February 23, 2006
INXS, Atlanta Civic Center, 2/22/06
I didn't watch Rock Star: INXS. I haven't heard Switch, the new album. But I went to the show tonight at my sister's invitation.
It was great to see the band again - Kirk Pengilly, Tim Farriss, Jon Farriss, Andrew Farriss, Garry Gary Beers. The new guy, J.D. Fortune, was ok. Together they did a great, energetic show.
But my eyes looked for someone else. My ears kept trying to hear another voice. It hurt to hear "By My Side" and "Never Tear Us Apart" without Michael Hutchence.
My thoughts turn inward. I'm in college. I'm with my friends at the hangar at Lakewood Amphitheater. We're insanely happy, we literally cannot contain ourselves. Our limbs are jittery and every so often one of us just emits a delirious squeal. I remember the feeling of my ribs crushed against the stage barrier. Our voices grow hoarse from our screams. With the rest of the crowd we become a mass of hair and outstretched arms and breathlessness. This frenzy is only heightened in the presence of a magnetic, sinewy, graceful figure. He's a beautiful, dangerous, sexy man. I remember the sweep of his hair. He is so close that at one point my fingers brush his cheek. Our passion for the music, for the sound that can be felt in the breastbone, overwhelms us. The band and the audience, we become something greater as we lose ourselves in the music.
That feeling wasn't there for me tonight.
I wish the guys well. I hope they have a wonderful tour and find new fans.
Life goes on, but sometimes it really hurts to realize that.