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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

INXS: In Concert

The band looked familiar. Well, at least five-sixths of it did.

The core of INXS, Australia’s pop darlings for more than 20 years, appeared a bit more seasoned last night in Washington, D.C. than when I last saw the group live, back in 1987.

But something up front was certainly different.

I’ll admit that it must be incredibly hard to replace an icon like Michael Hutchence. Apparently, however, gyrating languidly and humping the microphone stand help the new guy settle in more smoothly.

I had the distinct pleasure of hearing—and the distinct pain of seeing—more than 90 minutes of this center stage oddity, who the band selected from hundreds of contestants on last year’s reality television hit Rock Star. I had trouble remembering his name; although I knew it was J.D. something-or-other, I could only recall that his last name was the same as one of my favorite Chinese restaurants.

And J.D. Szechuan Palace just didn’t sound right.

Eventually, the writhing vocalist’s name—J.D. Fortune—came back to me, but I chose to follow the lead of a fellow concertgoer, who dubbed him simply “Not-Michael Hutchence.”

Everybody wanted to know whether Not-Michael’s voice could carry all the old favorites. To everyone’s delight, it did. Very well, in fact. This amazing singer belted out not only half a dozen well-known tunes from 1987’s smash album Kick and three from the follow-up, 1990’s X, but also half of the new album Switch, including songs like the new rocker “Devil’s Party” and the current ballad “Afterglow.”

The band also tackled older favorites like “Original Sin” and “What You Need,” which the players seemed to enjoy more than the newer material. Throughout, fans cheered for Not-Michael Hutchence’s interpretation of his predecessor’s well-known vocal stylings as well as for his crisp delivery on the tracks from Switch.

Sadly, that great voice is forced to share the most-memorable-aspect-of-the-show award with something far more troubling: Not-Michael Hutchence’s squirming and extended feigned microphone-stand rape, which did nothing to excite the ladies in the crowd while doing much to nauseate the men.

During the band’s extended instrumental section of “Taste It,” one could see parents turning their children away from stage’s disturbing one-man lizard-like re-creation of Caligula. Even the other band members seemed uncomfortable with the display.

Surely he was trying to match Hutchence’s raw animal essence, going for the lithe, nimble, and sexy look. But it came out more as contrived and desperate, like an oversized gecko who just drank a smoothie of blended Mick Jagger, Axl Rose, and Lucas from Empire Records.

The word on the tip of everyone’s tongue: awkward.

It was a shame to leave an otherwise excellent concert with the image of Not-Michael Hutchence trying so hard to look “cool,” but only distracting the audience from his own stunning vocal performance.

One line summed it all up. During “Hot Girls,” from Switch, he sang, “I got nothing to prove/Ain’t got nothing to lose.”

With a voice like yours, Not-Michael Hutchence, you’re exactly right … you should have nothing to prove. But quit those stage antics, or you’ll find you DO have something to lose.

Your new job.

108 Comments:

At May 03, 2006 9:34 PM, Blogger kim replied to my musings ...

Aw man, you got to see INXS!!

 
At May 03, 2006 9:55 PM, Blogger angel, jr. replied to my musings ...

Yeah, I don't think sex with a microphone stand is very provoking. And if you have to act sexy to get people to think you are sexy, then you have no animal magnetism to begin with.

 
At May 03, 2006 10:23 PM, Blogger Anita replied to my musings ...

"one-man lizard-like re-creation of Caligula"

L-O-effing-L. =)

 
At May 04, 2006 12:58 AM, Blogger Bar Bar A replied to my musings ...

Hey David, I posted about Michael the other day, to me the current band that calls themselves INXS is not the real ting:
http://laylarambleson.blogspot.com/2006/04/michael-hutchence-in-news-is-it-true.html

 
At May 04, 2006 1:06 AM, Blogger ChickyBabe replied to my musings ...

JD is cool and sexy, but he could never be Michael Hutchence. I wish they'd renamed the band something else. It's just not the same without him.

Good review, David! :)

 
At May 04, 2006 8:01 AM, Blogger Curare_Z replied to my musings ...

You forgot to mention that Not Michael Hutchence kept pulling up his shirt to show the ladies his abs. But we were all so distracted by the gyrating that we couldn't even cheer....

Oh -- and the stair humping. That was so...not hot. :-)

Still had fun though!

 
At May 04, 2006 8:33 AM, Blogger Stacy The Peanut Queen replied to my musings ...

You know, I never got why rock stars feel the need to hump inantimate objects when they have so many groupies waiting in the wings.

Thanks for the tip...;)

 
At May 04, 2006 8:34 AM, Blogger Stacy The Peanut Queen replied to my musings ...

I meant inanimate, dammit.

Whatever....;)

 
At May 04, 2006 9:17 AM, Blogger Metal Mark replied to my musings ...

I appreciate any post that uses "Empire records" as a reference. A very overlooked film at times.

 
At May 04, 2006 10:26 AM, Blogger Perplexio replied to my musings ...

Excellent review! Just curious, did the Lovehammers open for INXS for that show? If so were they any good?

I remember reading that even though he was the runner-up, Marty Casey, was much more a winner in that he didn't have to live in anyone's shadow and his once only locally popular, Lovehammers, were going to get not just national, but WORLDWIDE exposure.

Which reminds me I need to, at some point, review the Lovehammers CD.

 
At May 04, 2006 10:52 AM, Blogger The Phoenix replied to my musings ...

I like INXS' two singles. Afterglow is a great song, and the new lead singer does have a very distinctive voice.

However, maybe he's got some sort of sick fixation with A/V equipment. Maybe VH1 can do some digging and see if they can find footage of him humping a VCR from grade school.

 
At May 04, 2006 11:02 AM, Blogger Curare_Z replied to my musings ...

Perplexio: Amulet, I and our respective significant others went to see the show. We didn't see the opening act, but the little we heard was terrible. I don't believe it was the Lovehammers, though, because they had "dirty Blonde" or something "Blonde" on the screen behind them as they were performing.

 
At May 04, 2006 11:57 AM, Blogger Perplexio replied to my musings ...

Yeah it doesn't sound as though it was the Lovehammers, because the response I've heard about them is that they've been playing pretty well live.

 
At May 04, 2006 12:48 PM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

Not-Michael Hutchence does sound remarkably like his not-namesake, but I don't recall anything about the opening act except the drinks I was consuming in the outer halls of the venue while avoiding going inside to see them.

Anita and CB: Thanks for the boost. I haven't done many concert reviews, so I'm glad you liked it.

And Metal Mark: I must give credit to Curare's husband -- the oft-mentioned Antidote on her blog -- for the Empire Records reference. He provided me much fodder for this review with his keen insight and alcohol-infused wisdom.

-- david

 
At May 04, 2006 3:05 PM, Blogger :P fuzzbox replied to my musings ...

Glad you enjoyed the show. I thought that J.D. was the worst singer on the show but kissed the bands ass the most.

 
At May 04, 2006 4:00 PM, Blogger Blonde Vigilante replied to my musings ...

It could have been worse...he could have been humping your leg.

 
At May 04, 2006 4:08 PM, Anonymous MuzzikLvr replied to my musings ...

I saw the mic stand sex from 1st row in January...and looooooovvvveeeed it! Keep it up JD. And by keep it up I mean...

 
At May 04, 2006 4:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

I saw this concert too. You're right, they sounded fantastic. Their new material fit in really well with the classic hits, and I liked the way they updated the arrangements of the classics. The old songs had new life to them. So did the old rockers, for that matter. They had huge smiles on their faces all night, and lots of energy on stage. Great concert all round.

Sounds like you had a real issue with the microphone stand humping. I didn't. I found it an amusing interpretation of Taste It. One of the great things about INXS has always been, they don't take themselves too seriously. I'm glad to see them having some fun, and letting the new singer try his own thing.

BTW, the opening act in DC was Dirtie Blonde. They were a similar calibre to the Lovehammers. Both are excellent bar bands with regional followings, not quite ready for the big time, but lots of potential.

 
At May 04, 2006 4:27 PM, Blogger Zen Wizard replied to my musings ...

I guess I am impressed that the actual sound coming out of him was adequate while he was able to execute those gymnastics.

Modernly, we place way too much importance on the body movements of the singer.

I remember watching the Superbowl that Shania Twain performed in and thinking, "No one can possibly move around like that and not be out of breath."

Later, I found out I was correct, as part of her performance was just a recording played back.

 
At May 04, 2006 4:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

If women were turned off, they must not have been breathing to begin with! I thought it was the hottest thing I'd ever seen! I liked his voice AND his sexy performance. Why would people take kids to a rock concert anyway. I don't care if people want to bring their little ones, but I do care if they expect a Sesame Street perfomance just to please them! The Dirtie Blonde band waas just OK, but I thought they were actually better than the runner-up guys band I saw at an earlier concert. He was like a bad Cobain impersonator. His drummer was good though! Anyway, the concert rocked. Hey, rock and roll is all about sex, and I for one am glad!

 
At May 04, 2006 4:44 PM, Blogger Perplexio replied to my musings ...

Yeah Rock & Roll is about sex... but not sex with inanimate objects like... microphone stands. Maybe JD is down with it, but I'll be avoiding coitus mirophonous.

 
At May 04, 2006 5:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

Every woman I have heard from loved this performance! Maybe their husbands felt a little intimidated and like they could'nt measure up. Ha! All the great rockers were a little shocking. I love it! Rock has become too boring for my taste. I've got to see this performance!

 
At May 04, 2006 5:03 PM, Anonymous saltlick replied to my musings ...

Hutchence was a very dirty boy himself. The things he did on stage were unbelievable. And that was in the tamer 80s/90s. If he performed today, he'd make Mr JD Fortune's antics look tame.

 
At May 04, 2006 5:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

I agree with whoever said don't take your kids if you can't handle the heat! I'm sick of the nuetering of entertainment because people won't pay for a darn babysitter! Leave the kids at home!

 
At May 04, 2006 5:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

Real men accept that performances like JD Fortune's are for the women in the audience. We love it, and husbands like mine accept it. INXS has never censored their performances, and I never want them to.

 
At May 04, 2006 5:20 PM, Anonymous Hot Girl with Peaches replied to my musings ...

You're right JD Fortune does sound great. INXS is back with a vegenence. And I'm thrilled.
As for the mic stand sex. Bring it on! JD has no problems displaying his sexual passionate side while singing.

Now had you gone to the concert with me, you might have a better appreciation of his gyrations, once you experiencee the after concert benefits.

 
At May 04, 2006 5:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

WORD on the babysitter comments. I myself find screaming kids at a rock concert more offensive than anything happening on the stage! The kids can go to Chuckie Cheese.

 
At May 04, 2006 5:21 PM, Blogger jay lassiter replied to my musings ...

wehre was the concert?

 
At May 04, 2006 5:25 PM, Blogger shearer92 replied to my musings ...

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At May 04, 2006 5:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

For one, you are right, He's not Michael Hutchence. He's Jason Fortune, lead singer for INXS. Get used to it or don't go back. Your completely wrong about the women not liking Taste It. I have seen them in concert 4 times and the women go crazy for it every time! If parents are having to turn their childrens heads, well, that is their own fault. IT IS A ROCK CONCERT NOT SESAME STREET! Keep the kiddies at home!

And by the way, your qoute was not from "Hungry" it was from Hot Girls, another hot, writhing, sexy song.

 
At May 04, 2006 5:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

This hits home for me because someone brought their kid to the Gwen Stefani concert I went to, and the kid cried all night. Now that pisses me off!

 
At May 04, 2006 5:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

I'm going to see INXS in June and I want the mic sex! If you want to know how to please a woman guys, take notes!And if I hear any crying kids I'm going to be mad!

 
At May 04, 2006 5:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

I saw them in Vegas and it was great! Sadly, I wasn't close enough to the stage to see what you're talking about, but I wish I had.Don't be jealous boys! I'm seeing them again in Cleveland with Scott Stapp. Scott has got to be better than that screaming Marty guy.

 
At May 04, 2006 5:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

You must not know anything about Michael Hutchence if you are'nt familiar with some of the things he did on stage! The new guy is tame compared to that!

 
At May 04, 2006 5:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

Just check out their record and concert sales if you think the "lady's" and other people do not like Taste it! Sold out venues do not lie! All I can agree with, (with all you've said) is yes, this Maritimer can sing!

 
At May 04, 2006 5:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

You really hit a chord with this kids at concerts thing. When did this horrible trend begin of taking children to rock concerts? This could really mean the end of rock and roll. I'm begging you, Hire a freakin babysitter!

 
At May 04, 2006 5:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

I agree with the previous comments about taking the munchkins to rock concerts!Leave them at home!And someone said the singer showed his belly! Good! I don't hear you guys complaining when the women are half dressed! But a guy shows some skin and you're all a bunch of prudes!

 
At May 04, 2006 6:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

Are you serious? People are taking kids to rock concerts now? I must be really out of the loop! Well, if it's true, it stinks!There are plenty of eevents to take kids to. Why should rock performances be toned down to please people who don't have better sense than to leave the kids at home.

 
At May 04, 2006 6:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

IT's fine with me if the chicks get turned on by the performance. Maybe I'll get lucky after the concert! Oh and add me to the list of people who thinks the folks that take their kids get what they deserve.

 
At May 04, 2006 6:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

You know I've seen INXS in concert three times now. I've never had a problem with the mic-stand prop. The music speaks for itself and frankly there are far more graphic things in PG-13 movies. I liked Michael, but find JD incredible. As an artist and performer, I say congrats on a job well done JD. Keep the mic-sex in. And can't wait to hear the next CD

 
At May 04, 2006 6:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

READ MY LIPS! LEAVE YOUR KIDS AT HOME! I can't believe people don't have better sense than to bring kids to a rock concert.You can't go anywhere anymore without hearing crying kids!Plus it can damage their ears. I mean permanent damage!

 
At May 04, 2006 6:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

People are talking about sex and rock and roll in the same sentence again. I'm glad to hear it.

 
At May 04, 2006 6:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

To the guy who said he might get lucky after the concert-I like your attitude. I bet you do get lucky!

 
At May 04, 2006 6:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

Please jd doesnt have to do anything but stand still to exude
sex appeal. You must need glasses if you think the women in the
audience dont enjoy the show. Jd
is not a Michael clone. he doesnt have to be. Jd is the sexiest man
on the planet and he can keep on doing that show for all his female fans as far as im concerned.

 
At May 04, 2006 6:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

I usually don't respond to blogs but this concept of children at concerts has caught my attention. Like an earlier poster I didn't even know this was going on. What in the world are people thinking? Between the noise on delicate ears, the usual waft of pot smoke, and rock and rolls sexual overtones, I can't understand why these parents are so dumb. I don't feel sorry for them. I feel sorry for their kids!

 
At May 04, 2006 6:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

The same men who want to see women naked all the time are the first ones to whine about a sexy guy! Grow up!

 
At May 04, 2006 6:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

Sex is back in rock and roll? That's the best news I,ve heard in years!Rock on JD!!

 
At May 04, 2006 6:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

To quote an earlier poster: Hire a freakin' babysitter!

 
At May 04, 2006 7:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

I was'nt going to go see INXS< but after your description of the hot new guy, I'm going to get a ticket for the Milwaukee show. It sounds good to me!

 
At May 04, 2006 7:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

Just popping in to agree with the anti-kids at concerts movement. What dope ever thought that was a good idea!

 
At May 04, 2006 7:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

I have to disagree with all you ladies who think JD's onstage antics are sexy. After listening to Switch and seeing his hot videos, I was so excited to see him live. I can't even begin to describe how unsexy he was in person. He acted like a complete spazz. Instead of smoldering and sexy, we got frantic and laughable. The only women who would find that kind of desperate performace attractive are probably still reading Teen Beat magazines. Instead of seeing him in person, I suggest putting his videos on repeat instead.

 
At May 04, 2006 7:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

Man, I think he's the sexiest guy I've ever seen. I got tickets for three more concerts, and there's no need to insult people who see it differently than you. To each his own. I think he's hot!!!! By the way, I'm not a teenager!

 
At May 04, 2006 7:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

Somebody tell me it isn't so! People are not taking kids to rock concerts are they? Good God! Don't people have any sense? I do not want rock music being DESTROYED by prudes who are too cheap to hire a babysitter!

 
At May 04, 2006 7:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

Do some of you even know the things Hutchence did on stage? The new show is a kiddee show compared to what he did.

 
At May 04, 2006 7:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

You guys must be lying! Nobody could be dumb enough to take kids to a rock show! Somebody call Child Services!

 
At May 04, 2006 7:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

INXS has always been about sex! I love it! I loved Michael's sexuality, and I love JD's! And yes, get your kids a babysitter, cheapskates!

 
At May 04, 2006 8:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

You're right about Hutchence and what he did on stage. Have you seen the clip of what he did to that groupie during a performance? I can't even say it on this blog! If you can't handle someone touching a mic, there's no way you could have handled the overt sex Hutchence did.

 
At May 04, 2006 8:04 PM, Blogger Peace and Love replied to my musings ...

INXS fan from way, way back (some 20 years plus)...

The first mistake is trying to draw a comparison between Hutchence and Fortune. They were/are both fabulous at what they do.

The second mistake? A true INXS fan would know that JD Fortune and his stage writhings pale in comparison to Michael. He was pure sex, all the damn time. Grab the new biography and read about what he did on stage in Phoenix back in the 80's. I was there for that concert. It rocked! It was loud, trashy and fun!

All I know is I have seen INXS 4 times this year alone. They are blowing the roof off every concert venue and look like they are having a damn good time doing it.

Rock concerts are supposed to be hedonistic and sexual. JD is amazing, talented, charismatic and sexy as hell. Thank God INXS found him and can play music again.

Leave the kiddos at home folks. And dudes, if you can't take the heat, go grab a beer during Taste It.

 
At May 04, 2006 8:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

I'm willing to pay for babysitters for these fools who take their kids to concerts. I'd better take that back, because apparently there are more so called parents than I knew about who have no sense!

 
At May 04, 2006 8:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

I don't care if people take their kids to rock concerts, but I strongly object to them expecting the content to be sanitized on their behalf!

 
At May 04, 2006 8:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

I am absolutely thrilled if sexual content is back in rock! We've had to suffer with the cheesy boy band pablum for way too long Rock on INXS. This has got me interested in going to one of their shows.

 
At May 04, 2006 8:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

Guys, take notes during the performance! My hubby did, and I'm one happy woman!

 
At May 04, 2006 8:23 PM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

Hmmm ... too bad NOBODY cares to weigh in on this topic ...

Some people (especially those named "anonymous") seem to be reading some things into my review that aren't there. So let me clarify:

(1) I have NOTHING against sexy stage antics. You're totally missing the point.

I've seen everything from the live gyrations of Michael Hutchence to Jim Morrison's strutting, and I appreciate the natural moves and grooves of a sexy musician as much as a straight man can. What I saw simply wasn't sexy--it was a man trying hard to look sexy, and failing. Turning your back to the crowd, putting the mike stand on the ground, and rubbing it between your crotch and anus for 30 seconds just isn't sexy. (Well, Michael Hutchence probably COULD pull even that off, and maybe Sting could have in a younger day ... but J.D. Hunan Garden came off as a poser.)

In other words, grinding your hips and acting sexual CAN be hot, but this particular attempt just wasn't. At least for the 15 or so women in the section around me, who were laughing more than lusting.

(2) I agree with the comment above that J.D. Mandarin Tasty "doesn't have to do anything but stand still to exude sex appeal." EXACTLY. He would have been much more appealing to the women I was with if he would have let his natural sex appeal shine through rather than force it and look clumsy.

(3) Thanks for the correction on "Hot Girls."

(4) I agree with the kids-at-concerts consensus. If parents think the show might have something they don't want their little ones to see, don't bring 'em! I saw nothing that offended me (or that I would have turned any kids I know away from), but maybe that's because it's damn hard to offend me. There's a difference between being offended and being amused. I was the latter.

It was a great show, and I defend J.D. Beijing Palace's voice against all comers. He has one of the best live voices I have ever heard ... and I've heard a lot.

And the concert would have been even greater if he would have tried less to be like Michael Hutchence and more like himself.

-- david

 
At May 04, 2006 8:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

was searching for jd pictures and found this. i saw him in a show that had the same humping around as this show mustve. i like watching the humping on stage, a lot, but it just was not sexy, sorry. this singer is very good and he's hot, oh yeah, but he was clunky and stuff. he should have been like natural or something cuz it seemed overdone to me. i wish i just could have watched him stand there and get me hot nd not try to be all that when he didnt even need to do anything but sway his hips back and forth to be hot to me.

 
At May 04, 2006 8:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

I have no opinion on the performance as i have'nt seen it, but I'm more interested in the reaction to the kids at concerts idea. No matter what happens on stage, I don't want a few people who insist on taking their kids dictating what happens on stage. Take your kids if you must, but don't cry offended if you don't like what you see. There seems to be a new trend that people think they have to take their kids EVERYWHERE! Fine, but don't expect the rest of us to cater to your sensibilities!

 
At May 04, 2006 9:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

David, I've read your blog many times but it's the first time I've felt the need to make a response. You've opened a can of worms with the kids at concerts topic. I've had many conversations with friends on this very subject. I know you are'nt complaing about sexual content at an event where people seem to insist on bringing their kids, but some folks are. I for the life of me can't understand parents covering their kids eyes at ROCK CONCERT. As others have said, if you are concerned, HIRE A BABYSITTER!

 
At May 04, 2006 9:16 PM, Anonymous macsach replied to my musings ...

Well, I can say the mic sex did well for my husband and myself. That said, we had a blast seeing INXS in concert and enjoyed seeing the boys perform again.

 
At May 04, 2006 9:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

You may have thought the women were laughing David, but it was probably a laugh that said, " I wish my husband would do that to me!"Sorry, I can't agree with you on this one!

 
At May 04, 2006 9:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

I think Angelina Jolie tries too hard too, but I don't hear you guys complaining! Oh, please don't take our stage sex away!

 
At May 04, 2006 9:20 PM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

I guess I really HAVE opened a can of worms with the kids question. And it's ironic that there's this much "debate" on it when we all seem to agree. Just don't bring 'em!

-- david

 
At May 04, 2006 9:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

Hey suckas, leave your damn kids at home!

 
At May 04, 2006 9:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

Sex in a rock & roll show, how shocking! Finally, finally something for the ladies who like their Rock Men sexy! Mick Jagger has done nothing for me for years now and boy bands are, well boys. Take notes and make a woman happy.

 
At May 04, 2006 9:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

I actually don't mind people bringing their kids to a concert unless they expect the content to reflect a childrens program That's where i draw the line.

 
At May 04, 2006 9:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

Well, I do mind people bringing their kids! They have a short attention span and are a distraction to other concertgoers.When did this stupid trend start anyway

 
At May 04, 2006 10:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

Hey, I know some girls who really liked the show. I had a date with one last night. I ain't complainin

 
At May 04, 2006 10:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

I have seen pictures of a 4 year old and a 7 year old that were taken to a Marilyn Manson concert. Don't whine to me later when the kids need a shrink.

 
At May 04, 2006 10:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

What's sexy is very subjective. Just because you may not have found it sexy does'nt mean others don't. My feeling is artists should be free to express themselves however they choose. The day we start taking polls to determine stage performances will be a sad day indeed.

 
At May 04, 2006 10:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

I'm literally fuming over people taking their kids, then hiding content from them. Idiots!

 
At May 04, 2006 11:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

I completely disagree with your statement that JD's "squirming and extended feigned microphone-stand rape...did nothing to excite the ladies in the crowd".

Quite the contrary in fact... JDs "encounter" with the mic stand completely turned me on... From talking to many female friends who were also at the concert, I can tell you that I am not alone. In fact, many of us have commented how much better our sex lives would be if only our husbands and boyfriends would pay attention and learn a few things from JD.

If the men were nauseated, it must have been because they suddenly realized how much they still have to learn about what a woman really wants.

 
At May 04, 2006 11:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

Have you ever seen the video for Taste it? If you haven't, I highly reccomend you check it out. JD's "moves" with the mic stand were quite in sync with the heart and soul of the song.

 
At May 04, 2006 11:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

I'm just delighted with anything new in a rock performance. No one takes risks anymore. It' always the same old crap!If he has a great voice like you said, I'd like to see something new at a concert. You accidentally talked me into buying a ticket.

 
At May 04, 2006 11:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

I'm just delighted with anything new in a rock performance. No one takes risks anymore. It' always the same old crap!If he has a great voice like you said, I'd like to see something new at a concert. You accidentally talked me into buying a ticket.

 
At May 04, 2006 11:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

I don't care if it's Eva Longoria naked on stage. I would forsake going and livin my dream, so to speak, if I knew there would be whiny kids there.

 
At May 04, 2006 11:48 PM, Blogger Godwhacker replied to my musings ...

Hey anonymous,
I have some links for you:

http://www.mentalhealth.com/dis/p20-an05.html
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/HealthInformation/ocdmenu.cfm
http://psychcentral.com/ocdquiz.htm
http://mentalhelp.net/poc/center_index.php?id=6

I sincerely hope you feel better.

 
At May 05, 2006 12:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

Young children at a rock show is something I will never agree with. I've been to a few INXS shows on this tour, and at one of the INXS shows I attended, there was a three year old in the third row! Not only did the kid see things he shouldn't have, but the people sitting around him were far more resverved than at any of the other shows. Perhaps the women didn't feel comfortable putting on their sexy dance moves with a three year old that close (I know I didn't), or maybe they were just afraid they would hurt him when they started pogoing. Either way, having this kid there very much affected the experience of the other concert goers. These people had spent a LOT of money buying their tickets, and having this kid there just wasn't fair!

 
At May 05, 2006 12:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

I totally agree with you David! JD has an amazing voice! Good pick INXS!

 
At May 05, 2006 12:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

My 4 year old daughter loves Switch - in particular Pretty Vegas and Afterglow, but would I ever take her to an INXS show? No way! Maybe when she is 12 or 13, but definately not at 4 years old.

 
At May 05, 2006 12:54 AM, Anonymous ca11iope replied to my musings ...

Yes, take a look at the original Taste It video! It's really something. Considered too hot for MTV, back then.
http://www.allmusicvideocodes.com/i/INXS/2834-Taste-It/index.html

Uh Godwhacker, I take it you think all the "Anonymous" comments are by the same person? I doubt it. But thanks for the links :)

 
At May 05, 2006 1:10 AM, Anonymous Kate replied to my musings ...

Hey there, I enjoyed your honest blog and am glad you like JD Fortune's voice as much as I do.

I just want to say that since you say you're a straight man, the truth is you can't really appreciate how drenching wet JD is making our panties when he licks and rubs the sweet spot of the mic stand like that. Holy @#$%... I've never been so turned on at a rock concert EVER.

If you heard laughter from the women, it was nervous (or embarrassed, depending who they're with), blushing laughter.

 
At May 05, 2006 1:10 AM, Anonymous Stephanie replied to my musings ...

JD is Hot Hot Hot!

 
At May 05, 2006 1:12 AM, Anonymous Wildflower replied to my musings ...

ca11iope - that is an amazing video! I have blushed every time I have seen it. Whew!

 
At May 05, 2006 1:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

I am not a teenager. I have a grown daughter. JD is an amazing talent - vocally, and in his sexuality. I must confess, I can't tell you how other women reacted to "Taste It" - but this woman stood there absorbing every second, and loving it! I've never seen such a hot performance! The reason I don't know how other women reacted during the performance was because I couldn't - absolutely COULDN'T take my eyes off him!

But I did talk to women around me after the performance -- and we all agreed it was the best thing EVAH!!!! I'm a widow -- but I know my husband would have loved seeing this -- he always believed in a continuing education. I think some of you men who have been talking on this blog should re-open the study books! Go to see INXS until you pass!

 
At May 05, 2006 2:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

I enjoyed your review very much David, but I have to take issue with a couple of points. First, I'm sure the entire band rehearses and knows what the performance is going to be, so they must approve it. Tim Farris is hardly the type to keep his opinions to himself.Also, just because the women you hang out with may not have admitted to you how much they liked it,believe me most of us loved it!

 
At May 05, 2006 6:14 AM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

Thanks, GW.

I'm glad the small but persistennt "J.D. Golden Dragon Is Sooo Sexy" Web force found this blog. I think we all agree that it would be better to see more folks "rediscover" INXS, and give the new guy a chance. I'd love to have more fans discover that this is a great sound, not just some reality TV show gimmick.

Based on the half-empty venue at the show I went to, we'd be better off drawing people to INXS for his great voice than his stage presence. This blog-swamping raises expectations about his stage antics that will only be met for a small (but vocal) subset of potential converts, whereas high expectations for his voice -- and for the newly fronted band's solid play live -- will not only be met but exceeded because he's that good of a singer.

Nuff said.

-- david

 
At May 05, 2006 7:38 AM, Anonymous Rhonda replied to my musings ...

Here here! He IS that good of a singer!

 
At May 05, 2006 9:20 AM, Anonymous Melanie replied to my musings ...

I've enjoyed reading your take on the INXS concert. I'm planning on going to one of their concerts and the whole mic stand thing kinda seems weird. Maybe I'll change my mind once I see it. And since he will have more concert experience under his belt maybe some of the moves during the performance won't be as cringe worthy. I'm willing to give this guy a chance to grow into this whole new thing

Anyway, glad to hear that his singing voice is up to par :)

 
At May 05, 2006 9:43 AM, Blogger Godwhacker replied to my musings ...

Hey Anonymous(s'),
Because you use the name(s) "Anonymous" I don't know who you (all) are. When I post on a blog, I try to make a point that hasn't already been made. OK ~ so you think J.D. is the best thing since the invention of sex and chocolate... we got it. I thought Davids review was more then fair. As a gay man, I'm at least as open to male sexuality as any of you women. Still, I concur with David ~ J.D. shouldn't try so hard. When it comes to sexual innuendo, less is more. I'm glad INXS has a new singer and I hope to see the show when it heads my way.

 
At May 05, 2006 10:40 AM, Anonymous Tina replied to my musings ...

My Goodness, hasn't this blog attracted some one eyed monsters!!?? INXS have a unique sound and for many of their fans - who have been around for the 25yrs they have been performing, they represent lots more than just the Hutch versus JD argument. I like your review David, as an Australian it's interesting to hear non Aussie comments. JD is not an Aussie but he was the best fit for the band, we watched the show. He does sound like Michael and if you close your eyes sometimes you could swear the Hutch was singing, it just feels so right to hear JD sing the back catalogue. To watch JD is a different story. He's still young, some of the things he does are not 'cool' in rocker terms, but he has a quirky kind of sex appeal that will settle into what he makes his trade mark. What appears to be an over compensating performance is probably better interpreted as a passionate attempt to give 1000% to some fans that are expecting a Hutchence or better. I remember the first time I saw INXS - they looked like DORKS they all had jumpsuits on - bright orange or something - Michael was the worst of them and I remember our group suggesting that if he didn't sound so great he'd need to go. We thought Kirk was weird too!
Overall it's hard not to compare JD to Michael and it would be so hard for him not to try too hard. Something to do with big shoes to fill perhaps?
In any event - he is brand new and he works hard, JD is never going to be Michael and I don't think he wants to be but in my humble Australian opinion, he loves INXS and he wants to contribute to a 25yr legacy by stamping it with his own style. I think that style is evolving and I support INXS in their choice, INXS ROCK - FOREVER.

 
At May 05, 2006 1:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

I'm a straight guy and yet I think I came in my pants after watching the mic sex. Too hot to handle!

 
At May 05, 2006 3:17 PM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

Wow, you'd almost think that scores upon scores of people were anonymously posting here. I guess the rather few folks who actually ARE posting haven't figured out that tracking software allows one to see how many unique commenters there are ... and how many comments come from the same location ...

It seems odd to me that any small group would devote this much effort to posting so many comments on a site that has PRAISED the new singer (at least his voice). How much time and attention do you folks apply to the people out there who have really criticized him?!?

-- david

 
At May 05, 2006 3:21 PM, Anonymous bucksfan2 replied to my musings ...

David, thanks for reviewing it. I was there and I had a blast. So cool to find people talking about it. Interesting all the perspectives.

I like what Tina said. I'm a new INXS fan so I can't compare to the past. But they sounded great, a great live act. I even liked them better live than the albums. So I thnk the show was a big success! I'm sure they'll even get better, JD has only been with them a few months. So I can't wait to see them in a couple years. I'm buying old albums to know their music better for next time!

 
At May 05, 2006 3:28 PM, Anonymous bucksfan2 replied to my musings ...

David I just saw what you said. I'm sorry I didn't know that was a no no. My 2 sisters already commented here and sent it to me so I did too. Can they change their Anonymous to a real name?

 
At May 06, 2006 8:57 AM, Blogger FredCQ replied to my musings ...

Well, instead of taking a chance they chose a Michael Hutchence doppleganger. I wouldn't have lasted half as long as you did.

The rumor is that Van Halen will be up next on Rock Star...

 
At May 06, 2006 3:51 PM, Blogger Elisa replied to my musings ...

Well, since the commentary seems to have slowed down, I guess I will say my piece...

First I want to thank you for this blog in particular, I found it both amusing and throughful. I really enjoy other viewpoints, and interesting ways of communicating them!

Now, I have to confess, I am likely the one to 'blame' for putting this out there to the fan community , etc. But I feel it is a good thing for folks to see varied opinions, etc. I hope you don't mind overmuch.

One of the interesting side commentaries that came of this blog, and following comments/discussion is whether children should accompany us to rock concerts. I personally do not have issue with this. I do however, not like the idea of content being skewed or censored because of this. This is rock and roll, and all that comes with it. Sex Drugs and Rock & Roll, is not just a cliche...just sayin'!

As for the more outrageous moments in said concert...If you see my blog, you can tell I am a rather obvious fan. However, on first viewing, I, myself, was less than impressed with the outrageous choreography...it seemed a bit silly to me! I have since changed my mind, but that is a story for another time. Regardless, I did not think it detrimentally impacted the overall show, or in anyway detracted from the obvious quality of the band or lead singer...btw, I especially love your references to JD 'favorite chinese restaurants....' etc...laughed my ass off!

Overall, being a fan of INXS, classic, current, and music in general, this blog jumped out at me as one I found thought provoking and fun, so thanks again for that.

For those commmenting on the usage of 'anonymous' by commentors...well all of us bloggers have the control to allow/not allow postings by members, anonymous or otherwise. This blog allows all, so, it is what it is...I think some non bloggers simply did not know they could click 'other' and enter their name that way. I do not think all those commments are by one person...I could be wrong, but whatever...

Oh, and the next Rock Star series, will be follow a 'super group' concept. It will be comprised of: Drummer Tommy Lee (Motley Crue), along with guitarists Jason Newsted (Metallica) and Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses). The show will feature them forming a new band called Supernova , searching for a lead singer.

Anyway, I look forward to reading more of you blogs. Thanks for writting such good stuff.

 
At May 06, 2006 5:11 PM, Blogger An80sNut replied to my musings ...

I was a huge fan and went through some depression after Michael's death. I was pretty fearful of where things would go from that moment on but the album Switch did make me feel better. Yes, I think the overly sexing-up of the live show is a shame but I think it will lessen as JD becomes his own animal. I'm actually tempted to see them live.

 
At May 07, 2006 1:03 AM, Anonymous INXS Fan replied to my musings ...

An80sNut - You really should see them live. I have seen them twice now and at both concerts, the entire place was on their feet dancing the entire time. The energy was contagious, and it was comparable to only one concert I have seen before - INXS with MH in 1996.

I was a huge Michael fan too. I remember where I was when I heard of his death, and I remember being depressed about it for what seemed like months. When I heard about Rockstar INXS, I was convinced that it was a bad idea, that it would ruin my memories of INXS forever, and that it would be horribly disrespectful to Hutch's memory. After a few weeks of thinking that way, I realized that it just wasn't fair for Tim, Andrew, John, Kirk, and Garry to never play their music again just because Hutch was gone. So, I decided to give the show a chance. After the first week, I was covinved that no one could make INXS whole again. I thought most of them were talanted, but I couldn't imagine any of them singing my favorite songs. Marty was too screamy, Mig too Elfin, Neal too Jaggerish, JD too spaztic. Then JD was in the bottom three, probably the BEST thing that could have happened to him that night, because the guys flat out told him that he was too hyper and that he needed to tone it down. The next week, he was a changed man. I still wasn't seeing INXS in his future, or in anyone else's, but at least I didn't cringe when I watched his stage performance. Then, I heard him sing Mystify. That was the defining moment for me. That was when I realized that JD was the ONLY man for the job. It was a wonderful moment for me because I suddenly realized that there was real hope for my all-time favorite band to be together again. When JD won I was crying with him. I was so excited not only to have my fav band back again, but to see JDs dream come true before my eyes.

I've gone on and on about how I became a JD fan, but the bottom line is that it's a HUGE treat to hear these songs performed live again. And JD does every one of them justice. He is an amazing talant, and I highly reccomend you see him, and INXS, live!

 
At May 08, 2006 8:31 AM, Blogger Curare_Z replied to my musings ...

Whew. Seems like I arrived after the heat of the moment passed. Seems to me some people don't get Amulet's review. He LOVED the show...at least the musical aspect of it. It was the stage performance he and many others, including myself, were less enamored with.

For me, the light show rocked...because it distracted from J.D. Hunan Number One's antics.

And re: anonymous comments...I think the issue is that some of us who have a defined "presence" on the blogsphere see people that aren't even willing to share their pseudonyms with us as sort of cowardly. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion people...even Amulet.

 
At June 26, 2006 9:25 AM, Blogger ~ good girl ~ replied to my musings ...

Damn. That was such a good laugh. Oversized gecko and that smoothie!! Lol.

 

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