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INXS Quits Touring After 35 Years


After 35 years, INXS is calling it quits. The Australian band announced this week that they were no longer a touring band.

The news came as a bit of a shock to fans of the 80s group who were unaware that INXS was still touring. The band had a series of hits during the 80s and 90s but INXS fell from the spotlight after the death of the band’s lead singer, Michael Hutchence, in 1998.

The group didn’t perform for more than a year after Hutchence’ death but eventually reformed with various singers stepping behind the mic. The group also released two albums after Hutcence’ death but were never able to find the popularity they had in the 90s.

INXS members Tim, Andrew and Jon Farriss, Kirk Pengilly and Garry Beers released a statement saying:

“We understand that this must come as a blow to everybody, but all things must eventually come to an end. We have been performing as a band for 35 years, it’s time to step away from the touring arena. Our music will of course live on and we will always be a part of that.”

According to Reuters, INXS sold more than 30 million albums during their career. Ten million of those album sales came from the band’s 1987 album Kick.

The band told Rolling Stone:

“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.”

Were you a fan of INXS? Are you surprised that they quit touring? Did you know that they were still touring?

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26 Responses to “INXS Quits Touring After 35 Years”

  1. Jason James Rubadeau

    If people didn't even know you WERE touring, probably a good time to call it a day.PS-Your singer died more than a decade ago..

  2. Jason James Rubadeau

    " We understand this must come as a blow to everybody.." Really? Like who? For that matter, who even knew you were still even a band; although I am sure many of your FRIENDS on the county fair circuit must be just falling apart on learning of your demise. The lowest a band can be and still arrogant. Amazing.

  3. Barbara Kaye-May

    I bought their cd that came out with the winner of the Rock SuperStar – it was good. My daughter went to one of the concerts they did just a couple of years ago and she loved it. Sorry to hear they will tour no more. Good luck to them in their retirement.

  4. Cynthia Carol Repsher

    That's a little uncalled for,sir.INXS is just saying they are not touring anymore period for any country,no matter what anyone thinks or feels.Yes,Michael Hutchences death dealt a hugh blow to the Band.When they formed in the beginning they became a family.When a member of any family dies,it hurts.REALLY HURTS! So they finally decided as a remaining family they should call it a day and focus on recording and selling music on a smaller scale.That's fine.But they will always be what they will be:INXS minus Michael! That settles it for me.

  5. Jason James Rubadeau

    So, these are personal friends of yours? You MUST know them, correct, mam? If not, spare me

  6. Chad Degner

    Teh band missed a real oppertunity to have some who could have brought the attention, and the power of Michael. Suzie McNeil would have stood out in contrast, as much as Michael did. I like their post Michael music, but none of it had the edge and excitment of their previous fame.

  7. Anonymous

    First Ted Nugent lifts the rock he's been under for 4 decades and thinks he's still important…now these guys lift the same rock after 3 decades and think the same. This is far from "a blow to everybody".

  8. Anonymous

    JJRubadouche – 30MM albums to your 30MM whack-offs. Hmmm… jealous much? Maybe your smarmy, wise-ass, and ever so enlightened comments will make you as famous as Perez Hilton someday. For now though, kinda just an a-hole with too much time on his hands in mom's basement.

  9. Terrence Butcher

    Frankly, Hutchence was such an essential part of the ensemble that they should have thrown in the towel after his death. They'd made their money by then, anyhow. I'm curious to know what the other members will do now.

  10. David Rolfes

    Let me guess……………'re too young to remember this band? They ROCKED the 80's and BTW if Aerosmith and the Stones are still around, why would you not think that INXS would be as well? stick to airplanes……. Embry-Riddle Boy.

  11. John Lima

    Jason James Rubadeau Like I said…..u graduate in 2105/ Dude…ur lame….20 years from now you will be defending Justin Bieber…quiet ur opinion to someting ur relevant to….like Teletubbies!

  12. Randy Manuel

    been a fan since
    " the swing" album. also have "Switch" on the ipod now

  13. Anonymous

    didn't their singer die 25 years ago and who is still going to theyre shows.

  14. Ariel Fisher

    Perhaps this raging success story will inspire THE SCENE to forge ahead without Selena Gomez. NEWSFLASH: When more than half of your hair has fallen out and your lead singer is in a pine box, it MIGHT be time for a career change.

  15. Rick Stanford

    Wow I m shocked !! The Fariss brothers will be greatly missed!! I know it s never been the same since michaels death!! God bless! Thanxs for the music!!

  16. Cynthia Carol Repsher

    He is stil playing with Tinker toys.that's why he makes such immature remarks.And No,I don't know the band,asshole.I just have more class than you when it comes to making an intelligent thought.

  17. Jason James Rubadeau

    ummm..I graduated in 1995, man..And that was my Masters. Bachelors in 93. Close, though. Only off by 22 years..Oh, you are talking about high school. In California, when you say graduate, we assume you mean mistake

  18. Jason James Rubadeau

    Hey, someone actually knows what type of College Riddle is! Right on, made my day. Actually, I'm a pilot, not an engineer

  19. Jason James Rubadeau

    And I saw them in the late 80's.They were the 80's. Isn't this the guy that died while masturbating?

  20. Allen Lewis

    No Michael Hutchence = no INXS. INXS died with Michael Hutchence in 1997. Sadly just after the release of yet another decent CD.

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