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INXS announce "teary" break-upon 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.”

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VegetableLasagne said on the 12th Nov, 2012

why the fuck would they do it supporting matchbox 20?! come to think of it, why the fuck would they support matchbox 20?!


MorningAfterboy said on the 12th Nov, 2012

Saw the new line-up with Matchbox 20 a few weeks ago. It was cheesy as all get out, but the new singer was the best they'd had post-Hutchence by a country mile.

An update from music writer Cameron Adams on Twitter:

"INXS confusion grows. Now reports saying Kirk Pengilly has told a Sydney radio station they have NOT broken up. Manager not returning calls."


hellboy1975 said on the 12th Nov, 2012

should have given it away many years ago.


lateleigh said on the 12th Nov, 2012

"Ended their career playing support to Matchbox Twenty" ...hmmm, not the most dignified of conclusions for a band that's been around for 35 freakin' years. Mind, if they had've kept going for another ten years they probably would have ended up opening for Shannon Knoll at a bingo hall.


sarcasm_mister said on the 12th Nov, 2012

My When-You-Knew-INXS-Really-Need-To-Quit moment was this year when they played at the Leagues Club where i had my yr12 formal.


i_have_ADD said on the 12th Nov, 2012

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 12th Nov, 2012

INXS existing or not existing really isn't relevant enough to concern anyone these days. Same deal with The Angels, keep on trucking while you can squeeze out a dollar and free meal on the RSL circuit.


iNegro said on the 12th Nov, 2012

'INXS have ended their career playing support to Matchbox Twenty in Perth last night.' ugh.


random_hero said on the 13th Nov, 2012

they will be back when there cash runs out


Piko said on the 13th Nov, 2012

Exactly my first thought also.