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Australian Tour 1981

I have very little information about this tour. I know that Rodriguez toured with Midnight Oil and that the album Alive, recorded in 1979, was released to coincide with this tour.

Midnight Oil: I feel that Midnight Oil is a top band. I first watched them perform in 1981. I witnessed their powerful stage performance at past two in the morning in the freezing cold of the Australian wind. It was so cold that as Peter Garrett performed steam was rising from his head. It was almost phantom-like. He is musical, political and international. I also love the Stones. For me, Mick Jagger is king, but Peter Garrett is also high on the list of music aristocracy. I've been lucky to have been backstage with Midnight Oil on several occasions. We were on the same bill in Australia in 1981 ... it was a trip!
- Rodriguez, 1997
Canberra: I went to see Rodriguez in 1981, it was in Canberra at the Canberra Theatre. He appeared on stage with a support guitarist who's name escapes me. There was no support acts at all, just Rodriguez. I remember it being an eerie/ chilling experience listening to this extrordinary artist.
- Mark Hohmuth, August 2000

Ticket supplied by Mark Hohmuth

Midnight Oil's tour dates for their 1981 tour supplied by Oilbase - The Midnight Oil Information Site.

    Midnight Oil - The Scorching Of The Earth Tour

  • Wed 09 Sep : NSW Country
  • Thu 10 Sep : NSW Country
  • Fri 11 Sep : Canberra; ANU Refectory
  • Sat 12 Sep : Narrabeen; Royal Antler Hotel
  • Sun 13 Sep : NSW Country
  • Mon 14 Sep : NSW Country
  • Tue 15 Sep : NSW Country
  • Thu 17 Sep : Bendigo Showgrounds
  • Sat 19 Sep : Chateau Commodore
  • Sun 20 Sep : Melbourne; Melbourne University
  • Tue 22 Sep : Melbourne; Prospect Hill Hotel
  • Wed 23 Sep : Melbourne; Ferntree Gully Hotel
  • Fri 25 Sep : Adelaide; Stagedoor Shandon Hotel
  • Sat 26 Sep : Adelaide; Bridgeway Hotel
  • Wed 30 Sep : Sydney
  • Thu 01 Oct : Sydney
  • Wed 07 Oct : Brisbane
  • Thu 08 Oct : Brisbane
  • Fri 09 Oct : Brisbane
  • Sat 10 Oct : Brisbane
  • Sun 11 Oct : Brisbane
  • Wed 14 Oct : Melbourne
  • Thu 15 Oct : Melbourne
  • Fri 16 Oct : Melbourne
  • Sat 17 Oct : Melbourne
  • Sun 18 Oct : Melbourne
  • Mon 19 Oct : Melbourne
  • Tue 20 Oct : Melbourne
  • Wed 21 Oct : Melbourne
  • Fri 23 Oct : Sydney
  • Sat 24 Oct : Sydney
  • Sun 25 Oct : Sydney

Sorry, that's all I got!

The Tours

Australia 1979
Australia 1981
South Africa 1998
Sweden 1998
Blues Room 1998
South Africa 2001
Namibia 2004
Garden Route 2004
South Africa 2005
London 2005
London 2006
Australia 2007
Rotterdam 2007


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