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Australian band INXS is reportedly breaking up after 35 years together. They made the announcement during their Sunday night show in Perth, where their career kicked off.
Perth Now reports that drummer Jon Farriss told the crowd, “I’m getting teary eyed,” before they launched into one of their biggest hits, “Need You Tonight.”
The band’s current frontman, Ciaran Gribbin, responded to the report on Facebook, promising that a more formal announcement will be coming soon.
“I know a lot of you are concerned and want clarification on what happened at the INXS gig last night in Perth,” he wrote. “As I write this most of INXS are on a plane flying from Perth to Sydney. Please try and be patient as the Band plan to release a full statement on the subject ASAP. I'm sorry I can't say anymore at this time and hope this helps ease a few worries and concerns.”
According to Billboard, the band, which started in 1977, was one of the biggest groups in the world from the 1980s to the early 1990s, until frontman Michael Hutchence died at just 37 in 1997. They formed in Perth and went on to sell over 30 million albums worldwide. They have five Top 20 in the US.
In addition to “Need You Tonight,” their other hits include “New Sensation,” “Devil Inside,” and “Never Tear Us Apart,” all of which appeared on their 1987 album, Kick.
The band was celebrating the album’s 25th anniversary this year and was touring as Matchbox Twenty’s opening act.