JD Fortune: "How I Won Over Hutchence Family"
The new INXS frontman says meeting Hutch's brother was initially a scary experience...
New INXS frontman JD Fortune has revealed to MTV.co.uk that his first meeting with a member of Michael Hutchence's family initially went down like a lead balloon.
The singer who won his place in the band via reality show 'Rock Star: INXS', explained, "I met his brother Rhett in Australia a while ago and it wasn't pleasant. He was wearing a t-shirt saying, 'That's not my brother'.
"His friend had a t-shirt on which said, 'Mock Star: INXS'. I had to say something, so was like, 'You don't know me, I don't know you. We're just humans.'
"Something changed after that and by the end of the night it was a different story. Rhett took the t-shirt off and bought another one. He hugged me and said he was sorry."
The new-look band, who played a sell-out Shepherd Bush show last night (October 12) are gradually winning over the hardcore INXS-ers who initially slated them for replacing Hutchence with a reality TV show contestant.
"I think reality TV cheapens everything - I'm not a fan - but I tried to see past the audition process," JD said. "I went there because of Michael Hutchence and INXS.
"I want to pay homage to Michael but I'm not trying to recapture the past. I'm trying to fill my own shoes."
The band's new tune 'After Glow' is released on November 6.