But on April 18, Stevens worked the crowd of around 300 mostly fawning women at the Mac Arthur Tavern in working-class Campbelltown, 50km west of Sydney, like a pro. A day earlier, his 30-date Australian tour was cancelled after he was charged with assaulting now-estranged fiance, Jodhi Meares, the ex-wife of James Packer - one of Australia's richest men. A few weeks later, Stevens was embroiled in controversy after he was present at a lunch fracas involving high profile businessman John Singleton at an inner city restaurant.
Stevens was arrested after police were called to the couple's multi million dollar mansion in Sydney's exclusive Point Piper suburb. Singleton was photographed standing over his old friend, billionaire Fairfax Media director Jack Cowin with a broken wine glass.
Over the next few years, additional members were added before renaming themselves as Noiseworks in 1986.
In 1986, Stevens became the lead singer of the Sydney band Noiseworks.
Its not that Stevens has done nothing new since parting with INXS. I thought Mig Ayesa, the Australian, would get the job.
To the contrary, he released a highly polished, funky solo album in late 2004, penning the first song, , the day after he left the band. He was the best, but I can understand why they chose [Fortune] hes a good-looking guy.
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He [Singleton] loves it, I don't.'Then this week, Stevens luck went from bad to worse when he allegedly ran over high-profile Israeli journalist Akiva Eldar.
Stevens says the title is coincidental, but then says hes not bitter about the band who replaced him in a TV talent quest. You dont believe everything you read, do you? He was the weakest talent on the show, and if he is smart he will use INXS.
It was reported he said INXS were cashing in and should give up, that he called the INXS reality-TV show Mock Star and said the winner, J. But I dont need to say what I think to validate what people think they know. Stevens says he joined INXS to help out his mates, who were at a loss after the death of Michael Hutchence. We had one rehearsal the day before the gig. We had Terence Trent D Arby for a week and he couldnt even learn four songs. He says he would have liked to record with INXS: There was a period we should have recorded an album, but they werent being creative. They were too busy touring, revitalising the brand name and selling the back catalogue. Stevens may have breathed some fresh air into INXS, who were stale well before Hutchences death.
In 1982, a self-titled album was released, but was not successful.
In 1983, Stevens formed the band The Change with guitarist Stuart Fraser.
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