INXS band manager Chris Murphy confirmed that guitarist Tim Farriss had badly injured his left hand in a boating accident last month resulting in the loss of his left ring finger. Farriss has undergone two surgeries to re-attach his finger, but permanent damage has been sustained.
The BBC reported that Farriss emailed his INXS bandmates and brothers, describing the situation as horrific.
Murphy said the INXS guitarist was home and undergoing physiotherapy to help restore movement in his hand.
“He is getting the best possible care and we hope with time he will regain movement in his finger,” Murphy said.
“This was a terrible accident, we are all here to support him.”
“I don’t know if I will be able to play properly again,” Farriss told local media.
According to The Independent, Farriss was admitted to the Royal North Shore hospital for a week after the accident. His record label confirmed that “Tim is now at home undergoing further treatment to assist with his recovery.”
Fans across the globe took to Facebook and Twitter to wish the 57-year-old founding member of INXS best wishes and a speedy recovery.
“Thank you all, I’m feeling the love and it’s really helping me get through this nightmare,” the Perth native posted on the INXS Facebook page.
Tim Farriss and his brothers, Andrew and Jon Farriss, founded INXS in 1977 in Sydney, Australia. They were joined by Kirk Pengilly, Garry Gary Beers, and front man Michael Hutchence to form the original line-up of INXS that went on to sell nearly 40 million records by 2013.
INXS achieved very little success with their self-titled debut album, but went on to score their fist number one hit in Australia with the single “Original Sin” off their fourth studio album in 1984. But it was INXS’ next album in 1985, Listen Like Thieves, that finally cracked the Top 10 in the U.S. and peaked at number five with the second single, “What You Need”.
The rest is INXS musical history with the release of Kick in 1987, the band’s most successful album that went certified platinum six times by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), with four singles placing in Top 10 spots on the U.S. charts.
After INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence’s tragic suicide in 1997, the band took a year haitus before it began to work on new material with guest singers. In November 2012, the Inquisitr reported that after 35 years together INXS was calling it quits and were no longer a touring band.
Since then, INXS has enjoyed a surge in popularity after the band released an Australian television interview special called “The Story Behind INXS” in 2014. INXS became the number one-selling band in Australia that year due to the show’s success.
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