Sunday night, INXS announced at a concert in Perth, Australia, that they were calling it quits after 35 years. Now, the band has issued a statement confirming that they are, indeed, splitting up.
Band members Tim, Andrew and Jon Farriss, Kirk Pengilly and Garry Beers said, "We understand that this must come as a blow to everybody, but all things must eventually come to an end. We have been performing as a band for 35 years, it’s time to step away from the touring arena. Our music will of course live on and we will always be a part of that."
INXS' original lead singer, Michael Hutchence, died in 1997. 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 about the band's decision not to break up following Hutchence's death, Andrew Farriss said, "To us there was no other option; families always move forward."
INXS' hits include "Need You Tonight," "Suicide Blonde," "Devil Inside," "Never Tear Us Apart," "What You Need," "Bitter Tears" and "The One Thing." In 2010, the band released the album Original Sin, which featured new versions of their classics recorded with celebrity guests and fans like Rob Thomas, John Mayer and Train's Pat Monahan. In all, INXS has sold 30 million records worldwide.
Rob Thomas, who with Matchbox Twenty had been touring with INXS in Australia for the last few weeks, joined the band onstage for that final show in Perth on Sunday, singing their traditional closing number, "Don't Change."
Jon Farriss declared, "INXS' touring days could never last forever. We wanted it to end on a high. And it has."
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