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INXS official statement: 'The touring ends, the music lives on'

As promised, the members of INXS released an official statement this morning, clarifying reports that the band was calling it quits after 35 years. The news came after band members announced on stage Sunday that they were finished. The statement, on the band's official website, doesn't exactly clarify things too much:

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

"We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all the friends and family that have supported us throughout our extensive career. Our lives have been enriched by having you all as a part of the journey."

So there will be no more INXS tours; whether they remain together and record new music isn't entirely clear. My educated guess is that they'll release some collections, but won't re-enter the studio for brand-new material.

The band said "no further comment" was coming.

Posted by Steve Spears at 8:00:19 am on November 13, 2012