Centennial Park has hosted some amazing concerts over the years. None more amazing than on 28 March 1992 when iconic Aussie band INXS rocked out at the ‘Concert for Life’!

The ‘Concert for Life’ was an event that was staged to raise funds for the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Centre and AIDS Patient Services and Research, at St Vincent’s Hospital.

There was a massive build-up, with around 100,000 patrons expected. This resulted in a range of Parliamentary debates and questions about logistics and transport for the crowds, with this exchange suggesting that it would entail the “biggest ever bus fleet scheduled for a single event in Sydney”.

As part of the build-up Michael Hutchence recorded this interview in Centennial Park.


The line up

What is amazing about the ‘Concert for Life’, apart from the headliners, is who else played that day. Also playing that day were:

  • Crowded House
  • Yothu Yindi
  • Wendy Matthews with Jenny Morris and Kate Ceberano
  • Jimmy Barnes and Diesel
  • James Reyne
  • James Blundell
  • Ratcat
  • Def FX
  • Troy Newman


Concert for Life 1992 - taken from The Daily Telegraph

Concert for Life 1992 – taken from The Daily Telegraph


It’s show time!

The Official Program for the event noted that the ticket price for the event was a $21 donation!

The event, however, was hampered by inclement weather. It was reported that 62,000 still turned out. Despite this, INXS played a memorable set:

  1. Guns in the Sky
  2. Send a Message
  3. The Stairs
  4. Mystify
  5. Bitter Tears
  6. Taste It
  7. Need You Tonight
  8. Mediate
  9. Disappear
  10. All Around
  11. Suicide Blonde
  12. What You Need
  13. Kick
  14. Never Tear Us Apart
  15. Baby Don’t Cry


Watch INXS live in Centennial Park!

Through the wonders of Youtube, you can go back in time and actually watch a live version of “Mistify” from the night. Take note of the fantastic flyover of Centennial Park at the beginning!



It’s great vision, but want to hear the concert in full? Click here to hear the audio.

Yet another fascinating chapter in the life of Centennial Parklands.


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