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Powderfinger’s ‘One Night Lonely’ Virtual Reunion Gig Raises More than $460,000 for Charity

Powderfinger’s one-off virtual reunion gig was worth the wait, and worth more than $460,000 for local charities.

BRISBANE —Powderfinger’s one-off virtual reunion gig was worth the wait, and worth more than $460,000 ($302,000) for local charities.

After a decade-long hiatus, the Australian rock favorites regrouped Saturday (May 23) for One Night Lonely, a seven-song online set which raised funds for music industry charity Support Act and mental wellbeing support service Beyond Blue.

Presented by Secret Sounds, Universal Music Australia and streamed on YouTube, the 40-minute performance has raised 92% of its $500,000 goal, by early Tuesday (May 26).


The special performance was months in the making. The former bandmates have been meeting regularly to discuss anniversary releases around their ARIA Award-winning 2000 set Odyssey Number 5, one of five consecutive Powderfinger albums to hit No. 1 in Australia.

“The idea came up of playing together again in this unusual format which we all thought would be fun,” comments the Brisbane band in a statement. “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.”

It’s been a decade since the five-piece were an active outfit. The classic lineup of Bernard Fanning (vocals), Ian Haug (guitars), Darren Middleton (guitars), John Collins (bass) and Jon Coghill (drums) went their separate ways in 2010 with a final Sunsets lap of the country, which sold more than 200,000 tickets. Their final performance was a gig for friends and family, held Nov. 20, 2010 at The Tivoli, a 700-capacity venue in central Brisbane.


For last weekend’s one-off show, the famous five played in separate rooms. The set featured the classics “Bless My Soul,” “Sunsets,” “My Happiness,” “(Baby I’ve Got You) On My Mind,” Already Gone,” Thrilloilogy,” and “These Days” and has tallied more than 558,000 views.

The Finger, as they’re affectionately known in these parts, boast 18 ARIA Awards and three APRA Awards. It’s only a matter of time before the band is tapped for induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame.

Watch One Night Lonely below.