrol collaborator Ciaran Gribbin.

Fortune won his place in the band in 2005 after triumphing in TV talent search Rock Star INXS, but he was booted from the line-up in 2009 and forced to seek help for a drug abuse problem that was spiraling out of control.

He was invited back to join the "Original Sin" hitmakers as Michael Hutchence's permanent replacement in January - but the reunion didn't last and he was not invited to join the group in the studio as they embarked on plans for their new music.

Now the remaining mem...

INXS Dump Their Lead Singer

February 18th, 2009 11:47am EST
Australian rockers INXS have kicked singer J.D. Fortune out of the band - leaving him broke and homeless.

The Canadian artist, real name Jason Dean Bennison, was chosen as the replacement for late rocker Michael Hutchence after winning a reality TV search in 2005. However, after completing a world tour with the New Sensation hit-makers, 35-year-old Fortune claims he was simply abandoned - and is now living in his car.

He tells Canada's Entertainment Tonight, "I was in an airport (in) Hong Kong and literally got a handshake. They said, 'Thank you very much.' I found myself reall...

Dave Navarro Says 'Rock Star' Didn't Break Up Jane's Addiction

June 11th, 2007 4:04pm EDT
Dave Navarro
Rocker Dave Navarro has dismissed former bandmate Perry Farrell's claims his reality TV show Rock Star broke up Jane's Addiction. Guitarist Navarro claims the frontman has his timings mixed up, as he wasn't approached to make Rock Star until he was recording with his new band The Panic Channel, which also features Jane's Addiction bassist Chris Chaney and drummer Stephen Perkins.

Farrell said, "My band broke up basically over reality TV, and I just couldn't believe it."

Navarro hits back on his website: "The timeline just doesn't make sense. I didn't even get a call about the idea...

Perry Farrell Blames Dave Navarro's Reality Show For Jane's Addiction Split

June 1st, 2007 9:32am EDT
Rocker Perry Farrell has blamed bandmate Dave Navarro's reality TV talent contest Rock Star: INXS for breaking up Jane's Addiction. The frontman reveals the group fell apart when guitarist Navarro started co-hosting the reality series, which found singers for INXS and Tommy Lee supergroup Rock Star: Supernova.

Farrell admits he "just couldn't believe it" when Navarro announced he was fronting a mainstream TV show.

He says, "Rock 'n' roll has never been about kissing ass and a contest. You know, rock 'n' roll is self-expression. It's defiance. It's freedom."

(This news arti...

Celebrity Snippets

May 31st, 2007 5:00pm EDT
Anna and Enrique
Enrique Iglesias isn't ready for marriage - despite dating girlfriend Anna Kournikova for over six years. The hunky singer, 32, was forced to deny reports this week that he had ended his long term relationship with the Russian tennis player. He says, "I don't care about being single or married. Relationships are hard. I am sure children change everything. I don't know. It's just marriage... I don't think I'm ready. Maybe when I turn 40 that will be a good time. You are not too young and you are not old. It's a good age."

INXS frontman J.D. Fortune has had his heart broken so many times...

INXS Battle Over Name Change

May 22nd, 2007 3:20pm EDT
New INXS frontman J.D. Fortune has had a bust-up with his bandmates - after trying to change the name of the rock legends. Fortune, who replaced late lead singer Michael Hutchence after winning 2005 talent show Rock Star: INXS, wanted to name the band Farriss Brothers, after bandmember brothers Tim, Jon and Andrew Farriss.

Tim explains to Billboard, "He came up with the idea to call the band Farriss Brothers and went around telling everybody. Hello, he's been in the band for five minutes and already he's changing the name."

Bassist Garry Gary Beers and guitarist Kirk Pengilly were...

Mark Burnett Sued Over Rock Star TV Series

March 8th, 2007 9:30pm EST
Mark Burnett
British reality TV guru Mark Burnett is being sued by a woman who claims he stole her idea for hit US talent show Rock Star.

Producer Sharlene Sullivan Alleges She Registered A Show Synopsis Called Rock Star With The Writers Guild Of America, in which "lead vocalists for rock bands would compete and would be judged by well known musicians/rock stars" in 2002.

Sullivan was then appalled when she learned all about Survivor and The Apprentice creator Burnett's show of the same name - with the same format.

The producer is now demanding $2 million in damages, claiming Burnett was ...

Brooke Burke & David Charvet To Get Married, Have a Baby

August 21st, 2006 3:33pm EDT
Brooke Burke & David Charvet
Former Baywatch star David Charvet and Rock Star: Supernova host Brooke Burke are engaged and expecting a child together. Charvet proposed during a "summer party" he threw on Saturday night, according to Burke. She tells People, "It was a total surprise. It was all very romantic. He's my best friend."

Charvet gave his new fiancee an eternity band engagement ring because "it's forever" says Burke. The couple, who are both 34, have known each other for years, but only started dating last year, during Rock Star: INXS.

At that time Burke had just separated from her husband, Dr. Gart...

INXS And Managers Clash In Court

July 20th, 2006 3:13pm EDT
INXS claimed they are owed $375,847 by the Australian producers of hit TV show Rock Star: INXS in a Sydney court today. The band is currently being sued for $5.6 million by producers David Edwards and Michael Murchison who are also the band's former managers.

Edwards and Murchison executive produced "Rock Star: INXS," a TV talent show which helped the band find a new frontman to replace original singer Michael Hutchence, who died in November 1997.

INXS keyboardist Andrew Farris told the New South Wales Supreme Court the rockers had taken legal action in the United States to reco...

Tommy Lee Seeks Edgy, Unpredictable Singer on 'Rock Star'

May 26th, 2006 11:41am EDT
Tommy Lee
Rocker Tommy Lee is looking for the next Marilyn Manson to front his new supergroup Supernova. The drummer has teamed up with former Guns N'Roses star Gilby Clarke and ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, and the trio are now seeking out an unknown singer on the second season of reality show Rock Star.

Producers of the show have selected the finalists for the series from more than 16,000 hopefuls, and Lee knows exactly what he's looking for in a frontman.

He explains, "I want someone who has a lot of style and a lot of flavor. A good singer should also be f**king dangerous. I lik...

INXS Add Two More UK Dates To European Tour

May 22nd, 2006 9:56am EDT
Due to phenomenal public demand, INXS have announced two more UK dates to their 2006 Intimate European "Switched On" Tour. The two shows include the first and only concert in Glasgow at the Barrowland Ballroom on Saturday 4th November, and a newly added second London gig at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Monday 6th November.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday 22nd May, and pre-sale goes on sale to INXS official website members on Friday 19th May. Ticket prices for the concerts are £25. To book tickets by phone, call the 24 hr ticket hotline: 0870 735 5000, or book online ...

New Season of 'Rock Star' To Feature Motley Crue, Metallica, Guns N' Roses Members

March 16th, 2006 12:32pm EST
Tommy Lee
Musicians from some of the biggest American rock bands have joined forces to form a new band, Supernova, and will use CBS's "Rock Star" (working title) as the competition to determine the new lead singer. Supernova will feature drummer Tommy Lee (Motley Crüe), Jason Newsted (Metallica) and Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses). The second edition 'Rock Star' will premiere this summer.

After the winning singer is selected, Supernova will record an original album, to be co-written and produced by Butch Walker (hit songwriter/producer for Avril Lavigne, Pink) that will be released in the fall be...

CBS Denies Van Halen Rumors Relating to Rock Star Series

February 15th, 2006 1:17pm EST
Van Halen: Rock Star
LATEST: Ongoing speculation rock group Van Halen will be auditioning for a new singer on CBS reality show Rock Star: The Series has been quashed by the network.

Reports earlier this week stated Van Halen had decided to use the show to find a new vocalist after being impressed by the results of Australian rockers INXS's televised quest for a new frontman - JD Fortune.

Former Van Halen vocalist David Lee Roth, who left the band in 1996, further fuelled rumours by revealing on his radio show yesterday morning, "They really are gonna do it, I think.

"It's the 'Rock Star' open cal...

Van Halen To Seek Singer on 'Rock Star: The Series?'

February 14th, 2006 10:42am EST
Van Halen
Rock group Van Halen are rumored to be the next big reality stars when they look for their new lead singer on reality talent show "Rock Star: The Series." The rockers will be following in the footsteps of INXS, who used the reality TV contest to find their new frontman, J.D. Fortune.


Van Halen publicist Larry Solters says, "I'm not denying it."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Singers Sought for Second Season of 'Rock Star'

February 6th, 2006 1:44pm EST
Rock Star
CBS's "Rock Star" (known as Rock Star: INXS the first time around) returns for a second season in Summer 2006. Casting for this sleeper-hit series will begin in early March 2006. "Rock Star: The Series" (working title) auditions are open to men and women all over the world who are at least 21 years-old.

This series combines the world of rock with unscripted drama, performance competition, and weekly contestant elimination. In the first season, the last singer standing became the lead singer of the popular 1980s band INXS, embarked on a worldwide concert tour, and became a part of t...

Tommy Lee's Underwear, Beyonce's Single, Nikki Sixx's Charity & Other Random Music News

January 26th, 2006 10:27pm EST
Tommy Lee
Rocker Tommy Lee ordered eight pairs of vibrating underwear for "the lovely ladies in my life" at the Booty Parlor store in Park City, Utah, while he was attending the Sundance Film Festival earlier this week.

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INXS 2006 Tour (1st With J.D. Fortune) Finalized

November 7th, 2005 5:22am EST
With a flurry of multiple sell outs for its "Switched On" tour, INXS is adding six more dates in the South -- plus a second night in New York City -- to the first leg of their 2006 North American tour.

Tour producers Metropolitan Talent Presents announced today that tickets go on sale the weekend of November 11 for the following INXS concerts: Norfolk (2/20), Charlotte (2/21), Atlanta (2/22), Jacksonville (2/24), Clearwater (2/25), Boca Raton (2/26) and New York (2/13).

The first leg of INXS' "Switched On" tour is now finalized, with 31 performances in 28 cities, beginning January...

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