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Peter Garrett tour bound for The Gov

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Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett will play a gig in Adelaide in August to mark the launch of his new solo album, ‘A Version of Now’.

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The show at the Governor Hindmarsh on August 6 will see Garrett performing with his band The Alter Egos as part of a national tour of small pubs and clubs.

“Getting up close and physical is what live performance is all about,” the musician, environmentalist and former federal politician says in a statement.

“Being back on stage and playing these new songs will be a blast.”

Garrett’s solo album, A Version of Now, is due for release mid-July, with promoters promising it is “Peter Garrett as you’ve never heard him before”. It includes songs of love, home, memories and “relentless resistance”, with a second track from the album – “Great White Shark” – released this morning.

The touring band features musicians who played on the album, including Martin Rotsey (the Oils) on guitar, Mark Wilson (Jet) on bass and Peter Luscombe (Rockwiz, Paul Kelly, Black Sorrows) on drums. Completing the line up are Rosa Morgan (Red Ghost) on keyboards, and blues-rock singer-songwriter Abbe May, who is also opening each gig with a solo set.

Most of the songs on the album were composed while Garrett was writing his memoir, Big Blue Sky.

“As I was finishing my memoir, melodies and lines kept dropping into my head and, big surprise, I ended up writing a few songs,” he said of the album.

“Once these tunes were out in the sunlight I decided I might as well jump into a studio and record what I had along with a few other bits and pieces I’d always liked.”

Early last month, Midnight Oil announced they were planning to reunite for some shows next year – the first time they have played together since 2002, when Garrett left the band  to focus on a political career.

 

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