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Wednesday, August 10, 2005


My favorite TV show is Rockstar- INXS. The band is looking to fill the void left by the suicide of their extremely talented and charismatic lead singer Michael Hutchence. This reality show has 13 non-famous singers performing covers for the band and guest-coach David Navarro of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The host is the beautiful and barely (and my wife says poorly) clad Brooke Burke.

The fun is the potential lead singers each week do great classic and current rock hits with a magnificant house band. Nirvana, REM, Clapton, Hendrix and even the Beatles songs are chosen from a list INXS provides the singers on Monday. On Tuesday we see the performances in an hour show. American Idol this is not. At the elimination show, seen every Wednesday, the 3 singers with the lowest vote count from on-line voters have to peform an INXS song (another plug) and one singer is let go by the band. Now, there are 10 songers remaining. They are very talented.

While INXS is certainly not a household name and clearly this is a marketing tool to make an aging band relevant, the show gives us great live covers while we root for an unknown to potentially make good.

The extra benefit is my kids get to hear classic rock and it allows me to introduce them to the Doors, The Kinks, The Stones and other of Daddy's music. Has anyone listened to "American Pie" lately? Because of my 7-year old daughter's new appreciation for old rock, we have played that CD by Don MacLean about 50 times in the last 4 days. Did you know it was about the plane crash of the Big Bopper? Or was it Buddy Holly? Is the Jester Dylan? Is the King Elvis?

The other downside is my 5-year old boy wants tatts like David Navarro. And he thinks I should be the lead singer for INXS. I'd be happy to just meet Brooke.


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