BY BILLY SUTER
AUSTRALIAN rock band Midnight Oil, which had a big hit in the late 1980s with Beds Are Burning, is to give a single performance on Saturday, July 29, at Marks Park, Emmarentia, Johannesburg.
Tickets went on sale yesterday (April 28) for the concert, for which the support acts have still to be announced.
The Johannesburg show – for which gates open at 10am, with the concert ending at 5pm – is included as part of their group’s Great Circle World Tour, which began on April 17 in Brazil and features the band in its classic lineup.
Tickets for the Gauteng performance cost R495 (excluding a R25 ticket service fee) for standing, and R745 (excluding a R25 ticket service fee) for Golden Circle seating. To book visit http://breakout.nutickets.co.za
Midnight Oil, also known to fans as The Oils, broke up in 2002, but announced on their website, in May 2016, that they were planning to tour again in 2017.
Peter Garrett and company will take The Great Circle Tour to Canada, the US and New Zealand, and then return to Australia for shows around the country in October and November. A total of 50 gigs are planned.
Wikipedia reports that Midnight Oil originally performed as Farm, formed in 1972 with drummer Rob Hirst, bassist Andrew James and keyboard player/lead guitarist Jim Moginie.
While vocalist Peter Garrett was studying at Australian National University in Canberra, he answered an ad for a spot in Farm, and by 1975 the band was touring the east coast.
By late 1976, Garrett moved to Sydney to complete his law degree, and Farm changed its name to Midnight Oil by drawing the name out of a hat, reports Wikipedia.
The website adds that guitarist Martin Rotsey joined in 1977 and Midnight Oil, with Morris, established their own record label Powderworks, which released their debut eponymous album in November 1978, and their first single, Run By Night, followed in December.
Wikipedia adds that founding bass guitarist James, forced to leave due to illness in 1980, was replaced by Peter Gifford, who was himself replaced by Bones Hillman in 1987.
Through a long and distinguished career, the band became known for its driving hard-rock sound, intense live performances and political activism, particularly in aid of anti-nuclear, environmentalist and indigenous causes.
Australian Top 10 singles for Midnight Oil were Power and Passion, The Dead Heart, Beds Are Burning and Blue Sky Mine.
Aside from chart success, reports Wikipedia, both Power and the Passion and Beds Are Burning were listed by Australasian Performing Rights Association (Apra) in the Top 30 Best Australian Songs of all time in 2001, a chart in which Midnight Oil are the only artists to feature twice.
In December 2002, Garrett announced he would seek to further his political career and Midnight Oil disbanded.
Midnight Oil won 11 Australian Recording Industry Association (Aria) awards during its career, including induction into the Hall of Fame in 2006.