“Twenty-first century’s yesterday,” Michael Hutchence sang on INXS’s signature hit, “Need You Tonight,” from their 1987 album Kick. The band went on to open the last decade of the 20th Century with a legendary concert: their July 13, 1991 show at Wembley Stadium. The film of the show, Live Baby Live, was originally released on video a few months the performance, but never had a theatrical release. Fathom Events will is bring INXS: Live Baby Live at Wembley Stadium to theaters on Monday, Dec. 19.
“Six years to the day of Live Aid and five years and a day since the band supported Queen at Wembley Stadium, INXS headlined their own show at the famed venue to a sell-out crowd of 73,791 crazed fans,” reads the official website. “The event, called ‘Summer XS,’ was immortalized in the best-selling concert film Live Baby Live, directed by David Mallet.
“Twenty-eight years on, the film has been painstakingly restored from the original 35mm negative. The film is now presented in glorious cinematic widescreen, created by going through the film shot by shot and repositioning every single one to get the best out of the frame. The restoration process unveiled a ‘lost’ performance, which was not included in the original releases – ‘Lately’ from the X album. It is now returned to its rightful position in the concert setlist.”
Live Baby Live has been fully restored from its original 35mm print to create a new widescreen 4K Ultra HD version. The film was given a new Dolby Atmos audio mix by the band’s executive music producer Giles Martin, the son of the Beatles’ producer George Martin, and Sam Okell at Abbey Road Studios.
The INXS: Live Baby Live at Wembley Stadium soundtrack is set for release on Nov. 15. The performance features the band’s hits “Need You Tonight,” “New Sensation,” and “Devil Inside.” The vinyl and CD formats feature unseen imagery from the show, new essays from the band and sleeve notes by Jamie East, a broadcaster and INXS fan who was in the crowd for the show.
Mystify: Michael Hutchence, a feature-length documentary about the life of Hutchence, will play theaters for one night only, on January 7, 2020.
The band was formed in 1977 in Sydney, Australia as the Farriss Brothers. The lineup included Hutchence on vocals, Andrew Farris on keyboards, Tim Farriss on guitar, Jon Farriss on drums, Kirk Pengilly on guitar and saxophone, and Garry Gary Beers on bass. They changed their name to INXS in 1979 and released their first single “Simple Simon” in 1980. They released their debut album INXS in 1980. Their second album, Underneath the Colours, came out in 1981. They had their first hit “The One Thing” in July of 1982. Their most commercially successful album, Kick, came out in October 1987. Michael Hutchence died of an apparent suicide on November 22, 1997.
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INXS: Live Baby Live at Wembley Stadium will play theaters on Monday, Dec. 19.
Culture Editor Tony Sokol cut his teeth on the wire services and also wrote and produced New York City’s Vampyr Theatre and the rock opera AssassiNation: We Killed JFK. Read more of his work here or find him on Twitter @tsokol.