14 Nov 2012

INXS to tour no more

6:38 am on 14 November 2012

Australian rock group INXS has called it quits as a live touring band after 35 years.

INXS, which sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, issued a statement on Tuesday after comments by a band member during a performance in Perth on Sunday night.

"We understand that this must come as a blow to everybody, but all things must eventually come to an end," INXS members Tim, Andrew and Jon Farriss, Kirk Pengilly and Garry Beers said.

"We have been performing as 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," they added.

INXS was one of the biggest touring bands of the 1980s and 1990s, playing to 80,000 at Wembley Stadium in London and 120,000 in Rio De Janeiro. Frontman Michael Hutchence died in 1987.

Their breakthrough album Kick has sold more than 10 million copies since 1987.

Drummer Jon Farriss set the Internet abuzz on Sunday night after he told the audience in Perth that it was the last time INXS would perform together.

The group declined to comment further on Tuesday.