FROM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/MARCEE RONDAN/TODD BRODGINSKI/LIBBY HENRY
INXS SET TO return to the roAd with first u.s. tour in five years LAUNCHING MAY 30
INXS--who've sold more than 30 million records worldwide and performed to audiences as large as 100,000--will return to the United States to perform their first shows in more than five years.
Kirk Pengilly (guitar, saxophone), Garry Beers (bass), Tim Farriss (guitar), Andrew Farriss (keyboard, guitar), Jon Farriss (drums) and featured vocalist Jon Stevens will kick off a 40-city tour May 30 in Anaheim, CA. The set list will encompass such INXS classics as "Need You Tonight," "Devil Inside" and "New Sensation"--songs that are emblematic of the group's hard-hitting funkified rock.
"Much of our career has been spent in America and Canada and it'll be great to be back playing there again," said Kirk Pengilly.
"We honestly can't wait," added Tim Farriss.
After the November 1997 death of Michael Hutchence, INXS understandably took time off to consider their future--and if there would be one without Michael. Coming off 23 years of solid touring, the break also offered an opportunity for the group's members to pursue individual projects (writing, producing and performing).
However, the group's love of live performance drew INXS back to the stage and the invitation to officially open Sydney's Olympic Stadium in June 1999 was the catalyst. Rather than replace Michael, the idea of performing with various guest vocalists was more appealing, and Terence Trent D'Arby took the role for the Olympic Stadium concert.
"It's no secret that we have always loved playing live. That's what we did for 23 years and we definitely missed being on stage," Tim said.
Then in May 2000, the group's close friend Jon Stevens--the former frontman with one of Australia's most popular bands, Noiseworks--took on guest vocals for INXS' first full concert since October 1997. The feedback from both critics and fans was extraordinary and over the past year Jon teamed with INXS for several major concert events, including a 13-date tour of Northern Australia. The success of that trek along with shows in Vienna fueled the desire for further touring, and in August, INXS returned to Europe for five additional shows.
Band member Andrew Farriss said: "No-one will ever replace Michael as the lead singer of INXS. At the same time, we all still have a passion to perform and to continue doing what we love. In the past year we've played some shows with Jon, who is a fantastic singer. It has felt very comfortable, and sounded pretty damn good, so it seems a natural progression to perform together for this U.S. tour."
For up to the minute information on INXS, visit: www.inxs.com .
The preliminary tour dates are as follows:
DATE CITY VENUE Thursday, May 30 Anaheim, CA The Grove of Anaheim Friday, May 31 San Diego, CA Humphrey's Saturday, June 1 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues Sunday, June 2 Agoura Hills, CA Canyon Theatre Tuesday, June 4 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Thursday, June 6 Reno, NV Reno Hilton Friday, June 7 Saratoga, CA Mountain View Winery Saturday, June 8 Kelseyville, CA Konocti Field Amph Sunday, June 9 Medford, OR Britt Festivals Tuesday, June 11 Salt Lake City, UT Utah State Fair Park Thursday, June 13 PhoeNix, AZ Celebrity Theatre Friday, June 14 Albuquerque, NM Santa Ana Star Casino Saturday, June 15 Denver, CO City Lights Pavilion Saturday, June 22 Robinsonville, MI "Bluesville" at Horseshoe Casino
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INXS Kick Off ‘Just FOr Kicks’ Tour In California WIth New SInger Jon Stevens