INXS Parts Ways With Fortune Again

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September 19, 2011 | 2:15pm EST

Australian rockers Inxs have fired their frontman J.D. Fortune for the second time in two years.
The singer won his place in the band in 2005 after triumphing in TV talent search Rock Star: INXS, but he was booted from the line-up in 2009 and forced to seek help for a drug abuse problem that was spiralling out of control.

Fortune was welcomed back to the Original Sin hitmakers as Michael Hutchence’s permanent replacement in January – but the reunion has been brief and the singer recently revealed he had not been included in plans for the band’s new music.

In a post on his blog, he wrote, “As of now I have not been invited to be a part of INXS’s (sic) new music.”

According to Australia’s Herald Sun newspaper, the existing members of INXS are expected to make a formal announcement about Fortune’s replacement later this week.