Saturday, November 02, 2019

Blind Item #4 - Kindness - Reader Blind Item

This foreign band that reunited not too long ago after a long lay-off has a deep history of activism and organizing for charity, helping the downtrodden, the natural world, stopping war, you name it. The peak of their success came several decades ago with some international hits and accompanying records.

They are most famous for the striking physical appearance and stage presence of their lead singer who has his own history of activism and charitable advocacy and even served in a political office in their home country.

Since their reunion, in between tours, the band has done a number of charity concerts including putting together one for this very large natural wonder in their home country, raising funds to prevent further destruction to it.

One charitable project they are working on which is not public knowledge yet involves purchasing land to set aside for this very marginalized group in their native country who was the inspiration for some of their most successful music.  They tried this before many years ago but couldn’t make it come together. Now they are older and wiser and better financed and it is all but done. Look for an announcement on this around the middle of next year.    

23 comments:

Cocobean said...

U2?

Tricia13 said...

Midnight Oil?

gauloise said...

Midnight Oil?

From Oz had those 80s hits about aboriginals and have reunited to tour in 2019

LJNDawson said...

I'm thinking Midnight Oil as well. There was just an article about some national landmark in Australia having a new ban against climbing it because it's considered holy. And the lead singer was a politician.

La Morena said...

Ditto Midnight Oil. Good guys ❤️

Low Key said...

Yup I thought of Midnight Oil right away, just based on their music. Good on them!

Stephie said...

I think the "very large natural wonder" is the Great Barrier Reef which is reportedly dying.

John Doe said...

To be different, I'm throwing Sting and The Police out there.

Vita said...

I believe this is Midnight Oil, as well.
Another great blind! Thanks, Reader!

Tech Tapas said...

Definitely Midnight Oil
Peter Garrett served as a member of the Australian Parliament and the group is the Australian Aboriginal people.

Troy Dyer said...

Def an Aussie band— gonna go with Silverchair to be different.
But kudos to whomever this is. 🇦🇺

kiki71 said...

God I loved DIESEL AND DUST. Great album and great guys!

imtrash.nowburnme said...

Aboriginals have the best memories. It is known.

http://www.noise11.com/news/peter-garrett-martin-rotsey-and-shane-howard-perform-at-uluru-closure-20191028

https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-03/midnight-oil-peter-garrett-aboriginal-elder-apology/9011092

Do you think the Aboriginal folks of Borroloola protested Midnight Oil performing at Uluru?
Wonder if they think the Anangu people are sellouts and hypocrites too for letting them be at the event? Meh.

Mango said...

@ Stephie - I thought Ayers rock.

Violet617 said...

I guess it's safe to say it isn't Killing Joke....

Andy said...

Ditto Midnight Oil. The comment about the singer having a striking appearance is the clue. Peter is about 6'7, no lie.

Truthseeker said...

It is def Midnight Oil Peter Garret is a member of the House of Rep in Australia

GentleBreeze said...

I've read Uluru (formerly Ayers Rock)was recently returned to the Aborigines of Australia, who then forbade climbing the sacred site.
Men at work?

P keel said...

Rage against the machine

Flashy Vic said...

Sound like precious dicks.

MCorleone said...

I was going to say SOAD but Serj has never held political office.

BardiC said...

Uluru was recently closed to foreigners at the request of the aboriginal people. Of course, all of us white folk had to go and clamber all over it instead of just leaving it alone. https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/uluru-australia-last-climb-day-intl-hnk/index.html

Must be an Aussie band. Midnight Oil seem big enough to count, especially coz INXS isn't happening anymore. Savage Garden and Silverchair don't fit the dates.

dave peters said...

I visited Uluru in 2018. I'm split on the climbing ban. You may not know, but even without the climbing ban some areas of Uluru are already off limits. If you do the walking tour, there are places (landscape) you are not supposed to film or record. There is a side of Uluru (or it may have been at nearby Kata Tjuta, another local big natural wonder) that aircraft are not supposed to allow in view. Point is, there are already restrictions in place. I sort of feel climbs should be allowed, just be better managed, require a payment (to go to the aboriginals), be restricted to healthy people, be restricted to a limited path, etc. Sensible compromise, in other words.

FWIW, I did not climb but that was forced on me by the weather conditions at the time (the path was chained due to high winds).

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