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September 14, 2017

Postcards from New Zealand

The Great Circle passed through Aotearoa – the land of the long white cloud – over recent days for arena shows in Auckland and Christchurch. The gigs were a kind of homecoming for bass player Bones Hillman and as such the Oils busted out a cover of “Counting The Beat”. The original version of this unpolished gem had been a hit back in the early 80’s for Bones’ first well known band, The Swingers. Also unveiled as an appropriately local treat was “Shipyards of New Zealand” from Red Sails In The Sunset. It got a few live airings when the band were touring that album in 1984 but as far as the stat fiends can tell us, these were the first performances of that song since the last time the band played Christchurch back in 1988.
With all international shows officially behind them for 2017, the band’s focus now turns to the final leg – circling Australia from October 2. For all remaining tickets to these special shows please click here.


Auckland 9/9


Spark Arena 9/9


Photo: Megan Moss

Spark Arena, Auckland 9/9


Spark Arena, Auckland 9/9


Photo: Megan Moss

Spark Arena, Auckland 9/9


Spark Arena, Auckland 9/9


Spark Arena, Auckland 9/9


Photo: Jim Moginie

“Auckland Space Needle, howling in the cold night.” – JM 9/9


Photo: Jim Moginie

“After the quakes. Hope springs eternal. An amazing city in an art led recovery.” – JM, Christchurch 11/9


Photo: Jack Howard

Christchurch 11/9


Photo: Jim Moginie

“Hirst as a blur. He moves fast. Nothing new there.” – JM, Christchurch 11/9


Photo: Jack Howard

Horncastle Arena, Christchurch 11/9


Christchurch set list 11/9


Photo: Alex Grant

Horncastle Arena, Christchurch 11/9

September 4, 2017

Important info for fans attending Midnight Oil at Big Pineapple Fields (Sat 14 Oct)

Below are some important tips to make getting to and from Midnight Oil at Big Pineapple Fields on Saturday 14 October easy and enjoyable.
 
PARK & RIDE
Frontier Touring and Midnight Oil will be providing FREE return park and ride services from the following locations for concert ticket holders. You must have a concert ticket to catch the bus:
 
CALOUNDRA TURF CLUB: every 10 minutes from 3:50pm
SUNSHINE PLAZA: every 10 minutes from 3:55pm
UNIVERSITY OF SUNSHINE COAST (USC): every 10 minutes from 3:55pm
NOOSA JUNCTION: every 10 minutes from 3:55pm
NAMBOUR STATION: every 10 minutes from 3:55pm
SUNSHINE COAST CHRISTIAN COLLEGE: every 15 minutes from 3:50pm
 
We would encourage you to use these services as drop off areas are approximately 800m from the entrance.
 
DROP OFF & PICK UP
We strongly recommend that you utilise one of the park and ride stations for your drop offs and pick up. On show day there will be traffic diversions in place, the southern side of Nambour Connection road will be a no stopping zone from the Bruce Highway to Palmwood overpass. There will be a large Police presence patrolling this section of road to enforce the exclusion zone. If you do opt to be dropped off and collected at the Big Pineapple, please be prepared for possible lengthy delays and a long walk to and from the venue entrance.
 
PROHIBITED ITEMS
For information regarding prohibited items, please click here.
 
IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION
For important information regarding parking, please click here.
September 1, 2017

POSTCARDS FROM USA: PART 3

The Great Circle 2017 came to a close in the Northern Hemisphere this week, bringing the band’s total performances to an even 50 gigs so far this year. But they clearly aren’t resting on their laurels. Firstly, the band made their first ever appearance in South East Asia with a whistle-stop visit to Singapore before landing back in L.A. for one night at the famous Greek Theatre. Aptly enough for a warm summer evening, they performed “Love Life” (from the “Lasseters Gold” CD in The Overflow Tank) for the first time ever onstage. Two nights later at New York’s Terminal 5 they premiered “Heart Is Nowhere” (from the same disc) and also busted out a previously unheard cover of The Clash’s “London Calling” to celebrate the birthday of the late Joe Strummer. In Montreal they gave another Blue Sky Mining outtake – “21st Century Human” – its first live airing; perhaps helping to inspire some onstage dancing by audience members later in the show. The following nights in Toronto and Cleveland saw the Oils do very rare performances of “Can’t See Reason” and “Koala Sprint” respectively before their final tour surprise in Minneapolis where they covered Warumpi Band’s anthem “From The Bush”.

Other highlights of this tour leg included a day off at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland (where “Beds Are Burning” is enshrined as one of the “500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll”) and sharing stages with fellow Aussies The Living End and The Smith Street Band plus honorary Aussie Matt Good.

After a week back at home Midnight Oil heads to Aotearoa – their first visit there since 1995 – before finally starting their eagerly anticipated homecoming tour exactly one month from now.


Photo: Maclay Heriot

The Greek, Los Angeles 8/19


Photo: Maclay Heriot

The Greek, Los Angeles 8/19


Photo: Maclay Heriot

The Greek, Los Angeles 8/19


The Greek, Los Angeles 8/19


Terminal 5, New York City 8/21


Set list at Terminal 5, New York City 8/21


Photo: Jack Howard

Rob’s shirt post performance 8/21


Photo: Jim Moginie

Montreal soundcheck 8/23


Photo: Jim Moginie

Backstage in Montreal 8/23


Photo: Jim Moginie

“Cocktail time” – Jim Moginie 8/25


Photo: Jim Moginie

“A tale of two drummers: a joy having TLE on this leg of the tour, they are the Fab Three” – Jim Moginie 8/25


Photo: Jim Moginie

“View from the stool, Toronto” – Jim Moginie 8/25


Photo: Jack Howard

House of Blues, Cleveland 8/27


Photo: Jack Howard

A present from Glam Doll Donuts, Cleveland 8/27


Photo: Lesley Holland

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, 8/28


Photo: Jim Moginie

“Johnny and June Cash’s bus, Hall of Fame Cleveland” – Jim Moginie 8/28


Photo: Jim Moginie

“Rob and Ringo. Peace and Love.” – Jim Moginie 8/28


Photo: Jim Moginie

“Goosebumps with John Lennon’s Gibson J160 E up close. Used on ‘I Feel Fine’ (the first feedback ever recorded), wrote the songs for ‘The White Album’ in India, used on ‘Give Peace A Chance’. This machine kills fascists.” – Jim Moginie 8/28


Photo: Jack Howard

Dump Trump, Minneapolis 8/29


Photo: Lesley Holland

Midnight Oil, The Living End and Jack Howard after the final North American show, Minneapolis 8/29