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Midnight Oil planning to bow out after one more tour and album

Midnight Oil's last stand

Midnight Oil are calling it a day following the release of their 15th album, Resist, in 2022.

Peter Garrett and his bandmates have announced the project will be their last and an upcoming tour to support Resist, scheduled to begin in their native Australia in January, will be the group's final trek.

"We all know time refuses to stand still for anyone," Garrett said in a statement, "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.

"We've reached people in ways we never could have imagined. Our desire to create and speak out is undimmed. 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 album is packed with environmental messages written by Garrett, a climate change activist and former politician.

Meanwhile, the final album and tour won't necessarily be the end for Midnight Oil - a band statement reads: "Each of the members will continue their own projects over the years ahead. They remain very open to recording new music together in future and supporting causes in which they believe."

The band formed in the early 1970s and enjoyed huge hits in the 1980s with songs like Beds Are Burning and The Dead Heart.

They split in 2002 but reunited briefly in 2005 and 2009, and again in 2016.

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