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.

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