Monday, February 13, 2006

INXS = Excellence !


WAYV Presented INXS at Borgata Saturday night. Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that INXS has a new lead singer, JD Fortune...who was the winner of the hit TV show INXS: Rockstar on CBS. The picture you see here is JD with Supermodel, Maxim, Stuff, and GQ covergirl Joanna Krupa - taken at the WAYV meet & greet before the show!

So after seeing the show Saturday night, does JD have what it takes to be the new front man for INXS?

YES!

Of course he will be compared with Michael Hutchence - the original voice of INXS - who has really become something of an icon since his death. Comparing JD to Michael is not only unfair - it's pointless. Michael, God rest his soul, is not coming back - and the other 5 original members of INXS want to move forward as a band. In my view they've made an excellent choice in JD Fortune. The guy can sing - plus he's got all those intangible qualities that a lead singer needs to really be "the guy".

Heather DeLuca, a bunch of contest winners, and I were lucky enough to hang with the band a bit before the show. The guys were all very gracious and seemed genuinely happy to be meeting all of us. Everyone got autographs and pictures with the band. Heather also did an interview with the guys that will be available shortly on demand at www.951wayv.com . Thanks to our friends at Epic Records and Borgata for helping make everything run smoothly.

I got to go up on stage before the show for a quick "welcome" announcement - which is always fun. Before long the show was underway, and I was hard pressed to find anyone actually SITTING in their seats. They were too busy dancing!

Here's a copy of the setlist from the show Saturday night:
1. Suicide Blonde
2. Devils Party
3. Mystify
4. Disappear
5. By My Side
6. Afterglow - (this will be the next single...so listen for it on WAYV!)
7. Taste It
8. Original Sin
9. Hungry
10. Never Let You Go
11. Need You Tonight
12. What You Need
13. Kick
14. Devil Inside
15. Pretty Vegas
Encore
16. New Sensation
17. Never Tear Us Apart
18. Don't Change

2 Comments:

At 4:27 PM , Anonymous The Voice of South Jersey said...

Paul, have you given any thought to playing a concert set list of songs, or as many as the station has available, after a concert, maybe right after or the day after?
I thought back in day there was a radio station that did and my friends and I loved it, it was like being there.
I agree that J.D. brings a freshness to a great band that has been overlooked.

 
At 4:40 PM , Anonymous Paul Kelly said...

We have done that in the past. Problem is - most concerts don't end until very late...meaning there aren't all that many people listening to radio by the time they're over. We've done "concert before the concert" shows on the air before. They're a lot of fun - and we do them at a time when many people can tune in. For example, we did a Sting "concert before the concert" during morning drive the last time he came to AC. We played all his big solo stuff along with all the Police hits. We've also done some artist countdowns to salute them when they come to town...i.e. The Top 20 Prince Songs Of All Time (again, in morning drive).

 

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