“Your musical heart never stops beating even if you're doing other things.” – Peter Garrett
And that’s why the Australian quintet Midnight Oil announced their first world tour in almost two decades. Titled “The Great Circle”, the trek sold-out Midnight Oil tickets in its 2017 South American leg and soaring sales are expected as the band announces more dates. North America, Europe and New Zealand, will most definitely get additional shows as the fans can’t get enough of these passionate rockers.
Theirs is one of the most exciting comebacks as the band remerged with the same social potency and rock muscle that they had during their twilight years. Midnight Oil is making the most of this opportunity and feels that they couldn’t sound better than this. According to Garrett, “I think we’ve never felt better, fresher, nastier, sweeter and more energetic”.
Midnight Oil – Power & the Passion
More than three decades into their extraordinary career, Midnight Oil remains one of the most iconic rock bands to emerge from Australia. Forging a stellar run, the band found mainstream success as both a political ensemble and a hit machine. Fondly known as The Oils, they have treated the fans to classic chartbusters like “Beds Are Burning”, “Power and the Passion”, “Redneck Wonderland” and “Cold, Cold Change”.
The seeds of Midnight Oil were sown in 1970 when the guitarist Jim Moginie and bassist Andrew ‘Bear’ James jammed at a local venue in Turramurra. In 1971, the duo was joined by the vocalist and drummer Rob Hirst and they took the stage as a cover band called Schwampy Moose. Mostly playing The Beatles songs, they gained a lot of confidence and attracted a lot of listeners.
By the time 1976 rolled in, the band was rechristened as the Midnight Oil. Martin Rotsey landed in the side as the guitarist, Peter Garrett as the lead vocalist and Gary Morris as the manager.
Gaining a cult following, Midnight Oil tour tickets recorded impressive sales when the band decided to take their music for a road spin. But even as they successfully toured along the eastern coast of Australia, they couldn’t get a record label interested in them. The members decided to form their own label and in 1977 Powderworks Records was launched.
A year later, Midnight Oil’s self-titled album hit the shelves and broke through the Australian charts. Featuring Garrett’s powerful baritone vocals and guitar driven melodies, the band was able to create ample buzz. It landed them a deal with Columbia Records.
The Oils’ Juggernauts Amp Up the Action
With their sophomore release “Head Injuries”, Midnight Oil took their music to the next level. A blend of fast-paced, tightly arranged rock numbers and driving drumming and guitaring helped the band take their music beyond the borders of Australia.
1981’s “Place without a Postcard” presented more growing pains than evolution as Midnight Oil struggled to stretch their music muscles. Transcending towards pop style, the album lacked energy and received mix review from the fans and critics alike.
In 1982, Midnight Oil made their American debut with the album “10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1”. The band once again showed their adventurous side and this time they were able to create an impact. The single “Power and the Passion” peaked on the charts and “Rose Tattoo” also gained popularity as hard-hitting number.
According to the critics, The Oil’s sixth album “Diesel and Dust” is their best work yet. A groundbreaking effort, it produced compelling music including the hit track “Beds Are Burning”. The band’s energetic presence, strong lyrical beliefs and melodious approach helped the album crack through the music charts, including Billboard 200. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked it at number 13 on its “100 best albums of the 1980s” list.
Following the release of their 2002 album “Capricornia”, the band members went their separate ways. In 2009, they briefly joined forces for some live shows and later once again embarked on their solo careers.
Reformation & Tour
Much to their fans’ excitement, Midnight Oil announced a reunion in 2016 and put a stamp on it with their “The Great Circle” 2017 tour.
With most of the concerts wrapped up and thousands of Midnight Oil tour tickets sold, the band is likely to announce fresh dates. For Peter Garrett, Rob Hirst, Jim Moginie, Martin Rotsey and Bones Hillman, returning to the live stage was an incredible experience.
Performing in front of a younger and new generation, Midnight Oil was pleasantly surprised by the response they got. Riding the beast again, the band has come up with a setlist that will keep the fans energized throughout the show. Their concerts are not just a reflection of their passionate commitment to social, environmental and indigenous rights, but also of the riotous era of club-pub rock.
Bringing the house down with their relentless power, the Midnight Oil tickets holders will get to witness the band’s coiled-spring energy. The Oils were anticipating mass audience – they mobilized, they delivered, they conquered.