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Drummer says Midnight Oil keen to reform for tour

Midnight Oil drummer Rob Hirst.

SYDNEY: Midnight Oil drummer Rob Hirst says members of the iconic Australian rock band are keen to reunite for a tour, but front man Peter Garret was busy writing a memoir.

"Peter's writing his memoirs at the moment, so that might take a while, but I think everyone's up for it," Hirst told Faster Louder online music magazine in an interview published on Tuesday.

The lanky, bald-headed singer, now aged 61, quit the band in 2002 to pursue a career in federal politics. He became a Cabinet minister in the previous Labor Party government before quitting Parliament at elections in September last year.

Midnight Oil was a loud, anti-establishment band that released a series of successful albums during a 26-year career. Its biggest international hit single was "Beds are Burning" from the band's 1987 album "Diesel and Dust."

The band has reformed twice for charity concerts: WaveAid in 2005 and Sound Relief in 2009.

 

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