INXS to tour U.S. with new lead singer

A new voice will front Austrailian rockers INXS on their 40-city U.S. club tour, which kicks off this summer.

The five-man band who brought you rock hits like “Need You Tonight” and “Devil Inside,” are substituting Jon Stevens for their original singer, Michael Hutchence, whose suicide in 1997 was a devastating blow to the music world.

Stevens, a longtime friend of INXS members and former singer of Aussie band Noiseworks, has been performing with the group on short tours throughout Australia and Europe, Reuters reports.

Now he’s set to lead the group on their U.S. tour in Anaheim, Calif., on May 30.

Andrew Farriss, guitarist, keyboardist and main songwriter for INXS said, “No one will ever replace Michael as the lead singer of INXS. At the same time, we all still have a passion to perform and to continue doing what we love.

“In the past year we’ve played some shows with Jon, who is a fantastic singer. It has felt very comfortable, and sounded pretty damn good, so it seems a natural progression to perform together for this U.S. tour.”

Some of the cities on the tour will include the House of Blues in Las Vegas on June 1, the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles on June 4, Utah State Fair Park in Salt Lake City on June 11, the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix on June 13, and the City Lights Pavilion in Denver on June 15.