Australian rock legends Midnight Oil will release a new studio album, "Capricornia," in North America in February 2002 via Liquid 8, a new label with distribution through BMG. Marking the first new, U

Australian rock legends Midnight Oil will release a new studio album, "Capricornia," in North America in February 2002 via Liquid 8, a new label with distribution through BMG. Marking the first new, U.S.-issued Oils set since 1998's "Redneck Wonderland," the set will be preceded by a single, "Golden Age."

Additionally, the Sydney-based band, best known in America for such politically-themed pop singles as 1987's "Beds Are Burning" and 1990's "Blue Sky Mine," returns to North American soil this week for a month-and-a-half of dates. An extensive tour of the United States in support of "Capricornia" is planned for the first six months of 2002.

Earlier this year, Midnight Oil was set to join fellow Aussies INXS and Men At Work for a summer package tour of North America, but withdrew for the trek do to "unforeseen circumstances." The month-long tour was subsequently canceled.

Here are Midnight Oil's tour dates:

Oct. 9-10: Los Angeles (House of Blues)
Oct. 11: San Francisco (Fillmore)
Oct. 13: Las Vegas (House of Blues)
Oct. 14: Phoenix (Celebrity Theatre)
Oct. 16: Denver (Paramount Theatre)
Oct. 19: Minneapolis (Quest)
Oct. 20-22: Chicago (House of Blues)
Oct. 23: Milwaukee (Rave)
Oct. 25: Cleveland (Odeon)
Oct. 26: Detroit (Clutch Cargo)
Oct. 27: Toronto (Warehouse)
Oct. 28: Montreal (Metropolis)
Oct. 30: Philadelphia (TLA)
Nov. 1: Old Bridge, N.J. (Birch Hill)
Nov. 2: New York (Hammerstein Ballroom)
Nov. 3: Boston (Avalon)
Nov. 5: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
Nov. 7: Atlanta (Earthlink Live)
Nov. 8: Orlando, Fla. (House of Blues)
Nov. 9: Tampa, Fla. (Janus Landing)
Nov. 11: New Orleans (House of Blues)
Nov. 14: Seattle (Showbox)
Nov. 15-16: Vancouver (Commodore Ballroom)
Nov. 17: Portland, Ore. (Roseland)