INXS announce “teary” break-up on stage

After three decades and 12 albums INXS have ended their career playing support to Matchbox Twenty in Perth last night.

According to Brisbane Times, an emotional Jon Farriss announced the split, telling the crowd “I’m getting teary” before launching into ‘Need You Tonight’ for the final time. Farriss formed the band in Sydney 35 years ago with older brothers Andrew and Tim on keyboards and lead guitar; saxophonist and guitarist Kirk Pengilly; Garry Beers on bass; drummer Geoff Kennelly; and the late Michael Hutchence on lead vocals.

The news comes just over a week before the 15th anniversary of Hutchence’s death on November 22, 1997. Following Hutchence’s death the band carried on with several replacement singers including former Noiseworks frontman Jon Stevens; J. D. Fortune, who won a reality TV series to join the band; and finally 35-year-old Irishman Ciaran Gribbin, who joined the band in September last year. In 2010 the band released their final album, featuring guest vocalists including John Mayer, Tricky, Rob Thomas, Dan Sultan, and Ben Harper covering INXS songs.

Late last month, Gribbin told the Sydney Morning Herald that his bandmates were “still creative, they’re still hungry to prove they have something to say … They’re also still hungry to perform those songs, the songs that were a part of so many peoples’ lives growing up.” However Gribbin also conceded that the band had struggled to replace Hutchence. “He’s not the type of character you find on any street corner,” he said. “They’ve lost their best friend and a guy who’s been with them since they were 13 years of age. But they also lost one of the great rock n’ roll icons, in my opinion the last great rock star, he had everything. They’ve struggled with singers after that, like anyone would.”