The surviving members of INXS will be hitting the road come April in an Australian touring production called "Tim Rice's Musical Spectacular."
Andrew Farriss, Tim Farriss, Jon Farriss, Garry Gary Beers, and Kirk Pengilly will be taking part in the tribute to lyricist Rice for ten shows scheduled from April 25 in Brisbane to May 21 in Perth.
Rice, along with Andrew Lloyd-Webber, penned such mainstream musicals as "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Evita," and "Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."
The lyricist's most recent successes include Disney's "The Lion King" and "Beauty And The Beast." Last year, Rice teamed up with Elton John to compose "Aida," a musical recording featuring Sting, Dru Hill, Kelly Price, LeAnn Rimes, Lenny Kravitz, and the Spice Girls, among others.
INXS will be performing songs from such musicals and backing a number of stage-oriented vocalists including Iva Davies, Bachelor Girl, Kate Ceberano, Anthony Warlow, and David Essex.
other news, the official INXS.com Web site hosted a chat February 1 with saxophonist Pengilly that revealed a few small nuggets of information, including that the band has yet to sort out record company problems in order to put out a long-discussed album of previously unreleased material. When asked if there would ever be a tribute concert to the band's late frontman, Michael Hutchence, Pengilly answered, "Not if I can help it."
He also revealed that the band has finally made a deal with a distribution company and is currently laboring over basic script ideas for a documentary film and a book covering the band's 20-year career.
Fans of the late Hutchence can look forward to the release of the singer's self-titled posthumous album, which is scheduled for release in the U.S. on February 22.