J. D. Fortune named new INXS singer
This is old news now, but J. D. Fortune was named the new singer of INXS in the finale of Rock Star : INXS.
I often get asked what I think of the choice of Fortune as the new singer. I'm happy about it. I would have been happy with any of the finalists. Early on in the series, I became a fan of J. D., Marty Casey, and Mig Ayesa. They are all great.
I think Mig's downfall was that he didn't write a song that became a fan favorite. He wrote a slow ballad, which was not at all in the style of INXS. Marty wrote the song Trees and J. D. wrote Pretty Vegas. However, Marty had written the song before the series, while J. D. wrote his song while he was on the show. So this is why I believe J. D. was chosen.
As a longtime friend of the band, I was able to get some VIP passes for the taping of the finale and the after party at the House Of Blues.
Before the taping I was waiting around backstage, and I got to say Hi to some members of INXS and management and other INXS fans. I saw a lot of the contestants. I saw J. D. walk by to an elevator so I thought I would just say Hi and wish him luck. When I got to him, the elevator had just opened and he was getting in, so I just blurted out, "JD! You rock!", and felt like a moron immediately afterwards.
At the end of the show, the band performed a new song called Easy Easy. It was really good. They then played about 5 songs from the INXS back catalog.
I ran into some INXS members after the show. I asked if they remembered me auditioning for the show, and then just nodded and said, "Yeah..."
The after party was at the House of Blues which was quite an interesting place. Most of the band and contestants were there. We all watched the finale as it aired on CBS. I was watching it "near" Marty.
I met a nice woman named Liz at the party. After talking with her for about 10 minutes, I discovered she was Marty's sister. She appeared on one episode of the show after Marty had won the encore performance. We became best friends for the night.
The first single with J. D. is now out. It's Pretty Vegas - the song J. D. wrote while on the show. Get it from iTunes now, and watch for the new album Switch coming out in November.
I'm curious about the new music video of Pretty Vegas. I can't play it on my G5 from either VH1's site or Yahoo Music. It seems that the encoding is not supported with WMP on the Mac or anything else. Do you know of any versions that are Mac friendly or a work around? I appreciate any info you have for me. Thanks, JLF