Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Danielle Jarvis

THE Aus­tralian INXS Show will roll into Rooty Hill RSL on Satur­day night and bring the mem­ory of Michael Hutchence to the fore.

The six-man trib­ute band plays all the in­stru­ments of the orig­i­nal group live to en­sure the au­di­ence gets as close to the real thing as pos­si­ble.

Cov­er­ing hits like Need You Tonight, Never Tear Us Apart, Don’t Change and New Sen­sa­tion, Si­mon Hey­blok will show his in­cred­i­ble like­ness to orig­i­nal lead singer Michael Hutchence.

He will be joined by Rob Moody on guitar and sax­o­phone, Tim Saxon on guitar, Glenn Roche on drums and backup vo­cals and Si­mon D’Aquino on key­board to recre­ate the essence of the Aus­tralian New Wave/Ska and pop rock band that dom­i­nated the charts for 35 years.

The show will in­clude two 50minute sets of noth­ing but INXS gold and then to top of the night, the band will play en­cores.

The trib­ute show has only been to­gether for five years, but they al­ready play sell­out shows on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

Tim Phillips, bass player and backup vo­cal­ist, has a day job as a non-emer­gency am­bu­lance driver but said he lived for the week­end.

“It’s the great­est job in the world,” Phillips said.

“It’s like a cel­e­bra­tion. We celebrate the mu­sic of INXS and in do­ing that, we’re keep­ing the mem­ory of Michael Hutchence alive.

“The au­di­ence knows that we’re not the real band but we go to great lengths to repli­cate their sounds – that’s what we do.

“Some peo­ple can’t be­lieve how much we sound like the real thing and that’s our job.”

Phillips said the show was all about en­joy­ing the mu­sic by the band that left its mark on mu­sic history for­ever.

The show will start at 8pm and tick­ets cost $25. De­tails: Call 9625 5500 or visit rooty­

The Aus­tralian INXS Show will per­form at Rooty Hill RSL on Satur­day from 8pm.

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