INXS Members Say Rumors Not True

December 25, 1997 12:00 AM ET

Mercury Records announced yesterday that, contrary to rumors, INXS is not auditioning new lead singers to take the place of the late Michael Hutchence.

Although both print and television news reported that auditions were being held in New York, London and Sydney, the band's manager, Martha Troup, said, "Right now the band and I are grieving for Michael and that would be the absolute last thing we would be doing."

Hutchence, 37, was found dead in his Sydney hotel room just before noon on Nov. 22.

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