|INXS with J.D. Fortune, far right. (File photo)
Canadian rocker J.D. Fortune will once again share the stage with Aussie rockers INXS.
And with the whole world watching.
Global's ET Canada reported, in a world exclusive, on Wednesday night, that INXS' publicist had confirmed that Fortune will "do a special guest appearance" during the band's Feb. 24 sold-out show at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Fortune, who won the INXS frontman spot during the reality TV show Rockstar: INXS in 2005, talked about his split from the group last year under awkward circumstances.
In a Canadian print exclusive last March, Fortune told QMI Agency, that he said goodbye to his former bandmates in 2007 at an airport thinking there were still two more legs of the INXS tour to complete.
But when those shows were cancelled and he didn't hear back from them after 10 months, he said he had no choice but to think he was no longer in the group.
"It was very ambiguous, very cryptic. 'We'll get back to you,' " Fortune told QMI Agency at the time. "I started to feel maybe like I was a sports car that they were going to put a tarp on and take a tarp off any time they wanted to."
At one point, he was penniless and homeless - having poured all of his money into recording a solo album, Death of A Motivational Speaker - and living out of his car until he godparents invited him to stay at their Mississauga, Ontario home.
INXS spokesman Chris Murphy said in a separate interview with The Daily Telegraph last year the band was shocked by Fortune's allegations that he had been let go, and that the group had not ruled out Fortune's return.
Murphy then told Confidential magazine: "The whole thing has been bizarre -- (J.D) was basically a contractor and his contract had ended."
Now, it appears, an INXS/Fortune reunion - possibly a brief one given "the special appearance" designation - is just two weeks away in Vancouver.
INXS is said to be recording an album in memory of original singer Michael Hutchence, who died in 1997, featuring an all-star lineup including The Killers' Brandon Flowers and Matchbox 20's Rob Thomas