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J.D.’s long been making his fortune off of dead rockers

JOHN INTINI November 7 2005
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J.D.’s long been making his fortune off of dead rockers

JOHN INTINI November 7 2005

Music

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J.D.’s long been making his fortune off of dead rockers

JOHN INTINI

Holly before his INXS gig

J.D. Fortune has a history with dead rock stars. “When I was 19,1 paid the rent by impersonating Elvis,” says the new front man of INXS, a title he won last month on the TV reality series, Rock Star: INXS. “I started off doing Buddy Holly at small gigs, before being asked one night to try Elvis. Next thing I knew, I had a black leather jacket and was saying ‘Thank you very much,’ in Vegas as part of a legends’ show.”

Though a skilled imitator, Fortune made every effort when recording INXS’s new album, Switch, to not copy the

style of the late Michael Hutchence

(the Australian band’s original singer, who killed himself in 1997). The 32-yearold is fully aware of the media circus that awaits him-starting with the CD release on Nov. 29 and the band’s upcoming world tour. So he decided to split his last couple of weeks out of the spotlight at his dad’s home in Oakville, Ont., and his mother’s farm in Salt Springs, N.S. “I’m just going to get stoned,” he says, “and watch cattle.” Sounds like Fortune has had some good rock star training. JOHN INTINI

Visit the Maclean’s screening room to check out Pretty Vegas, the brand new music video by INXS (starring Fortune).

www.macleans.

ca/screening

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