As he relates on the line from 102-degree, “fucking boiling” Sydney, Australia-where he spent Christmas with his new bandmates and their families-Fortune was living out of his auto when he heard about the auditions for .“I was literally, like, sleepin’ in my car,” he recalls, “and when this advertisement came on the radio, something inside of me just went, ‘This is what you’re gonna do for the rest of your life.’ It was really, really bizarre.” Fortune’s premonition wasn’t all that cosmic, though."It's the end of an era, and I know how much they all enjoy playing music live.It saddens me that after Michael's [Hutchence] death and everything that we went through as a band that they're calling it quits – especially after they had a new guy in for, I think, a year.
They are casual gig shots from fans."There are still live photos of Fortune under INXS on the site. What bothers me is that there are seven people [his Fortune bandmates] in Toronto Canada that have been working their asses off getting ready to play a show and I would never in my wildest dreams expect somebody to wake up in the morning and find out something they were told wasn't true via the Internet."I just want to move forward with this band," he adds.
The INXS Never Tear Us Apart mini-series has been nominated for excellence across a broad array of categories for this year’s Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards.
The award nominations include: Best Telefeature Or Miniseries Best Direction In A Television Drama Or Comedy Best Lead Actor In A Television Drama (Luke Arnold) Best Guest Or Supporting Actor In A Television Drama (Andy Ryan) Huge congratulations to all the cast and crew for the amazing production and the nominations!
"I'm grateful that our band is moving forward," he adds, "but I'm also saddened that INXS is no longer." Fortune was dropped from INXS last summer after the band had already lined up Gribbin.
He found out when his name was removed from the INXS website just days after he performed with them in Atlanta.