A reformed INXS have been forced to cancel a proposed tour of NEW ZEALAND due to poor ticket sales.
INXS were due to play a four-date tour of the Island commencing at the Regent Theatre in Palmerston North on August 20. Three more dates, in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland – featuring guest vocalist and New Zealand native Jon Stevens in place of the late Michael Hutchence – were due to take place throughout the rest of the month. However, all the dates have now been scrapped due to poor ticket sales.
In a statement released via the band’s official website, [url=]www.inxs.com, the band’s production company claim to have fallen “victim to the current market conditions”. The statement reads: “It is with great reluctance that we have made this decision. Despite everyone’s best efforts and extensive promotion by the various band members and Jon Stevens on TV, radio, and in the nation’s press, the shows have fallen victim to the current market conditions here, which have seen similar cancellations in recent weeks.
“There seems to be a very serious problem facing the local industry at present, and how this impacts on future tours to New Zealand remains to be seen.
“INXS has always had the policy that if you say you are going to play, then you play – full house or not. Everyone is extremely disappointed the concerts will not be going ahead.”
This tour is the band’s first major outing since the death of Michael Hutchence in 1997. The band plan to re-enter the studio over the next few weeks and work on new material.