After 35 years together, INXS have called it quits.

Jon Farriss announced the news at the band’s final concert with Matchbox Twenty in Perth on Sunday night, seemingly taking the rest of the band by surprise. Kirk Pengilly even reportedly texted Central Coast radio station 2GO with the words “It’s not true.” However with an official statement hitting press today, it seems the journey of this legendary Aussie act has indeed come to an end.

“We have been performing as a band for 35 years, it’s time to step away from the touring arena,” the band said. “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.”

I admit that I wasn’t all that kind to INXS after seeing them supporting Matchbox Twenty in Sydney, but I’m still saddened by the news. While I felt Ciarin Gribbin wasn’t the right fit for this iconic outfit, I hadn’t lost hope that they’d find someone to fill the gaping hole Michael Hutchence left. I also wonder why now. I remember reading an interview last year where the band seemed excited about recording new music. Their statement says they wanted to go out on a high, but surely taking one last victory lap as headliners, with fans knowing these shows would be the last, would have been much more satisfying than being someone’s opening act.

Perhaps INXS weren’t as confident as I was that they could ever recapture their glory days. Perhaps they’re just happy to bask in their legacy and let the royalties roll in. Either way I’m glad that I could see them one last time, even if it wasn’t with a perfect set.

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