INXS Unveils Ciaran Gribbin as New Singer

Posted by Michael Mueller on September 27, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Ever since Michael Hutchence passed away—much too early—in 1997, Australian rockers INXS have essentially been wandering the outback with Crocodile Dundee nowhere in sight. And just when they were once again nearing something resembling their former rock star civilization with their 2005 "INXS: RockStar" reality TV experiment, their winning choice J.D. Fortune quickly discovered he couldn't handle his namesake lifestyle, and it all quickly fizzled.

INXS Ciaran GribbinThis time, after unceremoniously dumping Fortune—a few times—the band has announced that Belfast-born singer Ciaran Gribbin, a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter who has worked with Paul McCartney, Madonna, Paul Oakenfold, Snow Patrol, and Groove Armada, among others, will be their man at the mic. They have also posted the first new demo recording with Gribbin, titled "Tiny Summer," at

INXS guitar tab 

The song was co-written by Gribbin and longtime INXS songwriter Andrew Farriss, who said he "felt magic" again while collaborating with the new singer. "I'm currently writing more songs for INXS with Ciaran, and we as a band hope to share more new music wit you all as soon as possible."

"It's all so amazing and sometimes overwhelming, especially when I look up and see that my writing partner is one of the greatest songwriters of our time," added Gribbin.

Until the new album is completed, INXS will hit the road in early November to present their new show, INXS "Now Playing" (Like You Have Never Seen Them Before).

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To see Gribbin in action, check out this video of "Sink Your Teeth In" by Joe Echo:


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