Sun. Dec 5th, 2021

Four years ago in front of a large audience, Midnight Oil frontman Dylan Thomas quoted to prove to fans that the group would continue to “rage, rage, rage against the dying of light”.

Now it looks like Peter Garrett, Rob Hirst and the company are preparing to let their live performances go smoothly into the good night.

On Friday, Midnight Oil announced that the group’s concert days will end at the beginning of next year. The Resist tour, which plays across the country at major venues such as Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena and Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena, will be Midnight Oil’s final.

“We all know that time refuses to stand still for anyone, but after many years together, the spirit of the band is deep, the music and the words are strong, and our ideas and actions are as brave as we can make them,” Garrett said in a declaration. Friday by Frontier Touring.

“Always tackled every turn as if it were the last – this time it will actually be.”

In the statement, drummer Hirst paid tribute to the dozens of beloved faces he saw at every Oils concert.

“But for the most part, dazzled by stage lights, I see the first two rows of a thousand concerts: Midnight Oil fans pumping, jumping, singing louder than the band. But I do not look back.”

The band will release 12 new songs for the final Resist tour in March, including tracks recorded with longtime Kiwi bassist Bones Hillman, who died of cancer in the United States last year.

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The tour’s promoter said Midnight Oil would use the last tour to urge governments to take steps to reduce carbon pollution as soon as possible.

“This tour will embrace best practices for emission reductions and equalization,” the statement said.

“Part of the profits will be donated to organizations seeking to lift the existential threat from the climate crisis.”

After 24 years together, Midnight Oil dissolved after Garrett’s decision to pursue a political career in 2002.

When Labor led by Kevin Rudd won the 2007 election, Garrett became Minister of the Environment, Heritage and Arts

In 2009, Garrett performed with his colleagues Oils at a handful of concerts to raise money for emergency relief in Victorian bushbrand.

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The group formally reformed in 2016, three years after Garrett resigned from the ministry and announced he would retire from politics at the next election.

The following year, Midnight Oil hosted the Great Circle international tour, selling out of 77 shows in 16 countries.

Last August, the band released the song Gadigal Land, its first new single in 18 years, with the profits going to promote the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

The Makarrata Project, released in October 2020, reached number one on the Australian charts within a week of the album’s release.

Friday’s statement said each member of Midnight Oil would continue their own projects after next year’s tour.

“They remain very open to recording new music together in the future and supporting purposes that they believe in, but this will be their last tour,” Frontier said.

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