VANCOUVER, BC Thursday Jan.19.2006 /netmusiccountdown.com/ -- After the death of frontman Michael Hutchence, it looked like the end of INXS.

But last year, the remaining band members staged a comeback through the reality TV show Rock Star, where they began a search for a new singer. Canadian singer JD Fortune is the man who landed the job.

Guitarist/keyboardist Andrew Farriss told RollingStone.com that the band knew they needed someone a frontperson who wasn't just a great singer, but also a great entertainer and communicator. "Somebody who could reach out to people and touch people, and JD is doing that," said Farriss.

Last night, INXS officially kicked off its world tour from Vancouver in support of its new album "Switch." The North American portion of the tour runs through February 26th.

Here are the tour dates for INXS, per www.INXS.com:

January
19: Seattle, Paramount Theatre
20: Lincoln City, OR, Chinook Winds Casino
21: Lincoln City, OR, Chinook Winds Casino
23: Oakland, CA, Paramount Theatre
25: Pala, CA, Pala Casino
26: Highland, CA, San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino
27: Universal City, CA, Gibson Amphitheatre
28: Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
30: Denver, Colorado Convention Center

February
01: Saint Charles, MO, Family Arena
02: Kansas City, Midland Theatre
03: Minneapolis, Orpheum Theatre
04: Chicago, Chicago Theatre
06: Toronto, Massey Hall
07: Toronto, Massey Hall
08: Detroit, Masonic Temple Theatre
10: Boston, Wang Center
11: Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Hotel and Casino
12: New York, Avery Fisher Hall
13: New York, Avery Fisher Hall
15: Reading, PA, Sovereign Performing Arts Center
16: Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Casino
17: Upper Darby, PA, Tower Theatre
18: Washington, DC, Warner Theatre
20: Norfolk, VA, Chrysler Hall
21: Charlotte, NC, Ovens Auditorium
22: Atlanta, Civic Center
24: Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
25: Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
26: Boca Raton, FL, Mizner Park Amphitheatre

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