A moving story from a rock ‘n’ roll hero
KIRK Pengilly, as a rock 'n' roll hall-of-famer, is a man with many great stories to tell of the incredible highs and devastating lows of the music industry and life.
As the archivist for his band INXS, Kirk has faithfully logged daily entries in diaries that date back to the beginning of the band, many of which have been shared in the recent INXS biographical book Story to Story.
In his own words, Kirk Pengilly will share some of those stories as a keynote speaker at The Coffs Coast Advocate's Harbour Club evening in November.
For Kirk, the past 12 months have had their testing times.
The 56-year-old was about to set off on a romantic tour of New Zealand with his wife, champion surfer Layne Beachley, last February when an email dropped into the inbox.
It was from his doctor informing him he had "very aggressive" prostate cancer.
"I managed to get onto him in the morning at the airport as we were leaving. I hadn't spoken to him and he said, 'Look, the only option is to remove the prostate'," Kirk told reporters.
"So the whole time we were in New Zealand, every bottle of wine was my last hurrah, every meal was my last hurrah.
"It was an emotional roller-coaster, and a mental one. I think we were both in denial for the first few days."
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