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One of Brisbane's best bands reforms for charity
It's the question that fans of famed Brisbane band, Powderfinger have been asking for the last 10 years since they broke up. Surely they can't have unplugged their amps forever. One day it will happen. One day the beloved "Finger" will reform. But when.

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Well their long awaited musical prayers have been answered. If something good has come from this COVID 19 pandemic it must surely be the news that Powderfinger is reforming for a special socially distanced event and will be churning out a selection of hits (albeit from a distance) for night only and everyone is invited.

The band will be performing for "One Lonely Night" and have partnered with music industry charity Support Act and mental health resource Beyond Blue to raise both awareness and money for the important work they're doing amid this crisis.

In particular, Beyond Blue is well known for providing information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

Guitarist Ian Haug described it as, "It's the gig you have when you're not really having a gig. A claytons gig! None of us will be In The same room as each other."

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Powderfinger play One Night Lonely which will feature from 7pm AEST on Saturday 23 May 2020 . You can watch it on the band's YouTube page. All original 5 members, Bernard Fanning, Jon Coghill, John Collins, Ian Haug and Darren Middleton will complete the lineup.

Powderfinger formed in Brisbane in 1989 and scooped 18 ARIA Awards over their career and topped charts with hits like "These Days" "My Happiness" and "On My Mind". They were number 1 on the prestigious Triple J Hottest 100 chart twice, and had a total of 21 entries listed. The group has also received three awards from the Australasian Performing Right Association, four Jack Awards,[4] and four Music Industry Critics' Awards. Not bad, huh.

While national and international fame, thousands in record sales and sold out tours followed, they always maintained an unrelenting commitment to their hometown of Brisbane and chose not to relocate interstate during the peak of their success.

They were a significant piece in the proud legacy of Brisbane's history of producing stellar musical homegrown talent alongside other acts from the Sunshine State including Savage Garden, The Go-Betweens and The Saints.

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Since disbanding the members have stayed involved in the music industry. Bernard Fanning and Darren Middleton have established successful solo careers, Ian Haug tours nationally and internationally with The Church, John Collins has created Brisbane music venues (The Fortitude Music Hall and The Triffid) and Jon Coghill has hosted a radio program on the Sunshine Coast. I guess you can't take away their passion and solid grounding for music.

So make sure you are part of this musical moment in rock'n'roll history by going online herefor One Night Lonely and find out for yourself what everyone has been waiting for.
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Why? Brisbane Band Powderfinger Back for One Night Lonelyity
When: 7pm
Where: Online
Cost: Free
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