Legendary Australian rock band Midnight Oil has reformed for its first global tour in more than 20 years after frontman Peter Garrett left his music career for politics and a good decade in the Labor Party as a cabinet minister. The man who sang fiercely about protecting the environment, Aboriginal rights, anti-jingoism and more — and served as president of the Australian Conservation Foundation for 10 years combined — infiltrated the policy makers and became one of them.
The tour announcement calls Midnight Oil “agitators” and says “The Great Circle 2017 World Tour (mid-April to Nov.) will see the group’s classic lineup literally circle our overheating planet for six months.” The key words aren’t “world tour” or even “classic lineup” — it’s “overheating planet.” It shows that Garrett, drummer Rob Hirst, guitarist Martin Rotsey, bassist Bones Hillman and guitarist/keyboardist Jim Moginie may be older but they’re not resigned, even if they are issues they’ve been railing about for close to 40 years.
In a Canadian exclusive, Garrett spoke with Samaritanmag from Australia.
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