Tue Jul 04, 2006
INXS in Berkeley
I saw INXS perform a few weeks back in Berkeley, California. It was a great experience.
When I arrived at will call to pick up my aftershow passes, there was a slight mix up, so the will call people called down to backstage to see if I was "in". They got the word, and not only did I get my aftershow passes, but a pair of second row seats! I already had some seats (not nearly as good) so this was an unexpected bonus.
I went with my new girlfriend. I told her I was friends with the band, but I don't think she realized that I really knew them. During the concert, while I was jumping up in down to the music, the guys in the band would acknowledge me as they saw me. First Kirk, then Gary, and then JD.
After the show we went backstage. Kirk apologized for the mix-up, to which I replied I wished there were more mix-ups like that. He apologized for not being able to make it to my BBQ I was having the next day. They were letting some small thing like a show in Sacramento get in the way. We also talked to Tim, who also apologized for not making the BBQ, and said he would miss the chicken salad and deserts. He knew about the salad and deserts from other people on the eVite telling what they would bring. We also talked to Andrew and JD a bit. JD looked like he was in a lot of pain since he sprained his leg or pulled something a couple weeks before. You'd never know it from his performance.
My girlfriend Stacie took home a radish from the catering table as a souvenir.
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Tue Jan 24, 2006
JAV & INXS in Oakland
Here I am hanging out with my pals in INXS.
The girls are not in INXS. They're groupies. :)
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Wed Dec 07, 2005
JAV Parties with INXS in San Francisco
Last Friday, INXS performed at a private party for Advance in San Francisco. Advance is an organization for Australians working in the United States. I have an Australian friend who is in the organization who knew of the event and who knew what a huge fan I was. She let me know, and it's a good thing, otherwise I would have never known.
INXS performed at the Advance Gala. Because it was a Gala, I dressed up real nice. The band came on at 10 pm, and performed a short 8 song set:
What You Need
Need You Tonight
The show was really fantastic. I took lots and lots of photos. The band and new singer JD Fortune were really tight.
I was in the front row, and the band members nodded to me as they saw me. After the show, Kirk (the guitar and sax guy) leaned over and provided me with instructions to meet them backstage.
Backstage I met the new guy for the first time (I briefly yelled at him in LA, but that doesn't count). He seemed very nice and very down to earth, and all the guys are getting along with him famously. I got all the original members to sign my new INXS autobiography, and also got all of them to sign the new album Switch.
The new guy, JD Fortune, and me.
The old guy, Kirk Pengilly, and me.
After that we all headed to the band's hotel for drinks at the bar. Couldn't stay up too late since they had to perform on VH1's Big In '05 awards in LA the next day.
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Fri Oct 07, 2005
J. D. Fortune named new INXS singer
This is old news now, but J. D. Fortune was named the new singer of INXS in the finale of Rock Star : INXS.
I often get asked what I think of the choice of Fortune as the new singer. I'm happy about it. I would have been happy with any of the finalists. Early on in the series, I became a fan of J. D., Marty Casey, and Mig Ayesa. They are all great.
I think Mig's downfall was that he didn't write a song that became a fan favorite. He wrote a slow ballad, which was not at all in the style of INXS. Marty wrote the song Trees and J. D. wrote Pretty Vegas. However, Marty had written the song before the series, while J. D. wrote his song while he was on the show. So this is why I believe J. D. was chosen.
As a longtime friend of the band, I was able to get some VIP passes for the taping of the finale and the after party at the House Of Blues.
Before the taping I was waiting around backstage, and I got to say Hi to some members of INXS and management and other INXS fans. I saw a lot of the contestants. I saw J. D. walk by to an elevator so I thought I would just say Hi and wish him luck. When I got to him, the elevator had just opened and he was getting in, so I just blurted out, "JD! You rock!", and felt like a moron immediately afterwards.
At the end of the show, the band performed a new song called Easy Easy. It was really good. They then played about 5 songs from the INXS back catalog.
I ran into some INXS members after the show. I asked if they remembered me auditioning for the show, and then just nodded and said, "Yeah..."
The after party was at the House of Blues which was quite an interesting place. Most of the band and contestants were there. We all watched the finale as it aired on CBS. I was watching it "near" Marty.
I met a nice woman named Liz at the party. After talking with her for about 10 minutes, I discovered she was Marty's sister. She appeared on one episode of the show after Marty had won the encore performance. We became best friends for the night.
The first single with J. D. is now out. It's Pretty Vegas - the song J. D. wrote while on the show. Get it from iTunes now, and watch for the new album Switch coming out in November.
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Wed Jul 13, 2005
On TV Tonight
I was at the taping of the Rock Star:INXS show that aired tonight. Here are 2 places where you can see me:
People ask me why I'm turned around in the above picture. I'm looking behind me while everyone else is looking forward. They had just announced the band, and since the band is so awesome, I quickly turned around and clapped like a madman. Very soon after I turned around, everyone else did too. So this screen shot was taken in that small amount of time between me turning around and everyone else turning around.
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Sun Jul 10, 2005
I just got back from seeing a television taping of the show Rock Star:INXS. I signed an non-disclosure agreement, so I can't say anything about it.
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Tue Mar 01, 2005
JAV auditions for INXS, results as expected
I went to Los Angeles this weekend to audition for INXS. The band is looking for a new lead singer through a new reality show Rock Star, produced by Mark Burnett of Survivor and Apprentice fame, and set to air on CBS this summer.
I'm a huge fan of INXS, and I was auditioning just for the fun of it. I am not a good singer, and I know this. I'm acquaintances of several members of the band, so I thought it would be funny to perform for them. My plan was to do a medley of 4 INXS songs, including 2 extremely obscure ones - "Happy Christmas" and "Any Day But Sunday".
I went to LA and waited in line for 5 hours. I was number 84. Here's me in line:
I got cut off quite early in my audition, after about 45 seconds. I sang a verse from Just Keep Walking, and a little bit from Happy Christmas. I guess they had heard enough of me singing a Christmas song in late February, because they stopped me and said, "Thank you. Next please."
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Wed Jul 21, 2004
What I think about INXS and Rock Star
I originally posted this message a few weeks ago to an INXS message board. That message has since expired, and people have asked to see it again, so I'm posting it here.
Here's my thoughts about INXS being a part of the upcoming Rock Star reality show. I'm really quite excited about it.
This will give the band great exposure. The last few studio albums by INXS have been great. But sales lingered because there wasn't enough exposure. I think even the last tour in the US would have been more successful with more exposure.
It's great to see something new from the band. The band has made a number of releases over the past number of years, but they have amounted to re-releases of existing material. This is something new from the band.
It's like seeing my friends on TV. Each week I'll be able to tune in and see my friends from INXS. The only time I get to see them now is when they tour through the US, which hasn't happened for a couple years, and I hadn't expected to happen again for some time.
If we don't like the winner, it's only for a tour. There's no mention of the winner joining the band or recording new material with the band. If the winner turns out to be great, then that door is always open. But it should be obvious to all if the new person doesn't fit in, and we won't have to worry about him anymore.
I get to see INXS on tour. I absolutely love following INXS on the road from city to city, and without this, I didn't expect it to happen for some time, if ever.
People will become aware of INXS again. Right now, most people don't think INXS are together, and don't think they ever released an album after X in 1991. With INXS in the limelight, people will pay more attention and become exposed to some of the great music INXS has done in the last 10 years.
If INXS is ever going to tour again anyways, a singer needs to be found. This is probably a better way to do it than many others. This allows the band to see a wide array of candidates. The people auditioning will be people who fit together with a rock band like INXS. They won't be people who may do well on American Idol performing in a completely different genre.
I trust INXS's judgment. It's not like America votes for the singer and the band is stuck with it. INXS vote along with a music expert.
Whether you like Survivor or Apprentice or any reality show or not (I liked Apprentice), Mark Burnett is the king of reality shows. INXS will have teamed with the best in the business, making the chance of the show being successful just that much better.
One last time - exposure. INXS could release the best rock album ever produced tomorrow, but without exposure, it wouldn't sell or get radio airplay. A lot of great bands from the 80s put out albums today and no one notices. And I can't believe that all these bands suddenly started to suck in 1990. I know the band is capable of making a fabulous album, and I'd love to see it succeed like Kick.
I think this is exciting and new, and doing this is better than the band doing nothing. I think this is really one of the few bands if not the only band that could pull this off. As I've said before, my biggest concern since 1997 was that the band would wrap it up, so I love any sign that that's not happening.
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Mon Jun 14, 2004
INXS to appear on Rock Star
Mark Burnett, mastermind of Survivor and The Apprentice, is now producing a new reality show called Rock Star. The winner will record an album with INXS and go on a world tour.
I start singing lessons this week in preparation for my audition. I have no delusions that I will win or even progress anywhere, but as a long time INXS fan, I can't pass up the experience of trying out. I'm taking lessons to minimize the amount I expect I'll suck.
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Tue May 11, 2004
New INXS DVD Coming Soon
I'm Only Looking - The Best Of is slated for worldwide release in June.
Containing 25 of the best INXS videos and a wide range of rare live and documentary material, the set will delight INXS fans everywhere who have been feverishly requesting such a collection for a very long time.
With new band interviews and song intros filmed recently for inclusion in the set, the DVD highlights the band's innovation in the realms of music video. Remastered in 5.1 surround sound and cleaned up from original video masters, these INXS clips - both old and new - have never looked or sounded better!
More info, as always, is available on INXS.com.
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