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Replacement Singers


Original Singer: Michael Hutchence

Reason for Departure: Hutchence died in 1997 of an apparent suicide.

The Replacements: Jon Stevens, J.D. Fortune, Ciaran Gribbin

Following Hutchence's tragic death, INXS floundered through a series of replacement singers until the advent of "Rock Star: INXS," a reality TV competition in which 15 aspiring rockers vied for the position of frontman. The show's eventual winner, J.D. Fortune (above right), initially seemed a like a great fit, and INXS 2.0 notched a Top 40 with their first single. Things soon went sour, however, and the band ended up firing Fortune … twice. In late September, INXS introduced its new frontman, Snow Patrol and Paul McCartney collaborator Ciaran Gribbin. The Irish singer, who reportedly met keyboardist Andrew Farriss at a party, will make his debut with the band during a tour in November. —Jeff Royer

(Photos: Fabrice Coffrini, AP Images; Ian Walton, Getty Images)

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