recently posted a clip of a new song with the band's new singer but neglected to say who he was only that he was Irish, which led to speculation about Bono
and Rea Garvey
. The Australian band have now revealed that their new singer is Ciaran Gribbin
, according to Rolling Stone
Gribbin's resume includes writing the Madonna
" and singing backing vocals on Snow Patrol
's "Eyes Open
". Ciaran has already recorded some demos with INXS and will front the band during a tour in November. He replaces J.D. Fortune (who sang with the band after winning the reality competition "Rock Star: INXS
"). Original singer Michael Hutchence
died in 1997.
"A baptism of fire is the best way to describe the live shows, I think,
" Gribbin told Billboard
. "In a way I'm slightly nervous, and in another way I'm unbelievably excited. It's a wonderful, proud moment for me. It's a real feeling of achievement to have a band of INXS' stature believe in me as a performer and a singer. It's genuine dream-come-true, fairy-tale stuff for me. I'm still waking up in the morning here in Australia going, 'How did I get here?'
Thanks for the report to Bryan Wawzenek