Wednesday, May 25, 2005
INXS Reality Show? It can't be...
I was very lucky to have seen Michael Hutchence and INXS in concert in the summer of 1997, just prior to his fateful 'slip up' in his hotel room in Australia. The band rocked, and when I started my Air Force Officer Field Training a week after the concert (like basic training) the music carried me through those grueling weeks of hell. I miss that band.
After watching The Contender finale last night I made the mistake of turning to CBS to catch Rob and Amber getting hitched, (Don't ask, it was a long night and my highspeed was down) and there was a commercial for a new reality show called Rockstar: INXS. I couldn't believe it.
Apparently they'll pick a new lead singer for INXS out of 15 people who will be living in a Hollywood Hills mansion. This just doesn't sound right. INXS was raw, and the music carried it's own. I can't imagine a bunch of 'Real World' types, running around complaining about messy rooms and hangovers, leading INXS. I can't imagine that the original band thought this was a good idea.
I don't see the show making it. Sure, it'll get ratings. Heck, a camera focused on a fishbowl could get ratings these days (just watch MSNBC). Yet I don't see a global audience wanting to pay money to see some reality geek on stage singing music that wasn't his own. They will be going on a world tour according to the press releases.
Some advice: They should start out at pubs and small venues. Especially places with chicken wire in front of the stage to protect the reality show winner from catching a stray beer bottle to the noggin.
posted by El Capitan at 7:41 AM
It HAS to be better than the one they're doing based on ballroom dancing. I'm thinking reality tv in general has jumped the shark. Then again, with the exception of The Amazing Race and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, I was never much into it anyway.9:23 AM