Starting this year, INXS has been on tour again after 3.5yr hiatus (yeah, I was counting – last stop for me was “The Soo” – Sault Ste Marie, July 2007 – so make that 4yrs for this fangirl). This slightly damp night, July 17th, in the great northwest, our band, INXS dropped into town to kick off the US dates of their “Original Sin” tour, delivering a suited up round of hits at the Chateau Ste Michelle Winery in Woodinville.
In reality, I was supremely excited for this show, for more than just the uber fan obviousness. This is because, they are the band that originally inspired me to take photos at music shows, and this was my first credentialed chance to click them with a proper camera, and lenses, drop that shutter, and get them all nice and sharp. Sadly, that usually means, just the “first 3 songs, no flash”, because that’s what it is like to photograph a band with a photo pass – we usually miss those later show moments – the potential iconic moments, the finale wave to the audience, etc.
In all it’s a full circle for me, back photographing(with a pass this time, rather than on the down low!) the band I love. The icing, as it were, was when I was asked to shoot “back stage” (really not back) the .com winner meet and greet, and to also shoot midset Original Sin version of “Beautiful Girl” where Pat Monahan joined the band on stage. After shooting, I obviously(ha ha) went to my seat and watched the entire end of the set – it was such a fun and nostalgic show. I am not the same non-groupie from yesteryear, but I do still love the music and the band. Every word, I can breath and sing along with. It just puts a smile on my face. To everyone I met, and got to hang out with this night – xoxo – so much fun! To the band, etc – you were great, many thanks.
For all of my fellow INXS fans – these are for you.
Soundspike gallery here – http://www.soundspike.com/photos/1005/4/inxs_in_woodinville__wa/