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INXS lead singer homeless

After “23 months” as the reality TV-elected lead singer of INXS, JD Fortune is now penniless and living in a pick-up truck. Fortune was the winner of Rock Star:INXS in 2005, joining the group fronted in better days by Michael Hutchence.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight this week, the man revealed he was unceremoniously ejected from the band at the Hong Kong airport. Perhaps not surprising, given he’d developed that rock star must-have: a roaring cocaine addiction. “How bad did it get?” asks the sincere interviewer in the ET segment. “It got as bad as it needed to be for me to numb out the fact that I knew this would come to a screeching halt,” Fortune answers, somewhat obliquely.

Since his INXS glory run, he’s been scraping together enough money to release a solo album, The Death of a Motivational Speaker, whilst operating out of his car. You really just need to watch it…

Entertainment Tonight interview Part 1

Entertainment Tonight interview Part 2

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libby

libby said on the 19th Feb, 2009

"i'd beg borrow and literally steal" to get his solo album out, great work JD. what did you literally steal?

dream_brother

dream_brother said on the 19th Feb, 2009

haha a source close to a member of the band told me he went missing in Amsterdam airport and they found him high as a kite on mushrooms, proposing to a stewardess.

LisaP_

LisaP_ said on the 19th Feb, 2009

He slightly reminded me of Tom Cruise in the scientology film clips... scary man..

de-tec-tive

de-tec-tive said on the 19th Feb, 2009


lmao!

poor JD, he was my favourite on that series, even though he seemed like an asshole. i was never really an INXS fan though.

i had a source close to Toby Rand's family tell me a year or two ago that they were planning on firing JD and Toby was offered his place but he turned it down.

Joe Smiggens

Joe Smiggens said on the 19th Feb, 2009

SUCK FUCKING SHIT you talentless arseclown.

And fuck you Farris brothers

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 19th Feb, 2009



Presumably that's how he gets his blow now.

Joe Smiggens

Joe Smiggens said on the 19th Feb, 2009

you mean he blows to get blow?

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 19th Feb, 2009

I believe the South Park movie had a song about it...

MystifyMe

MystifyMe said on the 19th Feb, 2009

JD was awesome on stage with INXS, its a shame it came to an end like thsi for him with the band

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 19th Feb, 2009

I actually saw him perform at Luna Park in 2007 too. I was offered very cheap tickets.

His voice is certainly pretty good, but he's no Hutchence. He's also a bit of a douche.

MystifyMe

MystifyMe said on the 19th Feb, 2009

Well no one is Hutchence apart from Michael Hutchence himself, JD was never meant to replace Michael, i was at all the 3 luna park shows and saw about 8 others with JD and INXS, even saw them on the secodn leg at the syd entertainment centre which was awesome.. The band have been quoted as saying the secodn gig at Luna Park was prob one of the best ever the band did including all shows the band had done with Hutch,

de-tec-tive

de-tec-tive said on the 19th Feb, 2009


interesting. i would have liked to have gone to see them because i was obsessed with Rock Star, but given that i was never really an INXS fan to begin with and they still played mostly old stuff it seemed kind of pointless.
i saw the thing with them performing on the MAX Sessions though, he seemed so sleazy on stage, it creeped me out.

BatION

BatION said on the 19th Feb, 2009



That's what Kylie said when Hutchence asked her to tighten the plastic bag.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 19th Feb, 2009



That makes no sense whatsoever.

JackT

JackT said on the 19th Feb, 2009

^^^ Haha, yeah, I'm perplexed.

icutmyownhair

icutmyownhair said on the 19th Feb, 2009





autoerotic asphyxiation. plastic bag over head controls the level of oxygen and thus induces boner.

JackT

JackT said on the 19th Feb, 2009

Would the recipient of autoerotic asphyxiation be saying "he seemed so sleazy on stage, it creeped me out" though?

icutmyownhair

icutmyownhair said on the 20th Feb, 2009



That would be Kylie saying that. The recipient would be too busy with his boner.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 20th Feb, 2009

But why would she say that? It makes no sense whatsoever.

Surely she was off doing lines and not acting as a sitter for Hutchence which is why he went a bit too far.

pac man

pac man said on the 20th Feb, 2009

inxs really need to let go... and also fuck them for kicking jd out... if they wanted to be boring they should have hired someone their own age... no doubt they all enjoyed coke in their prime.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 20th Feb, 2009

There will be another INXS release late this year or next year.

I think it's going to be far better than the last album with JD Fortune.

Andrew Farris still has some great music in him I think.

icutmyownhair

icutmyownhair said on the 20th Feb, 2009

But why would she say that? It makes no sense whatsoever.

Surely she was off doing lines and not acting as a sitter for Hutchence which is why he went a bit too far.

You make a valid point.

de-tec-tive

de-tec-tive said on the 20th Feb, 2009


so.... who will be singing?

dogmongler

dogmongler said on the 20th Feb, 2009

ME

http://www.deadinthescene.org/coppermine/albums/futurama/four/4x10%20the%20why%20of%20fry/Futurama_4x10_TWoF_190.JPG

MystifyMe

MystifyMe said on the 20th Feb, 2009



inxs copped so much flack from hutchences family after Michael died that the family blamed the band for his death and for not stepping in when they could see hutch had a major drug habit so my guess is they freeaked out seeing jd head down the same path, and didnt know what to do, as when jd and inxs did their first tour of OZ jd was sharp and electric and on the ball, yet by the second leg a year later he was looking shaggy and eyes glazed over and not himself..so i guess the band were scared jd was going to head down the same path as hutch did and that took them alot of yrs to get over.

dream_brother

dream_brother said on the 21st Feb, 2009

yeah so kick him out and have nothing to do with him to avoid something they might take "years to get over". what a fucking pathetic argument.

MystifyMe

MystifyMe said on the 21st Feb, 2009

i have also heard JD was impossible to work with due to hsi drug habit and owed the band alot of money he had borrowed but blew all on drugs

MystifyMe

MystifyMe said on the 21st Feb, 2009

i have been a huge fan of inxs for many years now and even know the band members personally, u have no idea how hard it was for them to get back on stage after hutch died, unlike ac/dc who had a new singer within weeks of Bon Scotts death, INXS took years until they werre ready to move on, so i really dont think they would want to go thru the death of another lead singer due to drug abuse all over again...

MystifyMe

MystifyMe said on the 21st Feb, 2009



there are rumours it could be Michael Johns, the aussie who was in the top 12 of US idol the other yr as i know him and andrew were writing together, there will be an announcement by the band in the next week or so on their future but i know santana and other high profile singers have offered their services to the band,

Paul_Busch

Paul_Busch said on the 24th Feb, 2009

Maybe they should just put out instrumentals? Maybe they should just GO AWAY

dream_brother

dream_brother said on the 25th Feb, 2009

INXS should really just stop.

i'm sure they are all still competent musicians, but making music under that name is just ruining their once good reputation.