From The Courier Mail:
AS ONE door opened, another door closed as onetime Australian supergroup INXS kicked off the Queensland leg of their Coast to Coast tour on the Gold Coast yesterday.
While the band were introducing their latest lead singer, and their first new songs in years, there was the possibility this would be the last time they’d be playing Australian provincial cities.
“It’s been like a pilgrimage for us, to come back and go through the regional towns of Australia,” drummer Jon Farriss enthused.
Despite the chilly, blustery conditions, there was no more idyllic setting for a Sunday afternoon show than by the water at Harrigans Drift Inn at Jacobs Well. The gig drew a crowd of a few thousand mainly Generation X fans, plus a few more onlookers bobbing on boats nearby.
The show opened with the core Farriss Brothers putting on a percussive display, and the whole band were decked out in air force blazers.
“Hello Jacobs Well . . . or Calypso Bay . . . or Harrigans Pub – you guys have got a lotta names!” said Kirk Pengilly.
“We’ve been working on a bunch of new songs, and we’re gonna play them tonight (sic).”
New songs included Sugar (with bassist Gary Garry Beers manning the cornet), Do That Again, Honesty and the previously released anthemic single We Are United.
New frontman Ciaran Gribbin, the Irish artist formerly known as Joe Echo, was well aware of the mantle he had inherited, saying it was amazing to be standing on a stage as an Irishman with “the greatest band Australia has ever produced”.
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