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INXS' New Fortune

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Though not exactly LA-centric, Rockstar: INXS was filmed in town. Because of that, and our unabashed obsession with the show, we're reporting on the finale.

Last night, bad boy J.D. Fortune won the opportunity to front INXS, after a very close race between Mig and Marty. We had a special place in our heart for Suzie. She was easily the best vocalist of the bunch, but it appears INXS wanted a man to front the band.

Nobody will replace the charismatic (and talented) Michael Hutchence. That being said, INXS had an opportunity to break new ground. Either Suzie or Marty would have afforded INXS an opportunity to escape the "cover band" label. Marty, especially, had a clear vision of where the band needed to go to stay relevant. Likewise, his songwriting chops shone brightly on Trees. Mig, though we loved him, was far too theatrical for the edgier INXS. That leaves us with INXS' new golden child, J.D. Fortune. Our feelings are mixed. Unlike Marty, Mig and Suzie, we're not convinced that J.D. could cut it as a soloist. However, we do think he excels at arranging songs, singing old INXS hits and fronting a band. So, while not exactly groundbreaking, his image is fresh and will breathe new life in the band. We also think he can grow into the role of frontman. Also, in a small way, we actually hoped that Marty would lose... he has a bigger solo career awaiting him. INXS may have held him back.

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Our number one regret is that this little-watched show fell off the Neilson's radar. Apparently people like seeing amateurs compete (à la American Idol) rather than seasoned musicians. As far as reality series go, this was pretty solid. We look forward to hearing the new album with Fortune. Time will tell if INXS can still mystify us all.