INXS's new singer shows talent, but he's no Hutchence

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Jeff Logan

Pickerington, OH

#1 Mar 7, 2006
Michael Hutchence wasn't just one of six guys in the band. He WROTE the lyrics to almost all of their songs. Andrew Farriss is the only other band member who even approached Michael Hutchence output.

This uninformed woman is speaking out of complete ignorance.

emmie

Argentina

#2 Apr 15, 2006
f*** the inxs members...i was a great fan of the band, and i'm still between anger, sadness, disappointment...how could the possibly try to replace michael? if they really wanted to keep on playing they should have formed a new band, new songs, new name and new lead singer... but there's no INXS without michael hutchence....i'm definitely never seeing them live again...can't hear J.D trying to imitate...
Sue Liverpool England

UK

#3 Apr 20, 2006
Iím looking forward to the Hutchence biopic - itís about time the man was remembered not just for the media hounding him and demonising him at every turn during his final years but remember his incredible talent as a vocalist and a sensational front man, a great lyricist and a man of the world, growing up in Australia, Hong Kong and the US, personifying edgy, , funky, sultry strut-your-stuff rock XXX Hope his incredible, under-appreciated solo album is re-released on the strength of this. Love the Elegantly Wasted songs too - each song on that album an amazing track, recognition long overdue - there will never be another Hutchence XXXX
Nick Egan

United States

#4 Apr 20, 2006
Sue Liverpool England wrote:
Iím looking forward to the Hutchence biopic - itís about time the man was remembered not just for the media hounding him and demonising him at every turn during his final years but remember his incredible talent as a vocalist and a sensational front man, a great lyricist and a man of the world, growing up in Australia, Hong Kong and the US, personifying edgy,, funky, sultry strut-your-stuff rock XXX Hope his incredible, under-appreciated solo album is re-released on the strength of this. Love the Elegantly Wasted songs too - each song on that album an amazing track, recognition long overdue - there will never be another Hutchence XXXX
Keep supporting the idea of this film. Sadly the band want to re write history. It's an insult to the memory of the last great rock'n'roll star. Who would you like to play Michael?
Nick Egan

United States

#5 Apr 20, 2006
emmie wrote:
f*** the inxs members...i was a great fan of the band, and i'm still between anger, sadness, disappointment...how could the possibly try to replace michael? if they really wanted to keep on playing they should have formed a new band, new songs, new name and new lead singer... but there's no INXS without michael hutchence....i'm definitely never seeing them live again...can't hear J.D trying to imitate...
Don't let mediocrity replace the most charismatic front man since Jim Morrison. The band will only allow a re created version of the real thing. They got left in Michaels dust and can't forget it.
Daniel Wright

Woburn, MA

#6 May 21, 2006
Nick Egan wrote:
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Keep supporting the idea of this film. Sadly the band want to re write history. It's an insult to the memory of the last great rock'n'roll star. Who would you like to play Michael?
As others have expressed Johnny Depp is just a brilliant actor and he knew Michael Hutchence. He will do him justice I am sure. I also can't beleive how much the other members of inxs have let their new lead singer copy Michaels voice style stage style dress style.I think the new singer has great talent but would like to see him create his own persona. He now has everything handed to him unlike the situation with Michael becoming an established lead singer without an experienced band to guide them in every way.
I feel he wants us to feel sorry for him because he lived in his car ( his choice I believe) and said he used drugs also. Does this band care at all about Michaels legacy? The video footage of the ARIA show reveals only "Andrew" thanks Michaels, the others don't even mention him.. I can't get past that they had such an opportunity to pay him some decent tribute. Sorry this is so lengthy it really bothers me and my friends also. Thanks.
Ali uk

UK

#7 May 31, 2006
It appears that Michael taking his own life wasn't enough for some people, they seem to think he took the lives of the rest of the band too. God bless All that was Michael Hutchence but life goes on, times change, the world evolves, Left in Micheals dust HU!Who are you kidding? They were a group before Michael got the microphone shoved into his hand, Yeah he did a great job, and without him I may not have been the inxs fan I have been, But thats what most of us are, INXS FANS! Collective! I'm sure they thought long and hard before making any decisions, then decided as a group.
As a fan of INXS I give the band my blessing and wish them well for the future, JD included!
Beau

Marietta, GA

#8 Jun 7, 2006
I've been a lifelong fan of INXS - since hearing "Don't Change" when it first came out.

And I LIKE the new singer. He's enough of Hutchence to keep the band still in the same flavor, but different enough to not entirely be a clone.

Flame on.
Lesliegirl

Vero Beach, FL

#9 Jun 7, 2006
Nick Egan wrote:
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Keep supporting the idea of this film. Sadly the band want to re write history. It's an insult to the memory of the last great rock'n'roll star. Who would you like to play Michael?
Adrien Grenier from HBO's show Entourage has Michael's look, and he's a musician (don't know if he can sing, though). Johnny Depp has the intensity and sensuality to play Hutch, no doubt. INXS doesn't want people to linger on Michael's memory...JD will never make his own image if constantly being compared. They need to build their nestegg, and they love to play. I love to hear them!(Philly show earlier this year was wonderful). Regardless of how INXS views the making of a biopic, I will be first in line to see the film. I'm sure it will disappoint in the end; however, since they can never answer the burning question.
Patricia Barriga de Peru

Lima, Peru

#10 Jun 7, 2006
We need to know more about the film,Mr. Egan,be sure this will be a great success,in this part of the world, Peru, South America there are many thousands of people waiting for watching the film.our Michael,the loved one deserves this and much more.
Patricia Barriga de Peru

Lima, Peru

#11 Jun 7, 2006
Mr. Egan, we need to know more about the film,here in Peru ,South America,there are many thousands and thousands of fans of Michael .and we are waiting to see this film, you may be sure this will be a great success.Michael, our Loved One deserves this and much more. thank you.
Lynn

United States

#12 Jun 20, 2006
Hello.... they are not "Replacing" him. I seen INXS in the heyday..and it was hard when Hutch passed away. No one could be Hutchence and J.D. Fortune is not trying to be. These guys have the utmost respect for him.. So what if you decide not to see them. I for one have. I miss Hutchence but his band is helping his music live on and I for one still want to hear it.
So whatever..I love them they are a great live band. If you don't see them I'm sure we won't miss your presence.
AlbLiz

Albuquerque, NM

#13 Jun 28, 2006
INXS is a great band!!! They were great with Michael - they are great now with JD Fortune. I wish them well and look forward to many more years of new music. I attended a concert last week and the band ROCKS!! JD is JD, and he is not trying to impersonate Michael - he's just a great performer in himself.
Jessica

United States

#14 Jun 28, 2006
That show is full of poser wanabe skanks who need to get into reality, this is crap
Only me

Australia

#15 Jun 30, 2006
How true Jessica
terry

Washington, DC

#16 Jul 1, 2006
jd and inxs were great live. jd is a great performer. my wife and the lady next to us thought jd was sexy.
Mia

Golden, CO

#17 Jul 10, 2006
AlbLiz wrote:
INXS is a great band!!! They were great with Michael - they are great now with JD Fortune. I wish them well and look forward to many more years of new music. I attended a concert last week and the band ROCKS!! JD is JD, and he is not trying to impersonate Michael - he's just a great performer in himself.
I agree!!!
Maxq

Brossard, Canada

#18 Jul 14, 2006
Unlike most INXS fans, my interest in INXS escalated following the death of MH. Since 1997, I have accumulated all of their CDs, including Michael's posthumous album (which is very good). I even own DVDs and books on the band. I consider myself to be a pretty big fan. INXS seem to be a good bunch of guys that have made awesome music over the their career. They have experienced both the highs and lows of fame. Nothing would make me happier than to see the band gain some decent relevance once again. Unfortunately, I thought the May 11th concert in at Montreal' Bell Centre was a step backwards towards this goal, which I owe to the following:
Too many awkward moments with 'Taste It' being the apex. JD humping the microphone for a good five minutes during a musical interlude.
Although he tried, JD never really interacted well with the crowd either during the songs or throughout the dialogue between songs.
The venue was too large as evidenced by the many empty seats. This really hurt the energy level amongst the fans.
The set was too short (17 songs in around 80 minutes). This concert was an opportunity for the band to rebuild and grow its fan base. They should have seized the moment and added a few more energetic numbers (maybe five) from the back catalogue. Suggestions: Elegantly Wasted, Disappear, Bitter Tears, The One Thing, Send A Message, Don't Lose You Head, Strangest Party, Baby Don't Cry, Heaven Sent, Good Times, Listen Like Thieves, This Time, and The Gift.
They only played six songs from Switch. They should have played all eleven songs.
They should have brought one person from the crowd onstage.
All in all, I think JD's voice was strong and his energy level was very high. If he keeps it up the band should be successful. My only construtive criticism is that he needs to connect better with the audience during the concert. As for the original five members, I think they sounded better than ever but, with the exception of KP, need to spend some time in the gym.
I would enjoy any feedback.
Balkana

Canada

#19 Jul 26, 2006
I agree Maxq. I was also there and JD got badly on my nerves with his Canadian pride and no class sex obsession. I saw INXS live six times and on videos hundreds of times, so it was the first time I saw the band without Hutchence and it was very sad. I had tears in my eyes during obvious "Michael" songs like Need You Tonight and Never Tear Us Apart. But the band seemed very happy, so that is important too.
I hope the movie will be good.
HutchGilly

Australia

#20 Aug 1, 2006
I'm sick of people putting nasty comments out there about JD Fortune. I can tell you all now, that i am absolutely, PATHETICALLY obsessed with Michael Hutchence. Every time i see a picture of him i scream! and every time i listen to him in concert, i cry! But JD Fortune isnt trying to be like Michael! He's doing his own thing out there, and i respect him for that. The other members of INXS would be aware that Michael can never be replaced, but they've done as best they could to find someone to fill that void, so they can continue to produce great music and in this, they've been successful. I Love Michael Hutchence, and always will, but because he has passed away, you shouldn't pick on the new guy!!!

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