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INXS Plots Tour, New Album & Legal Defense

SYDNEY (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — INXS have announced that they are planning to hit the road with their first tour of Australia in 4 years years, this time, performing at wineries as part of A Day On The Green. INXS will include frontman J.D. Fortune, who had been in hiatus.

The tour will take place in January and February of 2011 and includes two dates in New South Wales on Australia Day-eve Tuesday, January 25 in Mudgee and on Australia Day on Wednesday, January 26 in Bowral.

Joining INXS on the road will be the US-based band Train as well as The Baby Animals and Models.

INXS will be touring in support of a forthcoming studio album, which is expected later this year.

Despite this good news INXS, the band has also become the target of a lawsuit around the rights to the image and songs of former former INXS frontman Michael Hutchence.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, a Virgin Islands-based company Chardonnay has taken INXS member Andrew Farriss, their manager, labels and U.S. lawyer to court, claiming that they bought the rights to collect 1/6th of the royalties from airplay of Hutchence's music and from his image, as well proceeds from the sale of an album released after his death.

As revealed in a decision published by the court, lawyers for Chardonnay are asserting that the defendants conspired to prevent Chardonnay from receiving their allotment of the proceeds. The defendants deny these allegations.

Other details about the case remain obscure as the court has yet to release them. Most of the band are not targeted by the current round of litigation after winning previous legal decisions over the matter, however the SMH reports that Tim and Jon Farriss, Gary Beers and Kirk Pengilly could become targets again.

Some media sources have reported that Chardonnay, a trust company, is representing the interests of Hutchence's daughter, Tiger Lily but the company has refused to confirm this. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers