Australian rock heroes Powderfinger have reformed, almost ten years on from their final show.
Next Saturday night, the band will broadcast One Night Lonely, a live-streamed concert raising money and awareness for mental health charity Beyond Blue and music industry charity Support Act.
The show is billed as “an exclusive performance from their respective home studios”, but it’s not clear how this will look and sound.
As for the One Night Lonely name, it “signifies the one-off nature of this event and points towards the very important charities the band are supporting.”
The band have not yet indicated whether they will perform more shows after this reunion.
The Brisbane band announced the news this morning, following years of speculation and pleading from their many fans.
“The five of us have been meeting regularly over the past few months to organise some Odyssey Number Five anniversary releases,” the band said in a statement today.
“The idea came up of playing together again in this unusual format which we all thought would be fun.”
Frontman Bernard Fanning told the ABC’s Zan Rowe the band’s ultimate objective is humble.
“We were trying to just put a smile on people’s faces,” Fanning said.
“As cheesy as that sounds, it’s really what we were hoping to do.”
Fanning also told the ABC the band had focused on their best-known hits for their reunion set.
“We tossed up the idea of doing something rare or something that people haven’t heard, but we decided that it was better for people to just hear songs that they love,” he said.
“Besides that, rehearsing songs that we’ve never played before by Zoom is not going to be ideal.”
Powderfinger formed in Brisbane in 1989 and released seven albums up until their split in 2010, in that time becoming one of the most successful Australian bands in history.
In their time together they sold more than one million records, won 18 ARIA Awards, topped the Hottest 100 twice (and appeared another 20-odd times), released five number one albums, and embarked on some of the biggest tours of any Australian band.
In 2018, their album Internationalist landed at number one in Double J’s list of the 50 Best Australian Albums of the 90s.
While it’s been a decade since the full band played a show, there was an almost fully fledged reunion show at the Splendour In The Grass festival in 2017.
During a solo set from frontman Bernard Fanning, fellow Powderfinger members Ian Haug, Darren Middleton and John Collins joined him on stage to play through ‘(Baby, I’ve Got You) On My Mind’ and ‘These Days’.
It will be free to watch the band’s One Night Lonely stream next Saturday night, though fans will be able to donate and learn more about the two charities.
Powderfinger play One Night Lonely from 7pm AEST on Saturday 23 May. Watch it on the band’s YouTube page.
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