Michael’s 8th Memorial Anniversary is fast approaching on the 22nd of this month, so as in previous years, we will be gathering in honour of Michael’s memory for a drink and chat at the Sydney Hard Rock Café on Friday 25th November. For those of you who still haven’t been to the Hard Rock Café, you will be awestruck by the magnitude of the collection of impressive memorabilia which adorns every available space, not to mention the larger than life murals of Michael, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Elvis Presley and Kurt Cobain that are hand-painted on the huge dome ceiling.
Michael Hutchence at Rhino Studios 1992
Richard Simpkin, photographer, will be joining us. Richard, who was huge INXS fan while still in high school was inspired by Michael to start photography as a hobby in 1989, the year he first photographed Michael. It was a friendship that would endure the rest of Michael’s life and during those years Richard gathered a formidable collection of photos he would take of Michael whenever he was in town. Ironically the very last person photographed with Michael was Richard Simpkin taken just a day prior to Michael’s untimely death by Michael’s beloved father, Kell.
Richard’s private collection of photographs of Michael is perhaps the most prolific anywhere in the world. He also has many warm-hearted stories centred around the times he spent with Michael. Richard has also photographed many other celebrities but Michael was Richard’s favourite. Michael was always generous with his time and agreed to Richard doing private photo shoots.
Richard Simpkin has recently launched a book, “Australian Legends”, which he has painstakingly put together with stories and photographs of some of Australia’s greatest legends. So do come and meet Richard and other dedicated fans and celebrate Michael’s amazing life. The Hard Rock Café will be screening some classic INXS song clips during the evening as well as providing some awesome in-house entertainment. There is no cover charge, all are welcome, from wherever you are! Hey why not join us for a meal or at least a drink at the bar. There is always more room for your memories
Date: Friday, 25th November 2005
Time: From 7:00 pm till late
Place: Hard Rock Café, 131 Crown Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney, Australia
Tel: 9331 1116
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Love & Peace
(Mob. 0414 554 122)