INXS To Launch World Tour

After a two-year hiatus from the road, INXS will kick off a world tour Feb. 24 at BC Place Stadium during the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Other dates have not been announced.

The band has been working on a hush-hush project recording some of their best-known hits with guest artists including Brandon Flowers, Rob Thomas and Australian powerhouse singer Vanessa Amorosi.

It is not known who will front INXS when they return to the stage.

INXS has had problems replacing their late frontman Michael Hutchence. They tried Britain’s Terence Trent D’Arby for one show, while Noiseworks’ Jon Stevens left after two years because they had no fresh material recorded.

Their search for another singer was captured in 2005 on the TV show “Rock Star: INXS,” which matched them with Canada’s JD Fortune for a two-year world tour and an album.

The band’s manager, CM Murphy, founder of Petrol Electric, called the new album “Their most exciting project since Kick.”