Thank you and long live INXS.
From memory “Listen like Thieves” was the current album and “What you Need” the current single was receiving heavy airplay on BBC Radio 1. The concert hall was so disappointingly attended that Michael and the band seemed a little embarrassed. It felt to us like there were around 20 people in attendance and as the night progressed we rocked out to the band who were so tight and sounded amazing the “Crowd” really became one and the atmosphere was just amazing, total strangers all together to make the most of what could have been such a disappointing evening.
Michael started to become at ease with the situation and was really chatty, when my friend and I started requesting songs from “The Swing” to the amusement of our new friends in the “Crowd” he was so happy we had knowledge of them. The night became magical for us all. The band became determined to give us a show and we became determined to be the best audience we could be for them. It must have been so difficult for them but they were totally professional and it became by far the best gig I ever went to.
We set off back to Manchester full of awe and amazement at what we had witnessed and my friend mentioned the band were playing the Manchester Apollo in a couple of days, of course we were all up for that! The gig was the polar opposite of the Sheffield gig, full light show around 3500 fans in attendance it seemed like INXS had made it they were so goddam awesome.
As an aside, the following July 1986 the same bunch of us were queuing at Check-in at Manchester Airport for a Holiday to Corfu when we noticed a young couple looking at us. The girl smiled and eventually came over saying “Hello, do you remember us? We met you at the INXS gig in Sheffield last year” “We got engaged that night and got married yesterday, we are going on our honeymoon”. Needless to say we were delighted to see them again and thrilled at the memories they had made for themselves.
Thank you Michael and the Band for some of the most magical memories that have lasted a lifetime and for the amazing legacy you went on to create after the “Greatest gig you ever did!”
My love and respect to all of you for maintaining this Memorial to a Truly talented and inspirational Human Being. Michael Hutchence, ❤️.
Much love and respect always
I can’t believe it’s been 20 years
My Sincere & Deepest Condolences To The Hutchence Family, Inxs, Friends of Michaels & To The Global Community of Fans of Inxs & especially fans of Michaels.
Such a dark & tragic Loss to loose a wonderful front man of Michaels amazing Calabar. The world literally stood still for a moment in shock to hear of this tragedy. I certainly did & still do.
I met Michael briefly in Canberra Australia (My Home Town) back stage at the Canberra Theatre, when i was about 19 . Michael had walked in through the backstage doors. (I was waiting determined if anything to just say Hello to Michael. As he was visiting my Home town after all) Than his Onterage followed him , but not before i had a chance to bravely & very nervously introduce myself to Michael personally. I was so nervous i cant even remember if we shook hands. But we stood face to face , i could have tickled his chin he stood that close to me, looking directly at me, i was taken by surprise as i also could see do clearly a few pimple scars on his plump cheeks the Cameras always cleverly hide. (Thats why the scars surprised me, hes so photogenic!!) . I said to him quickly ‘Hi Michael Im Maira from Canberra a friend of the headlining band !) quickly than he totled off to follow his entourage, as i walked away with butterflies pinching at both my head & stomache. I watched Beautiful & Slim Helena Christianson walk past me following him.
My Housemate at the time (an x kinda boyfriend) s band at the time was opening the Gig for INXS in Canberra Australia. Id previously spoken to the events manager for Canberra to Book this Band to open with INXS.. The Hammonds!!!
I was to shy to follow the group any further back stage or to ask Michael if hed had Dinner or needed anything etc.. We Live & Learn!!
When i was younger between 14 & 16 i saw INXS play at the Canberra Stadium. I was a highschooler attending a Girls Catholic School in Canberra. Amazingly enough Michael was literally the first MAN in the Universe, on the planet EVER to grab my attention.. Unbelievable stage presence..
Thank you for leaving me with such an awesome lasting impression of you Michael.. if only Rock & Roll hadnt taken you to the edge & you were strong enough to fight those thoughts when feeling moments of tragic dispare.
No Mans Stage presence has ever grabbed my attention like you had ever since. Not even Bono of U2 but hes up there..
I was in Cambridge England, where i am now when i heard of your tragedy. So Sad. Rest in peace Michael Hutchence x
From the second that I discovered INXS, I just couldn't get enough. The music, the videos on MTV, I was in Heaven! I was blessed to be able to see them live, 24 Aug. 1988 in Roanoke, VA. I left the concert with binocular circles around my eyes! Seeing Michael live is one of the BEST days of my life! I still have the tour shirt & I treasure it! We will see you again! 🎶 ❤
What an absolute blessing to be able to hear his words.
Have to say, my all time favourite song is Just Keep Walking