The time has come: Midnight Oil announce their retirement and final tour in shock statement

Aussie rockers Midnight Oil shocked fans on Friday when they announced that they are set to embark on one final concert tour.

The group, which formed in Sydney in 1972 and fronted by former Politician and environmental activist Peter Garrett, 68, issued a statement this week but insisted the group is not separating. 

The band will hit the stage across the country in February for a string of shows on their Resist tour, to promote their album of the same name.

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Shock announcement: Aussie rockers Midnight Oil shocked fans on Friday when they announced that they are set to embark on one final concert tour. Peter Garrett and the band are seen on stage with Troy Cassar-Daley in Victoria in March

‘The band also announced that this will be their final concert tour while making it clear that this does not mean the end of the Oils,’ a statement from Mushroom group read. 

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‘Each of the members will continue their own projects over the years ahead,’ it went on. 

‘They remain very open to recording new music together in future and supporting causes in which they believe but this will be their last tour.’ 

‘The band also announced that this will be their final concert tour while making it clear that this does not mean the end of the Oils,’ a statement from Mushroom group read

In a statement, Peter said ‘time refuses to stand still for no one,’ but promises fans will walk away from their shows ‘charged up’.

‘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,’ he said in a statement. 

‘We’ve reached people in ways we never could have imagined. Our desire to create and speak out is undimmed.’

Still burning the midnight oil! In a statement, Peter said ‘time refuses to stand still for no one,’ but promises fans will walk away from their shows ‘charged up’

One final show: The band are known for hits including Blue Sky Mine and Beds are Burning. They will begin their tour in Newcastle on February 23, before heading to Orange and Wollongong

He added: ‘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.’ 

The band are known for hits including Blue Sky Mine and Beds are Burning. 

They will begin their tour in Newcastle on February 23, before heading to Orange and Wollongong. 

They will then travel around Australia and perform in places including Melbourne, Cairns and Brisbane, before a final show in Sydney at Qudos Bank Arena on April 21. 

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, December 1, to the general public. Pre-sale begins on November 30. 

Midnight Oil: The final tour

Wed 23 Feb, 2022 Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Newcastle – Lic. All Ages

Wed 02 Mar, 2022 WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong – Lic. All Ages

Wed 09 Mar, 2022 Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne – Lic. All Ages

Wed 30 Mar, 2022 Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide – Lic. All Ages

Sat 02 Apr, 2022 Darwin Amphitheatre – Lic. All Ages

Wed 06 Apr, 2022 Convention Centre Arena, Cairns – Lic. All Ages

Sat 09 Apr, 2022 Sunshine Coast Stadium, Sunshine Coast – Lic. All Ages

Wed 13 Apr, 2022 Riverstage, Brisbane – Lic. All Ages

Tue 19 Apr, 2022 Stage 88, Canberra – Lic. All Ages

Thu 21 Apr, 2022 Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney – Lic. All Ages 

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