After 35 years together, INXS are calling it quits from touring. The band, anchored by bassist Garry Beers, announced it during what would be their final concert in Perth, Australia. A press release soon followed.
“We understand that this must come as a blow to everybody, but all things must eventually come to an end,” the band stated. “We have been performing as a band for 35 years, it’s time to step away from the touring arena.”
INXS formed in 1977 with Tim, Jon and Andrew Farriss, Beers, Kirk Pengilly and lead singer Michael Hutchence. Hutchence’s untimely death in 1997 sent a shock to the band, who soldiered on for another 15 years. It appears in the end they never really recovered from the loss.
“They believed unconditionally in each other and they also believed unconditionally in the music,” said band manager Chris Murphy. “People fade, sometimes way too early… that islife whether we like it or not. To live to 80 plus is a life well lived. To lose Michael so young was atragedy 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.”