Midnight Oil Reunite
Midnight Oil, the Australian rock band led by the towering, hard-eyed activist Peter Garrett, started way the hell back in 1976 and found huge international success in the late ’80s and early ’90s thanks to singles like “Beds Are Burning” and “Blue Sky Mine.” They broke up in 2002 and, other than a pair of 2009 benefit shows in their Canberra hometown, they haven’t done anything together since. But now, as Billboard points out, they’ve announced on Facebook that they’ll get together for some reunion shows next year. They’ll play Australia, but they’ll also head “overseas,” which means American shows could happen. By way of announcing it, they shared a video of themselves playing “Forgotten Years” at one of those Canberra shows:
Midnight Oil headlined the second show I ever saw. It was 1994, and they played last at the WOMAD festival, after Peter Gabriel and Arrested Development and Live. I remember them being pretty good.