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Rock icons wanted to end on a high
Rock icons wanted 'to end on a high'

INXS have confirmed that their performance at Perth Arena on Sunday night was their last.

The legendary Australian rock band issued a statement this morning via their long-time manager Chris Murphy confirming that the concert with US rockers Matchbox Twenty was their swan song, but did not rule out future recordings or re-issues of their back catalogue.

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Drummer Jon Farriss, whose on-stage comments initially sparked reports that INXS were calling it a day, said the band could have continued touring.

"We wanted it to end on a high. And it has," he said.

The five surviving members – Tim, Andrew and Jon Farriss, Kirk Pengilly and Garry Beers – released a lengthy statement thanking fans, friends and family who supported them throughout their incredible 35-year career, which never really recovered from the death of charismatic frontman Michael Hutchence in 1997.

"We understand that this must come as a blow to everybody, but all things must eventually come to an end," they said.

"We have been performing for 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."

INXS said they were proud of their record as a live powerhouse, touring relentlessly around the world during the 80s and 90s.

The band famously played to about 120,000 fans in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, and 80,000 at Wembley Stadium in the UK.

The huge demand for live shows was fuelled by the success of albums such as Listen Like Thieves, X, Welcome to Wherever You Are and, in particular, Kick.

"We lived for each other in the trenches and we loved each other," Jon Farriss said today.

"It was the six of us against the world and then suddenly and inexplicably we were but five."

Andrew Farriss, who wrote most of INXS' big hits with Hutchence, said the easiest decision would have been to quit in 1997 when their singer died rather than plough on with various lead singers.

"We never took a soft option, it was the adversity, the challenge and the struggle that forged us into the live working band we became," he said.

Earlier this year, INXS re-issued a 25th anniversary version of their best-selling album, Kick.

There have also been reports that the band were working on new material with Northern Irish songwriter Ciaran Gribbin, who sang with them at the Arena on Sunday.