INXS guitarist TIM FARRISS has told NME.COM he has mixed feelings about playing live without late singer MICHAEL HUTCHENCE, but plans to continue because the band have “climbed too many mountains” to “just give it away”.
Speaking to following the band’s headline appearance at the Asia Pacific Le Mans Series race held in Adelaide on New Year’s Eve, Farriss said the band were still in “weird territory” at the show, which featured new singer Jon Stevens. He said: “I miss Michael and it’s hard to know whether to be happy about the performance, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry…I’m not sure what it proves, we’re still in weird territory…it’s going to take time.”
Farriss continued: “There were a lot of fans who were mega Michael Hutchence fans and that’s understandable, because so am I, there’s no doubt about that. But at the end of the day, he’s not here and we are and we have to get on with our lives.
“He was just one section of the band, while we miss him more than anyone else would, apart from Tiger and Paula, I think the best way we can honour his memory is go ahead and do the right thing and continue making music.”
Before replacing Hutchence, who died in 1997, Stevens was formerly of rock act Noiseworks. Eyewitnesses at the show told NME.COM that he did “a superb job” in front of the 15,000 strong crowd, with “his voice barely deviating from the original versions” originally sung by Hutchence.
Finally, INXS are to feature on a selection of stamps which pay tribute to the success of Australian bands. INXS will donate the artwork from their 1984 single ‘Original Sin’ for the stamp, issued in Australia in March, according to the band’s website [url=]www.inxs.com