I know I'm a little late on this one-- forgive me, our computer went down with a virus last week so I've been a little blind-- but I just saw that INXS fired its lead singer, J.D. Fortune. Fortune won the gig on the CBS summer reality show "Rockstar: INXS", which was ignominiously followed the next summer with "Rockstar: Supernova." If you never heard of Supernova, that's because they didn't do much. The band was made up of former Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, Metallica's former bassist Jason Newsted, and Heart and Guns 'n' Roses former guitarist Gilby Clarke. Lukas Rossi won the competition and got to record an album and go on a tour-- although I've never heard any of their music and Tommy is now back with the Crue, so who knows.
INXS on the other hand, immediately recorded an album, including the hit single "Pretty Vegas," and embarked on a 23-month world tour. Fortune won the contest almost decidedly thanks to that song, which he wrote. It's pretty good-- here's what it sounded like with the house band on the show in 2005.
Apparently, Fortune, who rubbed many a cast member the wrong way on the show, developed a cocaine habit on the road, although reports say he got over it. Nevertheless, the boys from Australia handed the Canadian his walking papers with a handshake in the Hong Kong airport. Now, the band is saying they are shocked by Fortune's claims he was fired in the airport and that they left him broke and living out of his pickup. A band spokesman, not saying much, did say they had reserved the right to contact him in the future, but probably won't now.
Either way, it's a disappointment as an INXS fan. Just when I thought they were going to hit the music map again, they're gone again. It's Van Halen all over again. They fire Sammy, bring back Dave, fire Dave, hire the Extreme guy, bring back Dave-- I mean Sammy-- oh forget it. Find a guy already-- both of you. I should have known, nothing will ever be as good as the days with Michael Hutchence. Unfortunately, for INXS, it never will be.