INXS’ live retirement divides fans
THE sudden retirement of rock band INXS has left some praising their history and other fans angry at the late notice.
However in a belated and vaguely worded statement, the band left the door open to release new music.
"INXS’ touring days could never last forever,” drummer Jon Farriss said. "We wanted it to end on a high. And it has.”
Farriss admitted the band kept the decision to quit touring a secret – prompting a backlash on Facebook from fans who wanted a farewell headlining tour or advance warning to make sure they saw their final concerts.
Michael Hutchence and INXS
The announcement comes just days before the 15th anniversary of Michael Hutchence’s death.
The band have performed with Jon Stevens, Terence Trent D’Arby, Jon Stevens and latest singer Ciarin Gribbin.
Gribbin has written an album’s worth of material with Andrew Farriss – which was earmarked to be the band’s 12th studio album.
Andrew Farris, Ciaran Gribbin and Kirk Pengilly
Molly Meldrum said INXS were a major part of the history of Australian rock music.
"They are one of Australia’s greatest – and most succesful – rock bands of all time,” Meldrum said. "It’s sad but those songs will live on no matter what.
"Michael Hutchence was the perfect front man, he was hard to replace. It was good they carried on though, JD Fortune was great, they always delivered in concert. They were a complete rock band.”
Since Hutchence’s death the band have constantly faced criticism for continuing to record and tour, and for finding JD Fortune on a reality TV show.
Paul Cashmere, of music site Noise 11, said INXS were right to further their legacy.
"It wasn’t Michael Hutchence and INXS. It was INXS. It is their music and they have every right to continue to play it. It’s a shame they have chosen not to continue as a live act because they are great live. Queen kept the music alive after Freddie Mercury, AC/DC did it after Bon Scott and INXS should be able to do it post-Michael. Michael died, the band didn’t.”
INXS sold over 30 million albums and were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2001.
Some musicians thought their retirement from the live arena was long overdue.
Uncanny X-Men singer Brian Mannix tweeted "Can’t believe it took them 15 years to realise what everyone else knew – u can’t replace Michael Hutchence!”
Rumours circulate that Hutchence’s life story will be turned into a TV drama next year.
INXS: The Biggest Hits
Original Sin – No.1 in Australia 1984
What You Need – No.2 in Australia, No.5 in the US 1985
Need You Tonight – No.1 in the US, No.2 in the UK, No.3 in Australia 1987
Devil Inside – No.2 in the US, No.6 in Austraila 1988
Suicide Blonde – No.2 in Australia 1990, No.9 in the US