As we reach the 8th anniversary of the passing of Michael Kelland Hutchence, the question many are asking is, “Will Michael’s boots ever be filled?” The past year has seen a substantial growth in the number of people visiting his Official Website and leaving him a message in the online Guestbook. Up to 10,000 new visitors a day have been regularly logged, which is an indication that Michael is as popular as ever.
Much of the surge in interest undoubtedly must be attributed to the successful RockStar: INXS that rekindled fans adoration for Michael and INXS. As well it has introduced a new and younger audience to Michael’s performances. Apart from RockStar there is a gradual realization around the world of the magnitude of the man and his achievements.
It also has been a year marked by the release of two new books featuring Michael, including the candid and humorous biography of Michael’s brother, Rhett Hutchence, “Total XS”, as well as the band’s first official biography, “Story to Story”. Added to this is the much awaited documentary, “The Loved One” by Steve Graham which takes an honest appraisal of Michael’s life, devoid of the usual controversies that one has regrettably come to expect with the “tabloiding” of his private family life. We cooperated with Steve Graham with the production of “The Loved One”, because we all perceived, Kell included, that they would take an honourable and accurate approach to it. Hence there is some delightful footage of our beloved Kelland Hutchence speaking from his heart about his son, Michael, as well as rare footage from the family archives that Kell trusted to Steve. It was Kell’s desire to see an honest and enduring Michael Hutchence video biography. Sadly due to legal delays with the documentary, Kell never lived to see the final production.
This year we once again honour Michael and are thankful to God for giving him to this world, his life and his talents that have brought so much joy to so many over the years. We also pray for the protection and healthy nurturing of Michael and Paula’s precious daughter, Tiger Lily. Michael would be honoured by your tributes to him today, whether you light some candles, raise a glass as a toast, or play your favourite Michael songs.
So after 8 years, the realization and magnitude of the loss of Michael Hutchence has not diminished and despite the criticism and cynicism of some, it seems no one has filled his shoes, or may we venture to say, no one has even attempted to try. Everyone acknowledges that you cannot replace the irreplaceable. But you can go on with a new entity without dishonouring the legacy Michael left us all. Michael’s shoes will never be filled because there is only one precious and unique Michael Hutchence. Let us remember him with affection, honour him with dignity, and be thankful with a joyous spirit. This is all and everything that we can do on 22nd November, as today is the memorial day for Michael Kelland Hutchence.
On behalf of the Team at www.michaelhutchence.org