Think you look like Bon Scott or Michael Hutchence?
INXS and AC/DC; it’s pretty easy to pick the similarities. Two classic Australian rock bands, both lost their lead singers at a young age, both have four letters for their titles. Now there’s something else to add. The stories of their former front men Michael Hutchence and Bon Scott are to be portrayed on the big screen.
Screen Australia, a government funded body, has allocated funding for the development of biopics for both of the iconic singers, ‘Bon Scott’ and ‘Michael’, no prizes for which one is about which.
It’s early days so far but until then we can try and guess who’s going to play the leading men. More importantly like the film ‘Walk the Line’ opened up Johnny Cash’s music to a new generation of fans hopefully these productions will keep the music of INXS and AC/DC rolling on. We’re guessing it probably would have anyway.
Julian Assange popping his festival cherry
He’s holed up in the UK fighting extradition charges but Mr Assange has managed to join the likes of Kanye West, Coldplay and Pulp at Splendour in the Grass. Before you alert the authorities and wonder how one of the most scrutinised men on the planet managed to sneak out from his strict house arrest, fear not, technology played a hand.
He joined the dancing crowds at the QLD site via video link for a panel discussion about the origins of his website Wikileaks and the criminal charges he is currently facing. Okay, we’d probably struggle to forgo one of the main stages for a political debate but leave it to Splendour to bring the big guns no matter what your festival cup of tea is.
Cadel, Cadel, Cadel
People might query how we justify having some words about Australia’s newest sporting hero in the music column. Well here goes; according to Cadel Evans’ website his favourite music is R.E.M, U2, Paul Kelly and Crowded House. Upon hearing he’d secured the yellow jersey, Paris based Aussie Tina Arena got over to the podium to sing an a cappella version of ‘Advance Australian Fair’. And most importantly, he’s a bloody legend!
Salute to Amy
So much has been said about the death of Amy Winehouse in the past few days we doubt we’re going to break any new ground. We’re also not going to enter into the debate about lifestyles or give our two cents on the girl’s life.
This is simply a tribute and a thumbs up. Thanks Amy, you had a voice, style and charisma which made people sit up notice. It’s always sad when a young person leaves this world too early but we’re thankful for the impact and legacy they leave. For Amy Winehouse, her legacy is her music, and we’ll remember that.