INXS Have A New Lead Singer
9/26/2011 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 members of INXS have found a new frontman in singer Gribban, who provided backing vocals on Snow Patrol's "Eyes Open" track and wrote the tune "Celebration" for pop superstar Madonna.
And the singer cannot believe he's now fronting a band he used to idolize.
He tells Billboard.com, "Without a doubt I was a fan of INXS. I remember (album) 'Kick' like it was yesterday. I remember seeing the guys on MTV and then on Jools Holland's BBC show watching as a kid, just blown away by them. INXS definitely played a huge part in my musical education as a songwriter... so to be in the band now is pretty amazing."
Gribban will hit the road with INXS for the first time in November with shows in Europe, Australia and South America.
Hutchence died in 1997.