JD Fortune | The Audio Perv
Posts Tagged ‘JD Fortune’
24 Feb

So last week everyone was writing about how JD Fortune had been kicked out as lead singer of INXS. Today, news comes out from INXS that JD was full of it. A released group statement reads: “Not only are we shocked by the claims, even the place the supposed incident was to have taken place is a mystery.” Band rep CM Murphy (“creative director and global business strategist” aka dude who “manages” them while scoring them Aussie hookers and Foster’s beer) didn’t deny that Fortune was out of the band but said:

“The band have always stated to me that Fortune’s services could potentially be contracted again when INXS next tour.

“In fact, he was next on my list to call regarding a very big recording project I am putting together for INXS at present.”

“I guess I have no reason to call him now.”

I call complete BS from INXS’s camp. They might’ve called him for a few one-off shows but I think that they were done with him. And they’re probably done altogether except for some reissues. What do you think?

20 Feb

As a fan of INXS (Michael Hutchence era), it was always hard to accept his “successors” but you really wanted to believe in JD Fortune, the winner of the reality show Rock Star: INXS. Unfortunately, after three years with the band and being dropped from their record label, singer JD Fortune has now ended up with a drug habit, poor and out of the band.

Fortune told Canda’s Entertainment Tonight (that’s like US Entertainment Tonight but 40 % less airtime) that he now lives in a car in Canada (his home country) after INXS left him at Hong Kong airport.

“I was in an airport at Hong Kong and literally got a handshake. They said, ‘Thank you very much’.”

“I found myself really alone because I had travelled with these guys for 23 months.”

“I don’t know where I am going, from sofa to sofa, from night to night. I am trying to get through my life.”

Fortune, (whose real name is a lot less interesting), believes that his cocaine problem might’ve let to his departure:

“It got as bad as it needed to be for me to numb out the fact that I knew this was going to come to a screeching halt.”

He was the second singer that INXS had after Michael Hutchence died in 1997 after a suicide attempt (or an auto-erotic exfixiation attempt gone wrong).

Jon Stevens followed Hutchence and sang for INXS for three years but never recorded. He was disgusted by the reality show Rock Star: INXS and even advised others to be careful:

One-time INXS singer Jon Stevens famously lashed out at the band for enlisting Fortune through the TV show, warning his successor that he would be “raped and pillaged”.

Stevens, who spent three years touring with INXS but never recorded with them, advised Fortune to make sure he had a good lawyer.

“(The show’s) main objective is money, money and greed,” he said in 2005.