INXS and J.D. Fortune back for more

Australian rock powerhouse INXS performs at Interior Savings Centre Wednesday, July 13, with its Canadian content - singer J.D. Fortune - back at centre stage.

The band's return after four years assures the city of a midsummer night's stadium rock show that will be hard to beat. In the 1980s and '90s, along with groups such as U2 and Guns 'N' Roses, INXS was one of the top-selling bands in the business. They have sold more than 30 million records with hits such as What You Need, Need You Tonight, Devil Inside and Never Tear Us Apart.

Just two weeks ago it was announced that KISS, a classic rock act rooted in the late '70s, is making its first appearance here June 26.

Jelly Events announced Monday the band will perform Wednesday, July 13. Tickets, $55 on the floor or $50/$60 in the stands, go on sale Friday at the ISC box office or Ticketmaster outlets.

Fortune, who rose through the ranks of a televised contest to win the spot of INXS' lead singer in 2005, reunited with the group a year ago after a falling out in 2007. They hashed out their differences in Los Angeles and agreed to an Australian tour to make it official.

"You can't keep a true Canadian down," Fortune told The Toronto Star, reciting an old saying from his grandfather.

The band originally formed in 1977 when Andrew Farriss convinced his high school classmate, Michael Hutchence to join his group, which was then called Doctor Dolphin. Hutchence died of what was ruled a suicide in 1997.

INXS headlines a Canada Day lineup on Parliament Hill that includes Theory of a Deadman and The Tea Party, which is reuniting after a six-year hiatus.

The tour comes after Universal Music announced plans to remaster and re-release all of the INXS catalogue, a nod to the band's impact and continuing popularity. Last year the band released Original Sin, a Hutchence tribute album, and more recently re-released Rocking the Royals, their 1985 recording of a performance for the Prince and Princess of Wales.

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