Singer Bernard Fanning’s bandmates John Collins, Ian Haug and Darren Middleton joined him on stage during his solo set at Splendour in the Grass in 2017, punching out a handful of Powderfinger tracks, but the last time the full band performed was in late 2010 for their Sunsets Farewell tour.
We really just want to bring a smile to some people’s faces …
“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. “The idea came up of playing together again in this unusual format, which we all thought would be fun. The past few months has been a very strange time for us all and difficult days for many. We really just want to bring a smile to some people’s faces and along the way raise some funds to help our music industry mates and people who are currently experiencing mental health issues.”
Streamed on the band’s YouTube channel, the performance will also help raise funds for Support Act and Beyond Blue and be the first time since their final hometown show on Brisbane’s River Stage that they’ve rocked out songs from across their extensive catalogue, including debut album Parables for Wooden Ears and final album, Golden Rule, released in 2009.
After forming in 1989 the band broke through with their second album, 1996’s Double Allergic, including the single Pick You Up. Two years later, Internationalist brought Powderfinger even wider acclaim, topping the ARIA album charts and winning the ARIA for album of the year.
Twenty years ago, Odyssey Number Five became the band’s first album to chart in the United States and earned them another swag of ARIA awards, including 2001’s album of the year and best rock album. Vulture Street (2003), Dream Days at the Hotel Existence (2007) and Golden Rule also topped the album charts, giving Powderfinger a total of five Australian number one albums in 11 years.
Powderfinger’s One Night Only performance will be streamed live at 7pm on Saturday, May 23.