The Straits Times
Published on Nov 12, 2012

Australian rockers INXS call it quits after 35 years


SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian rock band INXS have called it quits, reports said on Monday, 15 years after the suicide of original frontman Michael Hutchence.

The band, which formed in 1977 and has sold more than 30 million records, made the announcement to fans at a concert in Perth on Sunday evening where they were supporting American rockers Matchbox 20, the city's newspapers said.

Drummer Jon Farriss broke the news and admitted "I'm getting teary" before they launched into one of their biggest hits, Need You Tonight, the Perth Now website reported.

INXS management was not available for confirmation but Twitter was abuzz with the news and Matchbox 20 singer Rob Thomas tweeted "gonna miss the @inxs guys." JD Fortune, one of the vocalists who tried to take on the Hutchence role, also tweeted, saying: "So this is how it ends now, for them, xo."