Tim Farriss (right) with Rob Thomas
|Birth name||Timothy William Farriss|
16 August 1957 |
Perth, Western Australia
|Instruments||Guitar, bass guitar, Vocals, keyboards|
|Website||Tim Farriss from the INXS website|
Timothy William Farriss (born 16 August 1957) is a founding member and lead guitarist of the disbanded rock band INXS.
Early life and the formation of INXS
Tim Farriss was born in Perth, Western Australia, to Dennis and Jill Farriss, and is the oldest of four children: he has two brothers, Andrew and Jon, and a sister, Alison. He was classically trained on the guitar from the ages of eight to twelve by Peter Fredericci who played with the Australian Symphony Orchestra.
As an adolescent, Farriss attended the Forest High School in Sydney. There he quickly formed a friendship with Kirk Pengilly. Farriss (lead guitar) and Pengilly (guitar and saxophone) soon formed the band "Guinness," the eventual base and bedrock to the future internationally successful group, INXS.
During Farriss' painful recovery from an operation to remove abnormal bone growths in his legs, the result of a Hereditary Multiple Exostoses (which his brother Jon also suffers from), his brother Andrew recruited school friends and "Doctor Dolphin" band mates Garry Gary Beers (bass guitar) and Michael Hutchence (vocals).
During the Summer XS tour in 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 "Live Baby Live."
During the 2006 “Switch” tour Tim suffered a knee injury, leading to surgery and the cancellation of several performances; After a short time recuperating Farriss decided to go back on stage wearing a knee support.
On 6 February 1981, Farriss married his high school sweetheart, Bethany Anne (Buffy) Reefman and subsequently had two sons, James and Jake. INXS bandmates see Farriss as the "father figure," as he was the first to get married and to have children.
"Tim is like the ballast in the band...He's the one who gives the band a bit of leadership, a sense of unity, and he'll usually project a very practical, logical view of everything".
Farriss is a very private man who enjoys deep-sea fishing (tag and release), cricket, swimming, tennis, scuba diving, golf, snowboarding and working on the Kangaroo Valley family farm which he bought from his brother Andrew. He once served as president of the Manly Warringah District Cricket Club.
In January 2015, Farriss severed a finger whilst operating a winch on his boat. He underwent operations to attempt to reattach the finger, followed by physiotherapy. It was uncertain at the time whether he would be able to continue a musical career.
- Biography of Jon Farriss from the INXS website
- Bozza, Anthony; INXS (2005). INXS Story to Story: The Official Autobiography. Atria Books. p. 4. ISBN 0-7432-8403-8.
- He is also well known for his Tokai Talbo aluminum guitar which he played several years including the Wembley show. Band of Brothers
- Tim Farriss
- Quote by Jon Farriss taken from the INXS Lounge at rockband.com
- "INXS guitarist Tim Farriss severs finger in accident". bbc.co.uk. BBC NEWS Australia. 5 February 2015.
- INXS.com – the official INXS website
- INXS.PL – Polish INXS website
- Tim Farriss' Bio at ROCKBANDLOUNGE.COM