Monthly Archives: September 2011

INXS hire a new lead singer

Australian rockers INXS have replaced frontman J.D. Fortune with Snow Patrolcollaborator Ciaran Gribbin.

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 Madonna. The singer says he cannot believe he’s now fronting a band he used to idolize.

“Without a doubt I was a fan of INXS,” Gribbin tells Billboard.com. “I remember ‘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.

Joan Jett, Heart and Chaka Khan Receive Nominations for Induction into Newest Class of Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famers

Long ago, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts professed their love for rock ‘n’ roll. It’s time to see if the feeling runs both ways. The iconic rock act is on the list of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees for the 2012 class. Women who rock feature prominently among first-time nominees; Joining Jett, whose “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” remains a classic rock standard 30 years after its release, are sister act Heart, and Rufus with Chaka Khan. An act must have released its first single or album 25 years ago to qualify for induction. More than 500 voters will determine who makes the hall. New members will be inducted at a ceremony at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on April 14. The leather-clad and tough-as-nails Jett was an early icon for women. A founding member of the all-female The Runaways, she went on to become a chart-topping success after forming the Blackhearts in 1982. Heart similarly made an indelible mark on the rock scene of the 1970s and ’80s. Among the first women to front an aggressive rock band, singer Ann Wilson and her sister, guitarist Nancy Wilson, cut some of the era’s most memorable songs, from “Barracuda” to “Magic Man,” and inspired a generation of women along the way. Then a teen, Khan burst on the scene with the Chicago-based Rufus in the 1970s. She defied easy categorization, moving easily between R&B, rock and disco before going onto an enviable solo career.

Lady Antebellum Excited About ‘SNL’ Debut

Lady Antebellum will make its “Saturday Night Live” debut as musical guests on this weekend’s show (Saturday 1st October) and band member Dave Haywood (right) tells One Country they can’t wait to get there. And while the band hasn’t yet been asked to participate in a skit, Haywood says they would jump at the opportunity to poke a little fun at themselves.

 

“We’ve been dreaming of being able to do something like ‘Saturday Night Live’ for the longest time, and to finally have that coming up, we cannot say how excited we are about that,” he says. “I grew up watching that show. I’d stay up past when my mom would let me just so I could see Nirvana or Pearl Jam play back in the early ’90s. For me, that was a litmus test of who had made it.

 

“I wonder if there’s a little kid out there who’s going to watch and think ‘Man, that band must have made it,”” he says of Lady Antebellum’s Oct. 1 performance on the NBC show. “It’s a huge excitement knowing that we’ve got these cool opportunities.”