Facebook.com/INXSINXS has decided to call it a day after 35 years together. According to a report in Perth Now, the band announced at a gig in Perth on Sunday night that they were playing their last concert together.
Drummer Jon Farriss broke the emotional news to the audience during the band’s support slot for Matchbox 20 and admitted “I’m getting teary,” before they launched into one of their biggest hits, "Need You Tonight."
Farriss and his brothers Andrew and Tim formed the band in 1977 with late frontman Michael Hutchence, who was found dead in his hotel room 15 years ago. Following the untimely death of their lead singer, the band continued with various replacements over the years, including JD Fortune, who was the winner of the reality show Rock Star: INXS in 2005. Fortune was subsequently replaced in September 2011 by Irishman Ciaran Gribbins.
Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald only last month, Tim Farris said, “We do what we love to do, and that’s play music together. And we haven’t stopped. For us, the knife is never sharp enough; there’s always things we hone.”
The guitarist added, “Other bands could have folded. I am proud of it because we’ve had such an incredible career. We didn’t just stick around Australia; we risked everything and put it out on a limb, and then we ended up huge everywhere in the world.”
INXS has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.
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