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Tuesday, October 12, 1999 Published at 15:39 GMT 16:39 UK


Hutchence online memorial opens

Michael Hutchence: The effects of his death are still being felt

Rock icon Michael Hutchence's father Kelland has opened a memorial Website for his son, coinciding with the release of the INXS frontman's solo album.

Kelland Hutchence wrote about his son and provided family pictures for the site, which was created by two fans in Switzerland.

On the site, he tells fans he is still learning to deal with his son's death, adding: "Somehow I always feel he is not far away - just out there fairly close with a smile on his face and missing us as much as we miss him."

It features photographs of Hutchence growing up, and tributes from friends and fellow musicians. Among them are Jimmy Page, Boy George, and Hutchence's ex-girlfriend Helena Christiansen.

The appearance of the site comes a week before the much-talked about solo album, simply called Michael Hutchence, is released in the UK.

Hutchence had spent three years working on the album with producers Danny Saber and Andy Gill before he was found hanging in a Sydney hotel room in November 1997.

[ image: The other members of INXS carry Hutchence's coffin at his funeral]
The other members of INXS carry Hutchence's coffin at his funeral
Most of the work on the album had been finished, and Gill completed the rest of the tracks. They include a duet between Hutchence and Bono which the U2 frontman recorded after Hutchence's death.

Some of the album's lyrics are said to refer to his partner Paula Yates' custody battle with her former husband Bob Geldof over their children.

One track, Put The Pieces Together, contains the lines: "All is fair in love and war/ With a cold heart and a smoking gun/ Sue me, sue me, sue me."

Kelland Hutchence called the album "the best memorial we could ever have".

"I know how he struggled over the years to get this album out into the world, he strived to make this album as perfect as he so deeply desired it to be," he added.

More Hutchence material is also set to hit the shops, with the re-release in Australia of an album by his 1989 side project Max Q.

Nearly two years on, the repercussions from Hutchence's death are still being felt. His family and his financial advisors are in a court dispute over millions of pounds allegedly missing from his estate.

Meanwhile, Paula Yates wants the suicide verdict on Hutchence overturned, claiming he may have been playing a sex game which went wrong.

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