Kirk Pengilly (guitar), John Farriss (drums) and Ciaran Gribbin (vocals) during the band's Red Hot Summer Tour earlier this year. Photo: Aaron Sawall
The Australian rock band INXS have officially confirmed their retirement, releasing a statement in which they thanked fans for their support over a 35-year career.
Drummer Jon Farriss first announced the split at the Perth Arena on Sunday during the band's final concert as the support act for Matchbox Twenty.
The rest of INXS - Tim and Andrew Farriss, Kirk Pengilly, Garry Beers and singer Ciaran Gribbin - confirmed details of the break up today.
INXS during the Michael Hutchence era.
"We understand that this must come as a blow to everybody but all things must eventually come to an end," a statement issued by the band's management read.
"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."
Formed in Sydney in 1977, INXS sold over 30 million albums and became one of the world's biggest bands throughout the late '80s and early '90s.
Their 1987 landmark album Kick spawned the international hits Need You Tonight, New Sensation and Never Tear Us Apart.
But the band were rocked when frontman Michael Hutchence was discovered dead in a Sydney hotel room in 1997. A coroner claimed his death was a suicide while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
The surviving members - brothers Andrew, Jon and Tim Farriss and Kirk Pengilly - vowed to carry on, recruiting several frontmen, including Jon Stevens, Terence Trent D'Arby, JD Fortune and most recently Ciaran Gribbin last year.
Determined that tragedy would not spell the end of INXS, the band now suggest the enigmatic Hutchence left impossible boots to fill.
"It's been 35 years for INXS as a live touring band and unbelievably it's been 15 years ago since we lost Michael," said Jon Farriss.
"We lived for each other in the trenches and we loved each other. It was the six of us against the world and then suddenly and inexplicably we were but five. We were lost right at the moment we were on top."
The band, which reached No.1 on the Billboard dance charts last year with a remake of Original Sin, said they never took the soft option.
"It was the adversity, the challenge and the struggle that forged us into the live working band we became. And this was as big as it could possibly get when it came to a challenge," said Andrew Farriss.
"In the end we decided for a whole bunch of reasons to march forward. To us there was no other option, families always move forward."
The band's manager Chris Murphy said INXS always believed unconditionally in the music.
"People fade, sometimes way too early that is life whether we like it or not. To live to 80 plus is a life well lived," he said.
"To lose Michael so young 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."