Midnight Oil announces final tour to coincide with latest studio album

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Seeing Midnight Oil live is always an exhilarating experience, whether in a sweaty pub like the old Selina’s in Coogee Beach, a New York ballroom, or under the southern skies of a winery.

But the band’s days of touring Australia and the world are coming to an end, with the legendary Aussie band announcing on Friday that their next tour will be their last.

The door was left slightly ajar for future one-off gigs “supporting causes they believe in,” the band said in a statement, “but this will be their last tour.”

The concert series will be accompanied by the release of a new album titled Resist, featuring 12 new songs recorded with the late bassist Bones Hillman.

Hillman died last year, the same week Midnight Oil’s latest album, The Makarrata Project, debuted at number one on the ARIA charts.

Midnight Oil will release their 15th album to coincide with their final tour.(Daniel Boud)

Guitarist Jim Moginie paid tribute to Hillman, noting that “a lot has happened in the last five years”.

“A lot has been accomplished and with Bones passing, a lot has been lost, so now it feels like the end of a cycle,” Moginie said.

The band say they still hope to record together, but their announcement hints that their incendiary gigs can only last as long as frontman Peter Garrett is 68 and his bandmates aren’t much younger.

“We’ve been playing intensely physical gigs since our humble beginnings in 1977 and we never want to take the slightest risk of compromising that,” Moginie said.

Garrett said the new studio album – the band’s 15th – will continue Midnight Oil’s tradition of powerful messages to match the powerful music.

“We hope that everyone who listens to this album and attends one of the concerts will come away with the future of the planet, saying ‘why stop now?'” he says.

Five men (midnight oil) standing on a red dirt road.  The road and shrubs on the side stretch to the horizon behind them
Midnight Oil’s career spans five decades.(Provided)

“We all know that time refuses to stand still for anyone, but after many years together, the spirit of the band runs deep, the music and words are strong, and our ideas and actions as bold as they come.

Bandmates Martin Rotsey and Rob Hirst paid tribute to their fans, families and crew; noting how far the band have come in 45 years of rocking not just Australia, but the world.

Midnight Oil’s final Australian tour will kick off in February next year and end in April in Sydney, with international gigs considered to be subject to COVID restrictions.

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