Iconic Australian rock band Powderfinger are reuniting for a one-time-only virtual charity concert.
Titled ‘One Night Lonely’, the show is in aid of Support Act, an Australian charity that provides crisis relief to artists, roadies and others in the music industry; and Beyond Blue, a mental health support service. The gig will stream at 7pm (Australian time) on Saturday 23 May 2020 via YouTube.
Covering the Hits
The band will reportedly perform from their respective home studio spaces, and cover their best-known hits, but beyond that there isn’t much information about what to expect from the concert.
Fans of the rock legends began to speculate what was in the works when a tweet from Powderfinger’s official account went out on Wednesday 13 May, simply stating “Testing… is this thing on?” An official announcement about the gig was made the following day.
The band last played together almost a decade ago on their 2010 ‘Sunsets’ tour of Australia, which sold more than 200 000 tickets. The lineup features Bernard Fanning on vocals, Ian Haug and Darren Middleton on guitar, Jon Coghill on drums and John Collins on bass.
The motivation behind the reunion is to help out, and “put a smile on people’s faces,” according to Fanning, who was interviewed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Thursday morning. Much like fans are enjoying political betting in Australia and other at home online pastimes now, a virtual concert is sure to make any of them smile. Middleton added that they were hoping to “alleviate a little bit of something for someone out there.” Fans were pleased to hear that the band has been in regular contact over the past few months and are planning to use technology to show the world they are still performing together.
Another Charitable Endeavour
This concert is not the band’s first philanthropic endeavor. Following the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake the band performed at a WaveAid concert in Sydney, and in 2007 they performed at the Sydney Opera House to raise funds for breast cancer victims and their families.
With a 22-year-career and seven popular albums, the rockers’ induction to the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame is imminent. Over the course of their career, Like many big groups, Powderfinger have sold more than 2.5 million albums and won 18 ARIA awards, third only to Silverchair who have won 21 awards, and John Farnham, who has amassed 20. They have also topped the Hottest 100 twice (and appeared over 20 other times), released five number one albums, and toured widely.
The band, who took their name from the title of a Neil Young song, originally formed in Brisbane in 1989. ‘My Happiness’ (2000), which peaked at fourth position and also entered the US charts, is considered the bands signature song. Other hits of their include ‘Lost And Running,’ (2007, peak position 5); ‘(Baby I’ve Got You) On My Mind,’ (2003, peak position 9); ‘Sunsets’ (2004, peak position 11); and ‘All of the Dreamers,’ (2009, peak position 23).
The band has not hinted to any further performances beyond this one-off event.
To sign up to watch the ‘One Night Lonely’ virtual gig, or donate to their causes, visit the Powderfinger website.