Midnight Oil

Midnight Oil have returned:

Australian rock band Midnight Oil have announced they are reforming to play a new tour in Australia and overseas in 2017.

The five piece confirmed the tour on Wednesday and said they would announce further details later in the year. The message, posted on their website, was signed by lead singer Peter Garrett, guitarist, keyboardist and songwriter Jim Moginie, guitarist Martin Rotsey, bassist Bones Hillman and drummer Rob Hirst.

“We won’t know exactly when, where and what we’ll be doing before next January at the earliest so in the meantime please just ignore any rumours. Unless and until you hear about something from us you can safely assume that it’s not yet confirmed.

“Next year we want to make a racket just like this and we hope to see you there.”

The shows will mark the band’s first major tour since disbanding in 2002 when lead singer Peter Garrett announced he was leaving the band to focus on his political career. But the band have played several one-off shows since then including in 2009 in Canberra and at the Sound Relief concert in Melbourne in honour of the victims of the Black Saturday bushfires.

If left of center governance had not collapsed in Australia, would this have happened? Let us hope they find a way to play some dates in America.