Not surprising since their album, Switch, didn't do that well.
September 16, 2006 12:00
INXS has been dropped by its US record label in a major setback for the Australian band's comeback with new singer JD Fortune.
Epic Records, a subsidiary of industry giant Sony BMG, has pulled the pin on the veteran rockers after releasing their first post-Michael Hutchence album, Switch, in November last year.
The label's decision leaves the group effectively back at square one in its return to album-making and releasing new material in the US, which was initially given a huge leg-up by the selection of Canadian singer Fortune as the winner of last year's Rock Star: INXS contest.
It's understood INXS fell out favour as a result of personnel changes in the hierarchy at Sony BMG.
But a spokeswoman for Sony BMG Australia said the fact INXS was now left without a label in the US would not affect the backing of the band here.
"We're still working the album and the band and it won't change because of what happened over there,'' she said.
INXS have enjoyed a particularly successfuul comeback in both Fortune's homeland of Canada and Australia, where the new album is close to the double platinum mark of 140,000 sales.
The dropping is a double blow for INXS after it had to call off its European tour this week because of guitarist Tim Farriss' knee injury.
Farriss has to undergo surgery after twisting his leg and tearing ligaments during the band's Canberra stop on its Australian tour a fortnight ago.