It is just over 20 years since the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in Alaska…. On May 30th, 1990, Midnight Oil interrupted its North American tour for a “special guerilla action” on the crowded Avenue of the Americas in midtown Manhattan with a live concert from the back of a flat-bed truck that eventually drew more than 10,000 people at the high noon hour. The Australian band took this chance to make public it’s feelings on the planet’s crumbling environment.
The message is clear and continues to reverberate through the canyon known as Sixth Avenue, the symbol of corporate responsibility for so many of our global problems. “What happened this morning”, says Garrett, “was just another of the things that this band has tried to do for the last decade or so. We want to take some of the issues that are in the songs back onto the streets where they belong”.
Back then, the main issue they were protesting about was the lack of accountability of those involved in the Oil Spill & also the lack of Political will & energy to get the oil cleaned up… sounds familiar somehow.