The last time Midnight Oil played a gig together they headlined a bushfire benefit concert at the MCG. But before they made it big, the band carved out a reputation slogging out on the gritty pub circuit. So there is something familiar about frontman, Peter Garrett touring his new solo album, A Version of Now, to more intimate venues this winter, including an August 6th date at the Gov in Adelaide.
For the tour, Garrett will be back by The Alter Egos, comprised primarily of musicians who played on his solo debut, including Oils’ guitarist Martin Rotsey, former Jet bassist Mark Wilson and Rockwiz drummer Peter Luscombe. Completing the outfit will be Rosa Morgan (Red Ghost) on keyboards and acclaimed blues rock artist Abbe May. In a double treat for audiences, May will also be providing the support set for the tour.
Coinciding with the tour announcement, Garrett today releases ‘Great White Shark’ the second track form the forthcoming album, which you can listen to here:
If there’s a familiar sound to the song that should come as no surprise.
“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,” Peter explains. “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.”
However, most of the material on the album was developed in more recent times, composed while Peter penned his autobiography.
Released on 15th July, A Version of Now will be available in digital, CD and formats, with iTunes pre-orders coming with an immediate download of ‘Great White Shark’ and ‘Tall Trees’.
The commemorate the release, a documentary about the album’s creation will also screen on MAX on that day at 9.30pm.
Tour details, including the gig at the Gov, can be found below, with advance purchases available today and the remaining tickets on sale from Friday June 3.
Peter Garrett & The Alter Egos – ‘A Version of Now Tour’ with special guest Abbe May (all shows except Darwin*)
For all ticketing please visit https://petergarrett.com.au/
THU 21 JULY | ARTBAR, PERTH WA
FRI 22 JULY | SETTLERS TAVERN, MARGARET RIVER WA
SAT 23 JULY | QUEENS PARK THEATRE, GERALDTON WA (ALL AGES)
FRI 29 JULY | THE TIVOLI, BRISBANE QLD
SAT 30 JUL | SOLBAR, MAROOCHYDORE QLD
SAT 06 AUG | THE GOV, ADELAIDE SA
SUN 07 AUG | DARWIN FESTIVAL, DARWIN NT (ALL AGES) w/special guest Gawurra *
THU 11 AUG | THE FACTORY THEATRE, SYDNEY NSW
FRI 12 AUG | BELMONT 16’S, BELMONT NSW
SAT 13 AUG | WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY, WOLLONGONG NSW
SUN 14 AUG | THE PLAYHOUSE, CANBERRA THEATRE CENTRE, CANBERRA ACT
WED 17 AUG | ATHENAEUM THEATRE, MELBOURNE VIC (ALL AGES)