Have INXS broken up? The Australian rockers wrapped up an Aussie tour with Matchbox Twenty on the weekend, with reports that drummer Jon Farris told the audience that the show was the band's last.
The Australian newspaper said Farris made the announcement about two thirds of the way through the set, admitting, "I'm getting teary" before playing "Need You Tonight."
A press release is being prepared for release on Tuesday Australian time (late Monday in the USA) that is widely expected to involve confirmation of the split. Complicating the matter is the fact that saxophonist Kirk Pengilly denied the split to Mark Gable on radio station 2GO-FM Gosford. Meanwhile vocalist Ciaran Gribbin said on Facebook, "Dear friends. I know a lot of you are concerned and want clarification on what happened at the INXS gig last night in Perth. As I write this most of INXS are on a plane flying from Perth to Sydney. Please try and be patient as the Band plan to release a full statement on the subject ASAP. I’m sorry I can’t say anymore at this time and hope this helps ease a few worries and concerns. Thank you All for all the love and kind wishes."
Since the 1997 suicide of vocalist Michael Hutchence, INXS have had a series of guest vocalists (including Jon Stevens, who was once rumored to be in the running for Van Halen) and two who were intended to be more permanent (J.D. Fortune and Gribbin).