INXS Retire

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15 years after you thought it would happen, INXS have retired.

According to The Australian, drummer Jon Farriss announced the band's retirement while they were supporting Matchbox 20 in Perth last night (Sunday November 11). Farriss said "I'm getting teary" before the band launched into their 1987 classic, 'Need You Tonight'.

Originally founded by the Farriss brothers (Jon, Tim and Andrew) and singer Michael Hutchence in 1977, the group had a legendary 20 year run before the death of Hutchence in 1997. At the time of his death, the band was already running on fumes, so it wasn't a stretch to imagine the surviving members calling it a day — famously, though, they soldiered on with vocalists like Jon Stevens and Terence Trent D'Arby, before finding Canadian singer JD Fortune through TV talent show Rock Star: INXS in 2004.

JD Fortune was with the band, off and on, until 2011, when he was replaced with Irish vocalist Ciaran Gribbin.

Over the course of their 35 year career, the band released 12 albums and a slew of classic singles (most of them coming before 1997, of course). Be sure to pour one out for the lads today.

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