Australia rock stars from Midnight Oil are all set to launch their first world tour in 20 years. The legends announced the 2017 world tour scheduled to begin in April. Singer Peter Garrett said that the band was feeling much fresher because of the comeback.
The Midnight Oil 2017 world tour includes performances in Australia at 18 different venues between October and November. The band’s Aussie tour will also include several regional centers. This tour will be the biggest one since the late 80s and the early 90s.
Midnight Oil announced its 2017 world tour at a press event on a rocky boat on Sydney Harbour. The tour will begin with a pub gig in Sydney. The next destinations will include Brazil, the US, Canada, Europe and New Zealand. The Aussie rock band’s tour will come to an end on November 11 at The Domain, Sydney.
There have been continuous speculations of the Midnight Oil reformation. Garrett said that the reform was not assured.
“I thought it would be great if it did [happen] but obviously I was involved in other things,” he said in Sydney on Friday while announcing the band’s tour of 2017. “Your musical heart never stops beating even if you’re doing other things. We’ve got such a charted history of making music together and it just feels incredible, walking back into the room.”
Midnight Oil Unveils Further Releases
Midnight Oil also revealed about the release of three box sets. One is a complete vinyl collection while second is the Full Tank CD collection and third is the Overflow Tank. The Full Tank CD collection will have all the albums of the band released till date along with EPS. The Overflow Tank, on the other hand, will have 14 hours of rare materials throughout four CDs and 8 DVDs, comprising unreleased works of the band.
The Midnight Oil disbanded in 2002 following the lead singer’s keen interest in developing his political career. However, the five-piece band members kept performing unofficially for specific purposes. In 2009, the members came together and performed in Sound Relief concert in Melbourne. Their participation in the concert aimed at raising funds for victims of the Black Saturday bushfires.
Midnight Oil, however, did not perform together since 2010, the ABC mentioned. The press event where the band announced its world tour 2017 was attended by politics-retired Garrett, guitarist, keyboardist and songwriter Jim Moginie, drummer Rob Hirst, guitarist Martin Rotsey, and bassist Bones Hillman.