WILL it finally come to pass that Hong Kong's most elusive ex-schoolboy, Michael Hutchence, and his band INXS play a gig in the territory? ''INXS to play Hong Kong'' rumours have cropped up regularly over the years, without Hutchence being able to confirm a date in the place where he studied and where he owns a house.
Now, word comes from Australia that INXS has been approached to head a massive Aussie band promotion at the Happy Valley racecourse in December.
The proposed show is the brainchild of the Australian High Commission and other government agencies.
The band's record company said INXS had yet to receive an official proposal for the show. Be patient, and watch this space. IN THE wake of the tragic death in Japan of lead singer Wong Ka-kui, Beyond has decided to do some globe-trotting and soul-searching.
The band has given itself three months and a free itinerary to travel the world and seek inspiration. Without Ka-kui, who was responsible for much of Beyond's musical direction and creative output, the band is at the crossroads.
Still, New Order did spring from Joy Division in the wake of a tragedy. By way of help, Japanese management company Amuse has set up a production team to help the band.
It will also have to come to terms with having just missed out on the MTV Asia Viewer's Choice award to be handed out at this week's Video Music Awards in Los Angeles. The winners? India's Indus Creed. RISING from the ashes of the Golden Palette restaurant in Wan Chai this week is a club called It, the second night spot to open in the area in a fortnight. The other, Old Hat, is a cross between a karaoke bar and hostess club.
The owners of the Golden Palette have switched from an oriental buffet restaurant into a bar/disco, with a band from Chicago. SHE used to be on first name terms with Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos and, in her heyday, entertained notables and dignitaries on their jets, but these days renowned Filipina singer Maricris Bermont saves her best performances for the Lord.
A banker's wife and the mother of five, the flamboyant Maricris became a born again Christian in the early 1980s.
She is the guest singer at the 12th Asian convention of the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship in Hong Kong this week.