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Peter Garrett Midnight Oil 6 November 2017. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Peter Garrett Midnight Oil 6 November 2017. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Midnight Oil debut ‘Tarkine’, their first new song since 2002

by Paul Cashmere on May 24, 2019

in News

Midnight Oil have debuted their first song since 2002 at their warm-up show in Wollongong on Thursday night.

The Oils have regrouped for a UK / European tour starting 2 June in Manchester and scheduled two warm-up shows at Anita’s in Thirroul last night and for Canberra next Monday.

The surprise at the ‘Gong show was the new song ‘Tarkine’, the first new music from Midnight Oil since their last studio album ‘Capricornia’ in 2002.

Rob Hirst announced, “a new song,” to which Peter Garrett added “if anyone films it and puts it on YouTube you’re dead meat”. Of course, it was on YouTube minutes after the show

The Oil’s Wollongong show shared rarities with ‘Knife’s Edge’ and ‘Dust’ not performed live in over 30 years. ‘Antarctica’ was dedicated to Bob Hawke.

Midnight Oil setlist, Anita’s Wollongong, 23 May 2019

Run By Night (from Midnight Oil, 1978)
Knife’s Edge (from Bird Noises, 1980)
Safety Chain Blues (from Redneck Wonderland, 1998)
Don’t Wanna Be the One (from Place Without A Postcode, 1981)
Dust (from Midnight Oil, 1978)
Tin Legs and Tin Mines (from 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1, 1982)
Bullroarer (from Diesel and Dust, 1987)
King of the Mountain (from Blue Sky Mining, 1990)
Concrete (from Redneck Wonderland, 1998)
Antarctica (from Blue Sky Mining, 1990)
Feeding Frenzy (from Earth and Sun and Moon, 1993)
Short Memory (from 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1, 1982)
My Country (from Earth and Sun and Moon, 1993)
Luritja Way (from Capricornia, 2002)
Tarkine (new)
Dreamworld (from Diesel and Dust, 1987)
The Dead Heart (from Diesel and Dust, 1987)
Blue Sky Mine (from Blue Sky Mining, 1990)
Power and the Passion (from 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1, 1982)
Forgotten Years (from Blue Sky Mining, 1990)

US Forces (from 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1, 1982)
Only the Strong (from 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1, 1982)

Encore 2:
Beds Are Burning (from Diesel and Dust, 1987)
Best of Both Worlds (from Red Sails in the Sunset, 1984)

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