The Australian outfit told a crowd in Perth that they were midway through their final concert – despite new singer Ciaran Gribbin having recently said the band faced a “big future”.
Now they’ve confirmed their career is over.
In a statement headlined “The touring ends – the music lives on” the band say: “It ended fittingly where it began, in Perth, when drummer Jon Farriss declared INXS would bring down the curtain as a live touring band.
“We understand 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 25 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 thank their friends and family and say they’ll always be proud of having played to 80,000 people in London, 60,000 in Texas and 120,000 in Rio de Janeiro.
But they suggest they’ve never quite got over losing original frontman Michale Hutchence, who committed suicide 15 years ago next week.
Farriss says: “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. We were lost right at the moment we
were on top.”
Manager Chris Murphy comments: “They believed unconditionally in each other and they also believed unconditionally in the music. People fade, sometimes way too early – 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.”
Farriss adds: “Our touring days could never last forever. We wanted it to end on a high – and it has.”
-Classic Rock Magazine