In a previous edition of MMB featuring INXS, Stéphane clearly stated his disdain for this incarnation of the band, and its reality-tv winning frontman. If anything, the comments that follow are bit more tame than they were a few months back:
“Ah yes, the infamous “JD Fortune-fronted INXS” (I refuse to call this incarnation INXS). Who would have thought that a reality-show winner wouldn’t be the answer to replace a legend like Michael Hutchence?
In all honesty, I watched that show attentively, and throughout the show, I thought JD Fortune was a perfect fit for the part, while also appreciating some of the other contestant who also went on to interesting things (Suzy McNeil for one, Mig Ayesa as well). It was a very fun show to watch, blending just a tad bit of drama with some really captivating looks at what goes into songwriting, especially under enormous pressure. That said, I never took the band really seriously as “authentic INXS”. Some of their material was very good, Pretty Vegas and Afterglow being solid songs, but it was never more than an interesting experiment to me. No one could replace Michael Hutchence, and anyone who tried was bound to fail to live up to such a high standard.”
Denis Gagnon was also a loyal Rockstar: INXS viewer:
“I really should have been able to get this one as I watched most of this season as well as the next of Rock Star. From Season one “Rockstar: INXS” my favorite was Marty Casey and his original song Trees. In looking up this song, it prompted me to go find this gem that I had forgotten about. This guy was very talented and came in second. I didn’t like Trees because of the name but because it was a brilliant pop rock song with a great beat that was made for radio. It wasn’t deep by any stretch, just one of those fun songs. I shall have to look it up when I get home.
Rockstar was probably one of the better reality shows ever done and I would argue that is was the best for producing and showcasing raw musical talent. This wasn’t bubblegum pop crappy American Idol stuff – this was real gutsy rock singing and people had to really belt it out and sing for their lives. It showed some of the partying and backstage antics that gave it more of a Rock’n'Roll feel. Two bad it only lasted to seasons but the Canuck rockers went 2 for 2 in taking top prize.”
“This guy (George Michael) should’ve replaced Freddie Mercury in Queen. Only singer with the vocal chops to do it (his stage presence isn’t the same, then again how can you replace the greatest front man ever?).”
“Clothe me in any fashion.
Glitter to so mundane.
Tell me how you’d love to change me.
Tell me I can stay the same.
I just want to shake us up.”