Sunday, May 29, 2011

VIDEO: INXS rock The Tonight Show

INXS look like they’ll have a busy summer, as the band recently announced the first set of North American dates on “The Original Sin Tour.”

The band will kick off the tour in Canada on July 3rd, with their first U.S. show slated for July 17th in Seattle.

Two years in the making, “Original Sin” teams INXS with musicians from around the globe, from superstars like Ben Harper, Train's Pat Monahan, Rob Thomas and Nikka Costa to up and comer DJ Yaleidys of Cuba, to reinterpret and revitalize their own classics for a whole new generation.

An eclectic mix of music including Thomas and Yaleidys' sultry take on "Original Sin" and trip-hop superstar Tricky's electrifying version of "Mediate" to Pat Monahan's emotional "Beautiful Girl" and French pop artist Loane's take on "Mystify" with John Mayer & Kirk Pengilly on guitar, INXS boldly embrace their past and future on one album.

To have so many of their peers want to perform INXS songs is a testament to the songwriting and something that INXS keyboardist/guitarist and main songwriter Andrew Farriss is immensely proud of. "I'm truly flattered that we have so many artists interested in working with us reimaging these songs. In a sense, it's been re-energizing for us to look at ourselves differently in the context of being in 2010 rather than, you know, 30 years ago. I feel we're very much doing something that's now and significant."

Lead guitarist Tim Farriss agrees. "Original Sin is just, for me, so exciting. I know certain people might sort of perceive it as why aren't you doing new material, but the fact of the matter is we're getting to play some of our favorite songs from our history and play them the way we want them to be heard today."

INXS stopped by The Tonight Show on Friday to perform “Beautiful Girl” with the help of Train’s Pat Monahan.


INXS – Beautiful Girl
Vocals: Pat Monahan of Train

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno – May 27, 2011

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