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INXS Break Up After 35 Years

Band announces split midway through show in Australia

Kirk Pengilly and Ciaran Gribbin of INXS perform in Adelaide, Australia.
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November 12, 2012 8:45 AM ET

INXS are calling it quits after 35 years, the band announced onstage yesterday at a gig in Perth, Australia, according to news.com.au. The band was midway through a set opening for Matchbox Twenty when drummer Jon Farriss said the performance would be the band's last. "I'm getting teary," Farris said, before the group played "I Need You Tonight," one of its biggest hits.

Farris and his brothers Andrew and Tim Farriss formed the band with singer Michael Hutchence in 1977 in Sydney. They had grown into international stars by the mid-Eighties thanks to albums like 1985's Listen Like Thieves and 1987's Kick, a massive worldwide hit that included the singles "Devil Inside," "Never Tear Us Apart" and "Need You Tonight."

After Hutchence committed suicide in 1997, Jon Stevens took over the lead spot for a few years before the band chose new frontman J.D. Fortune through the reality TV show Rock Star: INXS. Fortune was their on-again, off-again singer before Ciaran Gribbin took over in September 2011.

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