INXS officially break up, release statement

INXS have officially broken up.

Following on from weekend reports that INXS drummer John Farris announced to a Perth crowd, on their last tour stop with Matchbox Twenty, that the band were finally breaking up, today comes an official statement regarding the decision.

“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.”

“We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all the friends and family that have supported us throughout our extensive career. Our lives have been enriched by having you all as a part of the journey”

“It’s been 35 years for INXS as a live touring band and unbelievably it’s been 15 years ago since we lost Michael” said Jon Farriss.

“We lived for each other in the trenches and we loved each other. It was the six of us against the world and then suddenly and inexplicably we were but five. [Frontman Michael Hutchence died in 1997 - Ed.]. We were lost right at the moment we were on top.”

“We never took a soft option, it was the adversity, the challenge and the struggle that forged us into the live working band we became. And this was as big as it could possibly get when it came to a challenge” said Andrew Farriss, “and in the end we decided for a whole bunch of reasons to march forward. To us there was no other option, families always move forward.”

The bands manager Chris Murphy said, “They believed unconditionally in each other and they also believed unconditionally in the music. People fade, sometimes way too early… that is life whether we like it or not. To live to 80 plus is a life well lived. To lose Michael so young was a tragedy for all of us. But with this band, their legacy, their music was just so damn good, it was always destined to live beyond all of us.”

“INXS’ touring days could never last forever," said John Farris in the statement. "We wanted it to end on a high. And it has”

The band formed in Sydney 35 years ago and recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of their most successful album, Kick. Read the official announcement at

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