Australian band Midnight oil is an international icon and a heartwarming meeting of leaders Peter Garrett and a troubadour in France only reinforces that situation.
“Chatting with some countrymen in Lyon, France,” the band wrote on their official page Twitter page, along with an interaction scene between Garrett, 69, and a troubadour in Lyon that made both men smile. See above.
In the video, you can see Garrett walking on the boardwalk, where a guitarist and accordionist is playing and singing a song, and putting some money in their donation bag. The legendary rock player begins to walk away, but the accordionist clearly cranes his neck and widens his eyes, calling out “Peter?!” to stop him.
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In true artist style, the guitarist performing the show had to stay sane and keep playing, but the accordionist immediately gave up his gig and started walking out of the aisle. to talk to Garrett, who turned to face him while calling his name.
The accordionist, who was beaming like he couldn’t believe his eyes, shook Garrett’s hand and the duo chatted.
It’s unclear when the video was shot – the band has toured Australia, New Zealand, North America and Europe such as part of their farewell tour Against: The Ultimate Tour – but the accordionist shows up telling Garrett he’ll see him tomorrow night.
Midnight Oil performed their show at Lyon’s Grand Théâtre on July 14.
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The accordionist player, still holding Garrett’s hand, led Garrett – who was looking back and smiling for the camera – down the street to meet a young fan, who had his phone ready to hit the road.
The duo chatted a bit more, with the accordionist asking Garrett if he could “see [him] tomorrow night “or” after that”, Garrett kindly replied that he was a bit busy.
The accordionist later told Garrett that he went to his first Midnight Oil concert when he was 14 years old in Paris, and went on to tell Garrett that he was blown away by Midnight Oil afterwards and have been a fan ever since – even smitten with his brother about them back then, who seems to be the accordionist guitarist.
The two men then clapped and the video ended.
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Midnight Oil formed as Farm in 1971, and Garrett joined the band in 1975 while he was studying at the Australian National University of Canberra.
By 1976, the band changed its name to Midnight Oil after taking it out of their hats, and their 1987 hit ‘Beds Are Burning’ saw international critical acclaim.
The band wrapped up their Northern Hemisphere farewell tour and have some final shows scheduled for later this year in Australia and New Zealand.
While Against: The Ultimate Tour believed to be their last tour, Midnight Oil has confirmed that they will be continuing their musical activities together.
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