Did the Blue Sky Mining Company or the sugar refining company ever actually save Midnight Oil? We’ll probably never know. But what we do know is that the much-loved Down Under band are getting back together in the not-too-distant future.
This morning, Midnight Oil confirmed via their Facebook page that they’re reuniting for a series of shows in their homeland and across the sea next year. This will mark the first time they have been on the road in seven years, and their first jaunt since they broke up in 2002.
Quoth the band: “We wanted you to be the first to know that the five of us are planning to do some gigs in Australia and overseas during 2017.” On their website, they posted an additional message: “We won’t know exactly when, where and what we’ll be doing before next January at the earliest, so in the meantime, please ignore any rumours.”
Ever since frontman Peter Garrett stepped down from politics — he was Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and The Arts from 2007 until 2010, and Education Minister from 2010 until 2013 — there has been talk among Midnight Oil fans of a band reunion. And in fact, along with the tour, there may even be new music, including a solo Peter Garrett album in July, according to the Tweetverse.
Last year, Garrett published his autobiography and began writing songs again for the first time in about ten years. He also indicated that he was open to a reunion with the rest of the band members, all of whom are pursuing other endeavors. “We get on, we had an incredible career together. We did play when I was a minister, we did a couple of big benefit shows. I was surprised to find the creative juices were still flowing when I finished this book, so who knows.”