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eighties that they began to break through as a recording act, first in Australia and then globally. Through the rest of the eighties and nineties
they filled stadiums around the world and released a constant stream of classic hit singles and best-selling albums. This INXS concert from
the Loreley Festival in Germany was filmed for the famous German TV series Rockpalast on June 21st 1997, just five months before the
tragic early death of lead singer Michael Hutchence on November 22nd. The DVD captures INXS on top form with a set list packed with
classic songs including all seven US Top-10 singles.
TRACK LISTING: 1) Elegantly Wasted 2) New Sensation 3) Taste It 4) Just A Man 5) Heaven Sent 6) Searching
7) Disappear 8) Never Tear Us Apart 9) Everything 10) Need You Tonight 11) Bitter Tears 12) Girl On Fire 13) Kick
14) Devil Inside 15) What You Need 16) Don t Lose Your Head 17) Mystify 18) Suicide Blonde
Six tracks from the first INXS performance on Rockpalast
at the Markethalle, Hamburg on May 8th 1984:
1) Just Keep Walking
2) The One Thing
3) I Send A Message
4) Original Sin
5) Don t Change
6) Stay Young
Top Customer Reviews
I'm a fan of the group but not a groupie so I can't make tremendous comparisons to different eras of the group etc etc....but I really like what I see on this DVD. The set opens with the title track for their final CD with Michael Hutchence "Elegantly Wasted" so I am assuming its close to the final concert film we will see and the group is rocking really hard. This incarnation features a couple of very easy on the eyes back up vocalists in short INXS T-shirts and the band are in their most flamboyant dress..from facial hair to cowboy hats and sunglasses. The German crowd are supportive and its a very energetic show. The thing I liked about INXS is that they rocked hard but always had great grooves...
The only drawback is the relatively short duration of the concert which is an hour and twenty minutes (but it was a tv concert so I understand). The production values are typically first rate as German and Japanese television usually is. The bonus tracks are from the previously noted 1984 concert but unlike that terrible DVD these 7 tracks which clock in at 24 minutes look broadcast ready! The 1984 set is a fitting bookend to the main show from 1997....and only months before Michael Hutchence passed away.
I recommend this to INXS fans...after you buy the other excellent DVDs I'm Only Looking - The Best of INXSand INXS - Live Baby Live which is their ultimate live show.
This video is a great peek at later day INXS. They played with authority and even if the aren't trying to prove anything I would still call this a very good performance if loose. In fact it is the looseness and rawness that I feel is much more revealing and interesting than a highly produced performance. It's a bit dangerous and Hutch is a bit "out-of-control" in a very Jim Morrison way. Wow, you can actually see it and feel it. This is heady stuff, and I say this knowing a few others have called it sad and pathetic. I do see his taking his life as sad, but not this slow-burning impassioned performance. INXS rocks here. I sense a bit of angst mixed in with the aforementioned "out-of-control" thing. It powers the performance as I see it, though I understand some may be put off - not this viewer, I see through to the self-tortured artist doing what frees him a bit from all the other stuff.Read more ›
INXS its the best!!!
The only flaw of this DVD was the directing and mixing of the sound. They seemed to focus way too much on the 2 back up singers which seemed to get as much screen time as the band themselves and there were constant shots of them. There were also many shots of the cameras and camera crew who seem to be in the way frequently.
The mixing of the sound was pretty bad as well with the backup singers louder than Michael Hutchence on some songs which I found very annoying as they were drowning him out.
On the whole enjoyable to watch this concert by one of the best rock bands and charismatic lead singers of all time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely LOVE this video!!!!!! Michael is in top form!!! Wish it lasted longer, but what is long enough when it comes to watching Michael??!! 😍😍😍😍Published 11 days ago by Sandra Gallus
Massive Michael Hutchence fan and have been fan of INXS for over 30 years. Have seen them in concert a few times. Will continue to love them no matter what. DVD is great. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Shermes
Watched it last night and it was a really good performance back in their hay day. Glad I ordered it.Published 11 months ago by Tom Montoya
Awesome!! Fantastic concert... INXS at their best. Michael hutchence is his incredible charismatic self!!!Published 12 months ago by Meagan Hobbs
The band at its finest.
Michael ever so impressive as a true rock star
If you are an INXS fan you need this dvd for your library. One fantastic performance by the group and Michael.Published 22 months ago by Alan Y