Australian rock band Midnight Oil announced their first world tour aboard a ship in Australia yesterday. It is the activist group’s first in over two decades and it is to include stops in Toronto, on May 20 at the Danforth Music Hall, and Vancouver, at the Commodore Ballroom on June 2.
Fronted by Peter Garrett, who left an earlier incarnation of the band to become a Labor Party MP and eventually Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, the Oil’s six-month Great Circle 2017 reunion tour includes the classic lineup and starts and ends with intimate pub gigs in hometown Sydney.
The group has also announced plans to release three archival boxed-sets including a collection called The Overflow Tank that will contain 14+ hours of previously unreleased material.
The tour includes 30 shows around the world during the northern summer, playing venues from Sao Paulo's Espaço das Americas and the Wiltern in LA to London's Hammersmith Apollo and The Olympia in Paris. The shows include festival stages and a return to New Zealand after 20 years. The tour will climax with 18 homecoming concerts through October and November.
The band’s now-classic catalogue of albums -- Diesel & Dust, Blue Sky Mining, and Earth & Sun & Moon – has sold over 10 million copies globally.
Further details about the tour and the new releases can be found on the band website.