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Midnight Oil Announce New Album, Final Tour

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Midnight Oil. Courtesy Sony Music /

Australian rockers Midnight Oil will call it quits on their touring career after one final tour. The band has revealed their new album Resist will be followed by a final run of tour dates kicking off January 23rd and wrapping up in May.

“We all know time refuses to stand still for anyone but after many years together the band’s spirit is deep, the music and words are strong, and our ideas and actions as bold as we can make them,” frontman Peter Garrett said in a statement. “We’ve reached people in ways we never could have imagined. Our desire to create and speak out is undimmed. We hope everyone who hears this album and gets to one of the shows will come away charged up about the planet’s future, saying ‘why stop now?’. Having always tackled every tour like it’s the last – this time it actually will be.”  

Tickets for the tour go on sale December 1st. Although only Australia and New Zealand dates have been announced, the band’s website reveals a handful of international shows may be booked, depending on pandemic-related restrictions.

Although the band does not intend to tour anymore, they have not closed the door on recording in the future, saying “Each of the members will continue their own projects over the years ahead. They remain very open to recording new music together in future and supporting causes in which they believe.”

Resist, due out February 18, marks Midnight Oil’s first album since bassist Bones Hillman passed last year.

You can hear the lead single “Rising Seas” in the player below.

Resist is Midnight Oil’s 15th studio release since the band exploded out of the post-punk scene back in 1978, blazing a singular trail of blistering gigs through Australia’s pubs and clubs. In the four decades since they have created a string of classic tracks including “I Don’t Wanna Be The One”, “Power & The Passion”, “US Forces”, “Best Of Both Worlds” and “Beds Are Burning” which was ranked one of the “500 Songs That Shaped Rock’n’Roll” by the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.

Midnight Oil – Rising Seas Lyric Video

Midnight Oil Resist album cover
Midnight Oil’s new album Resist is due out February 18

Midnight Oil 2022 Tour Dates

Jan 23 – Mona Foma Festival – Launceston, TAS
Jan 25 – Mona Foma Festival – Launceston, TAS
Jan 28 – Mona Foma Festival – Hobart, TAS
Jan 31 – Mona Foma Festival – Hobart, TAS
Feb 26 – Heifer Station Wines – Orange, NSW
Mar 2 – WIN Entertainment Centre – Wollongong, NSW
Mar 5 – Mt Duneed Estate – Geelong, VIC
Mar 9 – Rod Laver Arena – Melbourne, VIC
Mar 12 – All Saints Estate – Wahgunyah, VIC
Mar 26 – Nikola Estate Winery – Middle Swan, WA
Mar 30 – Adelaide Entertainment Centre – Adelaide, SA
Apr 2 – Darwin Ampitheatre – Darwin, NT
Apr 6 – Cairns Convention Centre Arena – Carines, QLD
Apr 09 – Sunshine Coast Stadium – Sunshine Coast, QLD
Apr 13 – Riverstage – Brisbane, QLD
Apr 15 – Bluesfest – Byron Bay, NSW
Apr 19 – Stage 88 – Canberra, ACT
Apr 21 – Qudos Bank Arena – Sydney, NSW
May 7 – Christchurch Arena – NZ
May 10 – Wellington TSB Arena – NZ
May 13 – Auckland Spark Arena – NZ

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