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Gribbin emotional over INXS final gig

Ciaran Gribbin performing with INXS, who have finished touring.

Co Londonderry singer Ciaran Gribbin has performed an emotional final gig with INXS, as the band reveals they have finished their last ever tour.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012
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Ciaran, also known as Joe Echo, was chosen to front INXS in September last year, after a chance meeting with the band's keyboardist.

The Castledawson man began performing in November but on Sunday night drummer Jon Farriss told the 15,000 strong crowd in the Perth Arena this would be their last date as a touring band.

They were joined on stage by Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas, and performed Don't Change during the encore.

In a statement released on Monday, band members Tim, Andrew and Jon Farriss, Kirk Pengilly and Garry Beers said after 35 years it was time to step away from the touring arena.

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

"Our music will of course live on and we will always be a part of that."

They thanked family and friends who have supported INXS and the band members said their lives had been "enriched by having you all as a part of the journey".

INXS’ touring days could never last forever. We wanted it to end on a high. And it has.

Jon Farriss

With Michael Hutchence as their frontman, INXS toured Europe, Asia and America during the 1980s and 90s, including packed stadiums at Wembley and Rio de Janeiro.

"It's been 35 years for INXS as a live touring band and unbelievably it's been 15 years ago since we lost Michael" said Jon Farriss.

"We lived for each other in the trenches and we loved each other. It was the six of us against the world and then suddenly and inexplicably we were but five. We were lost right at the moment we were on top."

The band had a series of front men after the Hutchence's death, with Ciaran Gribbin taking over as vocalist from JD Fortune.

Their single Original Sin, sung by Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas, reached number one on the Billboard dance charts, and gigs in the last three years have been well supported by fans.