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Midnight Oil Reforms Just in Time for the Age of Trump

All of Australia is talking about the return of Midnight Oil. Yes, there have been at least two reunions since their 2002 breakup (2005 and 2009), but this one is different. The difference is Donald Trump.

Here’s how it was covered by an Australian site:

This morning, iconic Australian outfit Midnight Oil announced their return to the world stage in a big way, unveiling their first global tour in more than a decade at a press conference on Sydney Harbour.

Naturally, with the tour set to include stops across South America, North America, Europe and the UK as well as New Zealand and Australia, questions were put to the band about the contemporary political climate and the potential impact of President Donald Trump’s United States on the wider world.

Although a question as to their intent (in terms of political expression) while in the US spurred mild incredulity from frontman Peter Garrett — “Maaate, come on, what sort of a question is that?!” he asked — he nonetheless used the opportunity to express hope in the ideal that such tumultuous times will inevitably inspire incendiary art and social movements.

“The effect of Trump’s America, and this is a personal view, but the effect of Trump’s America will be to bring out… it’ll bring community, whether it’s through music, whether it’s organisations, whether it’s unions, whether it’s academics, whether it’s schoolkids, whether it’s eventually farmers, whoever — it will bring those people out,” Garrett said.

You can follow up on the rest of that line of questioning at

Meanwhile, there are three new collections coming featuring 14 hours of unreleased material plus a world tour called The Great Circle Tour. This should be interesting.

Alan Cross

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