INXS have confirmed that they are to cease touring. Their statement yesterday follows reports that the band’s drummer, Jon Farriss, had announced that they were splitting up completely during a gig in Perth, Australia last week.
Confirming they now have no plans to tour in the future, the band said this week: “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”.
Although seemingly not an announcement that INXS are calling it a day altogether, given the band’s live shows rather than records have been more important in recent years, there was a feeling of finality in the statement, which continued: “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”.
The band’s manager Chris Murphy added: “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 lose Michael [Hutchence] so young [in 1997] 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”.
Concluding, Farriss said: “INXS’ touring days could never last forever. We wanted it to end on a high. And it has”.