Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Rock Star:INXS: True Rock & Roll Moments

A true rock & roll moment was made last night on Rock Star:INXS when MiG sang Peter Frampton's "Baby I Love Your Way", accompanying himself on piano. As I said before, there is a purity and innocence to this show that somehow manages to capture the highest spirit of rock & roll. Fun yet meaningful, playful and deep, sad and joyous. MiG's performance last night exemplified this, and drew tears and praise from the audience, his fellow performers and Dave Navarro, who delivered a powerful compliment: while listening to the song all he could think about was how much he loved his wife. Amen to that.

Almost as poetic was Deanna's performance of Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me." Such a poignant song, and she delivered it well.

Another true rock & roll moment was revealed the same evening when J.D. broke the rules about having to sing as a group and went solo instead. His performance was above par, and his defying the group and going his own way put him at odds again with the other performers. I'm a fan of J.D., but even I was feeling put off by his looking out for No. 1. But isn't this just part of rock & roll too? The art attracts some big egos along with the big talent, and ultimately it will be up to INXS as to whether they think they can manage J.D.'s ego. He feels like the right choice for the band to me, and it will be fascinating to see to what extent they agree.

Again, if you are not watching this show you are truly missing out.

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