It’s still “unofficial,” but when the band announces it onstage, it’s probably a done deal. Over the weekend, INXS drummer Jon Farriss reportedly dropped a bombshell during the band’s performance at Perth Arena by telling the crowd that this would be their last performance together. “I’m getting teary,” said Farriss just before INXS launched into their signature song “Need You Tonight.”
After the announcement sparked a flurry of Internet buzz, current frontman Ciaran Gribbin posted a note on Facebook stating that the band was en route from Perth to Sydney and planned to release a full statement and explanation ASAP. “I’m sorry I can’t say more at this time,” he wrote. The official statement is expected Tuesday.
INXS formed in Perth in 1977, eventually achieving global superstardom with their breakout record Kick ten years later. The band continued its successful run until frontman Michael Hutchence committed suicide in 1997, a tragedy from which the band never fully recovered. They floundered for several years, hosting a revolving door of replacement lead vocalists (including J.D. Fortune, who won the frontman role in band’s controversial reality show Rock Star: INXS in 2005). Ciaran Gribbin has been at the mic for about a year.
Despite the band’s hardships, news of the breakup comes as a bit of a shock considering that as recently as last month, keyboardist Andrew Farriss had hinted to Billboard that INXS were preparing to release new material. Hopefully at least some of these questions will be answered in the band’s official statement.
INXS has been celebrating the 25th anniversary of Kick this year, having released a commemorative box set of the record this fall. At the time of their “unofficial” announcement, they were opening a show for Matchbox Twenty.