Peter Garrett to play Twilight at Taronga and Melbourne Zoo Twilights concert series

Peter Garrett has announced that he will be playing some very special shows at Taronga Zoo‘s ‘Twilight at Taronga‘ concert series (Friday 27 Jan) and Melbourne Zoo Twilight Sessions (Saturday 28 Jan) with his band The Alter Egos. Peter will be supported by the incomparable Kev Carmody at both shows.

Fan pre-sale starts this Friday 21 October at 9:00am – pre-sale links will be posted here and on Peter’s website come Friday morning. General public on-sale Tuesday 25 October 9:00am. Hope to see you there.

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Peter Garrett debuts video for ‘It Still Matters’, new album debuts top 3

A video of ‘It Still Matters’, the potent closing track to Peter Garrett’s debut album, is available for viewing here.

Directed by Paul Elliott from Light Corporation, the video is part composition of daily life and part performance, with Garrett straddling his guitar whilst delivering a passionate, spoken word vocal. As a pungent, evocative reflection on the world around us ‘It Still Matters’ should attract plenty of interest from viewers.

Peter Garrett’s solo album ‘A Version of Now’ made its debut on the national ARIA album charts at number 3 as he and his touring band The Alter Egos wrapped up the west coast leg of their national tour. Here’s what the critics are saying about the album and tour:

“A triumphant return to the stage” The Music
**** Rolling Stone
**** The Australian
“Aussie anthems with ripper, real words ringing in your ears” Stack Mag
**** The Music
**** Herald Sun
**** “A remarkable comeback gig” West Australian

Shows in Brisbane, Maroochydore, Adelaide, Sydney, Belmont, Canberra and Melbourne have sold out with a handful of tickets left for Wollongong.

Tickets to the Darwin Festival are still available.

Peter Garrett reveals ‘It Still Matters’, ‘A Version of Now’ Tour shows selling out

‘It Still Matters’, the third track from Peter Garrett’s forthcoming debut solo album, is available now as an instant grat on pre-order of ‘A Version of Now’ (released this Friday July 15).

The track reminds us of Peter’s stature as a seminal songwriter, as he delivers his inspirational lyrics with an emotive spoken word style, whilst the potency of the musicians joining Garrett on ‘A Version of Now’ is in full swing here.

“’It Still Matters’ was the last song written for the album. It was the bookend I needed to sum up the music we’d already made and to make clear how I felt about the state of play in my world and beyond.”

Peter and his touring band The Alter Egos will share his debut solo album with fans in intimate venues throughout July and August 2016.

Shows in Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne have sold out, fans in other cities are advised to get in now to avoid disappointment.

Click here for venue and ticketing information.

Notable Australian musicians spanning several generations will join Peter on his first ever solo tour, some of whom also performed on the album. Martin Rotsey from the Oils on guitar, Mark Wilson from Jet on bass and Peter Luscombe (RocKwiz, Paul Kelly, Black Sorrows) on drums. Rosa Morgan (Red Ghost) will also join on keyboards whilst WA’s Abbe May will complete the live band line-up on guitar.

With ‘Tall Trees’ and ‘Great White Shark’ already rolling around on radio airwaves, the lyrics for ‘It Still Matters’ are shared for the first time here, listen to it here.

It Still Matters (Garrett)

Watching the parade on the news last night
I was one that walked that road before
When everything feels like its crumbling
Like the writing’s on the wall 

But dreams are broken, mended and they scatter
Like seeds they fall and then the fruit is gathered
It always was and always will, be a struggle to fulfil
Stay strong and heed the call 

It still matters to me
I hope it matters to you 

First principles: concrete action reconciliation no more talking fix the system stop keep it strong and give it purpose stop complaining look at nurses, there’s no material privation in the fine open cut nation, blinded by the infant me whose appetite is never filled, whose appetite is never filled till every living thing is killed, whilst the selfish few still fight for more in a planet smashing selfish war.

We all take an escalator to that Woolies in the sky
To reprise Dante’s inferno no longer in disguise 

Across a windswept open plain some still go against the grain, against the waste the opulence, subtle, sneaking, creeping up on ya, breaking bread on the riverbank, washing nappies at the water tank, happy clappy days are numbered, tumblr grindr drag you under, mixed emotions cost us dearly, years of self-absorption really, electric cars and white gazebos, gadgets that can’t save our world where one side has an excavator the other has a wooden spoon, self-centred slick celebrities are crowding out the room, it is obvious inglorious self-evident laborious, so tame this monster once and for all, name it shame it rearrange it, so the dream becomes the real and we can feel and we can see

Now in this moment we oppose it, we’ll deplore it, we’ll repose it, reimagine recompose, make it happen now make it close

Because this is dignity, there is hope, there is light at the end of the road, and it still matters to me I hope it matters to you

A documentary about the album’s creation will screen on MAX tomorrow, Tuesday July 12 at 9.30pm.

Waverley Mayor Sally Betts says $38m Bondi Pavilion upgrade will go back to community for feedback

Waverley Mayor Sally Betts says $38m Bondi Pavilion upgrade will go back to community for feedback

THE community will get another chance to comment on the $38 million upgrade of Bondi Pavilion, with Waverley Mayor Sally Betts saying she is prepared to “slow down” the process.

Peter Garrett: solo album ‘A Version of Now’ leads Midnight Oil comeback – Iain Shedden, The Australian

Peter Garrett: solo album ‘A Version of Now’ leads Midnight Oil comeback – Iain Shedden, The Australian

No one has ever looked more relaxed and comfortable. Sitting on a sofa sipping tea, he is a formidable, familiar figure, happily taking stock of his life against the backdrop of a Sydney recording studio. In this chamber there is no opposition to shout him down, no policies on a knife edge, no Kevin Rudd. All that could cause a commotion here are the amplifiers, the microphones, the mixing desk and, of course, the man himself. Peter Garrett has come home.

Yothu Yindi’s ‘Treaty’ – Double J

Yothu Yindi’s ‘Treaty’ – Double J

Yothu Yindi were one of the first bands to bring the music, the stories and the issues of Indigenous Australia to the world with their energetic and beautiful music. Peter Garrett contributes some words to this feature on Double J, celebrating 25 years since the release of this landmark Australian song.

Peter Garrett announces Australian Tour + ‘A Version of Now’ pre-order available now

Peter Garrett has just announced an intimate Australian tour in support of his forthcoming solo album ‘A Version of Now’.

These special gigs will see Peter playing small clubs and theatres for the first time since Midnight Oil’s gritty pub rock era. Limited tickets are available from today for people who have signed up to his mailing list or who have liked Midnight Oil’s Facebook page. All remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday June 3. Venue and ticketing information is listed below.

On the forthcoming tour, Peter said: “Getting up close and physical is what live performance is all about. Being back on stage and playing these new songs will be a blast.”

Throughout this tour, the iconic frontman will be backed by an all-star band that he’s christened ‘The Alter Egos’. The line-up features nearly all of the people who played on Peter’s forthcoming solo album ‘A Version of Now’– Martin Rotsey from the Oils on guitar, Mark Wilson from Jet on bass and Peter Luscombe (Rockwiz, Paul Kelly, Black Sorrows) on drums. Rosa Morgan (Red Ghost) will also join on keyboards, stepping in for The Jezabels’ Heather Shannon who played on the recordings but is currently unable to tour.

Acclaimed WA blues rock singer-songwriter Abbe May will be pulling a double shift on the ‘A Version of Now’ Tour. In addition to completing The Alter Egos line-up onstage as they play with Peter Garrett, Abbe will also be opening each gig with a powerful solo set on all dates except Darwin.

Darwin fans will see Abbe perform as part of The Alter Egos as Peter will be supported by the NT’s own Gawurra whose stunning debut album ‘Ratja Yaliyali’ has been commanding national attention.

This tour announcement coincides with the release of a new Peter Garrett track – ‘Great White Shark’ – which debuted on Australian radio and iTunes this morning. You can hear it here.

This raucous second taste of his forthcoming solo album was spawned some time ago, as Peter explains: “Great White Shark originally surfaced when working with my Oils band mates Martin and Jim but it was never recorded as it just didn’t fit at the time. It was filed away in the back of my mind as a track I’d felt I’d like to revisit and ended up working well with what was happening in the studio sessions for my solo album.”

Most of the songs on ‘A Version of Now’ were composed recently as Peter penned his autobiography.

Although this tune largely hails from an earlier era, its themes of physical and moral extinction remain all too relevant. The song’s raw sounds and sentiments dovetail well with the rest of the new album as its main rallying cry makes abundantly clear … “I want to be whole and I want to be free!”

‘A Version of Now’ will be released globally in digital formats on July 15. A CD and LP will also be released in Australia on that date. As of today the album can be pre-ordered via all good music retailers, and those who pre-order via iTunes will immediately receive the songs ‘Tall Trees’ and ‘Great White Shark’.

A documentary about the album’s creation will screen on MAX on Tuesday July 15 at 9.30pm. Meanwhile dates and venues for the ‘A Version of Now’ tour are outlined below. All shows are presented by Triple M, MAX and Select Music.


w/special Guest Abbe May (
all shows except Darwin*)

On sale now, click here for tickets to all shows.

Thu 21 July – Artbar, PERTH WA Tickets
Fri 22 July – Settlers Tavern, MARGARET RIVER WA Tickets
Sat 23 July – Queens Park Theatre, GERALDTON WA (All Ages) Tickets
Fri 29 July – The Tivoli, BRISBANE QLD Tickets
Sat 30 July – Solbar, MAROOCHYDORE QLD Tickets
Sat 06 Aug – The Gov, ADELAIDE SA SOLD OUT
Sun 07 Aug – Darwin Festival, DARWIN NT (All Ages) Tickets
Thu 11 Aug – The Factory Theatre, SYDNEY NSW Tickets
Fri 12 Aug – Belmont 16s, BELMONT NSW Tickets
Sat 13 Aug – University Of Wollongong, WOLLONGONG NSW Tickets
Sun 14 Aug – The Playhouse, CANBERRA ACT Tickets
Wed 17 Aug – Athenaeum Theatre, MELBOURNE VIC (All Ages) Tickets


Pre-orders are available now from here, stay tuned to for further info

For the diary: ‘Peter Garrett: A Version of Now (The Full Story)’, premieres exclusively on MAX at 9:30pm on Tuesday July 12th 2016


New album ‘A Version of Now’ out Friday 15 July

After nearly 15 years away from the recording studio, Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett today announces the details of his debut solo album, ’A Version of Now’. The chorus of the opening track ‘Tall Trees’ – really says it all … “I’m back!”.

As the singer, songwriter, and former politician explains, this is a particularly personal project and one which initially happened by accident.

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

‘A Version of Now’ will be released on Friday July 15th through Sony Music Entertainment Australia while ‘Tall Trees’, the first taste from the album is being released digitally today.

In true Garrett style the nine songs on ‘A Version of Now’ are an uncompromisingly direct set of tunes. They were tracked over just a few weeks last January at Rancom Street studios in Botany (Sydney) with Canadian born musician and acclaimed producer Burke Reid (Courtney Barnett, The Drones, Sarah Blasko and more). Mixing happened at Harry Vanda’s Hercules Studios shortly thereafter making for a raw collection of frank and fearless songs.

“I wanted to capture my version of now” says Garrett when asked to explain the album title. “The songs are reflections of turbulent decades on the rack, and the people and things that meant the most to me.”

The core band involved in making the album was Martin Rotsey (Midnight Oil) on guitar with Pete Luscombe (RockWiz, Paul Kelly) on drums and Mark Wilson (Jet) on bass. Heather Shannon (The Jezabels) and Jamie Hutchings (Bluebottle Kiss) joined in too as did all three of Peter’s daughters – Emily, May and Grace – who sang and played on some of the key tracks.

‘A Version of Now’ takes the listener on a candid remembrance trail; the tone both stridently distinctive and unexpectedly tender, as one of the greatest front men in Australian rock reflects on his motives, his losses and gains and finds his resolve – surprise — utterly unbowed.

This is Peter Garrett as you’ve never heard him. Songs of love, songs of home and sweet memories chafe against songs of relentless resistance with, as ever, a steely eye on a better future.



Stay tuned to for further info 

‘Tall Trees’, the first taste from the album, is available in Australia today. You can grab a copy of the song or listen to it here.

‘A Version of Now’ will be available to pre-order worldwide from May 30, which will include an instant download of ‘Tall Trees’.

For the diary: ‘Peter Garrett: A Version of Now (The Full Story)’, premieres exclusively on MAX at 9:30pm on Tuesday July 12th 2016

Big Ideas on ABC RN

Big Ideas on ABC RN

Peter Garrett has returned to music, tinkering with some new songs. He talks to Paul Barclay about his life’s passions: music, politics, the environment and Indigenous Australia.

Listen to the interview with Paul Barclay

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Tone deaf to women.
Barnaby Joyce.
Turbo charged rorts, no remorse.
No corruption commission.
No real climate action.
Contempt for arts & culture.
No vision - we’re becoming a hard heart nation.

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