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In this ex­clu­sive in­ter­view, Steve Flack chats with iconic INXS gui­tarist Tim Farriss.

With over 30 mil­lion records sold world­wide (in­clud­ing #1 spots in four con­ti­nents) and a per­for­mance his­tory of some 4,000 live shows to over 20 mil­lion peo­ple in al­most 50 coun­tries, it’s no doubt that – as well as ce­ment­ing them­selves as Aus­tralia’s all-time most suc­cess­ful rock band – INXS are an in­ter­na­tional jug­ger­naut.

Dur­ing the Sum­mer XS tour of 1991, INXS played Wem­b­ley Sta­dium in front of 77,000 peo­ple. At one point, Michael Hutchence told Tim to “play the f***ing riff, Timmy,” which led to Farriss be­ing nick­named The Riff Meis­ter, and later, The Riff Sher­riff. The mo­ment was cap­tured on film and CD for LiveBabyLive – manda­tory view­ing, if you’ve never seen it.

In this is­sue, you will also find a tu­to­rial look­ing at the sig­na­ture gui­tar play­ing style of INXS.

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