INXS guitarist Tim Farriss severs the ring finger on his left hand while operating a winch on his boat. Doctors reattach the digit after two surgeries.
JD Fortune wins the CBS reality competition Rock Star: INXS to become the group's new lead singer. INXS used various guest vocalists after the 1997 death of Michael Hutchence; Fortune stays with the group until 2011.
INXS, Crowded House and other Australian acts play the "Concert For Life" benefit at Centennial Park in Sydney to help continue the work of Victor Chang, a leader in heart research who was murdered in 1991. The crowd is estimated at 100,000; no alcohol is allowed (a rarity at an Australian concert) because the park must be protected.
INXS release X, the follow-up to their wildly successful 1987 album Kick. In the interim, lead singer Michael Hutchence released an album with his less glamorous band, Max Q.
INXS, the new sensation from Australia, are the big winners at the MTV Video Music Awards, taking five trophies, including Video Of The Year, for "Need You Tonight/Mediate." The songs are separate tracks on the album but combined for the video; the "Mediate" part is an homage to Bob Dylan's 1965 "Subterranean Homesick Blues" film.
INXS play the first of two concerts in Guam, a small island in the Pacific that rarely draws major acts. The stop follows a three-month US tour and precedes their tour of Japan.
Apple's Steve Wozniak hosts the second US Festival, intending it to be the "Super Bowl of rock." The lineup is even more impressive than that of its 1982 predecessor, and the attendance is substantially larger. Wozniak splurges on David Bowie with two million dollars of his own money, simply because he "really loves him."More
Jon Farriss (drummer for INXS) is born in Perth, Western Australia.
INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence is born in Lain Cove, a suburb of Sydney.
Keyboard player Andrew Farris, who forms INXS along with his brothers, Tim and Jon, is born in Perth, Western Australia. He and lead singer Michael Hutchence team up to write most of the group's songs.
Kirk Pengilly (guitarist for INXS) is born in Kew, Victoria, Australia.
INXS lead guitarist Tim Farriss is born in Perth, Western Australia.
INXS bass player Garry Beers is born in Manly, New South Wales, Australia.
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