Australian rock 'n' roll group Jet has taken its last flight.
One of the biggest breakthrough bands to emerge from these shores in the past decade, Jet confirmed their split by way of a statement issued Monday on its Website, and the following day by their record company, EMI Australia.
"After many successful years of writing, recording and touring," the statement reads, "we wish to announce our discontinuation as a group. From the many pubs, theatres, stadiums and festivals all across the world it was the fans that made our amazing story possible and we wish to thank them all. Thank you, and goodnight."
The Melbourne four-piece - comprising brothers Nic (vocals and guitar) and Chris Chester (drums), Cam Muncey (guitar) and Mark Wilson (bass) -- will be best remembered for the hit, "Are You Gonna Be My Girl, "which was placed in an early iTunes commercial and became a global smash in 2003. "Girl" was a top 30, gold-certified hit in the U.S. , and the track laid the platform to a strong sales performance for the band's debut full-length album, "Get Born."
That album peaked at No. 1 in Australia at No. 26 on The Billboard 200, and is platinum certified in both the U.K. and the U.S. "Get Born" went on to sell an estimated four million copies worldwide, through EMI in Australia and Warner Music elsewhere. In 2004, Jet dominated the ARIA Awards, winning six gongs from seven attempts.
Another track from that album, "Cold Hard Bitch" topped the Hot Modern and Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks charts in the same year.
The hard-partying Jet seemed destined for the biggest stage, but the death of the Cesters' father in 2004 knocked the wind out of the band and caused the group to cancel numerous dates, including an evening mainstage slot at Britain's V Fest in 2004. The band's sophomore album "Shine On" opened at its peak position of 16 on The Billboard 200, but the set failed to capitalize on the success of its predecessor. Their third studio album, "Shaka Rock", opened and peaked at No. 27 on The Billboard 200, and will apparently be their last.
Shaka Rock" was released in August 2009 on the band's Real Horrorshow Records through the Five Seven Music imprint, with distribution and services through EMI Label Services in North America and the U.K. and Canada and by EMI in the rest of the world under license.