Midnight Oil’s Peter Garrett leaves a French busker gobsmacked in viral video

Midnight Oil’s Peter Garrett leaves a French busker gobsmacked after a chance encounter during a street performance

Midnight Oil have left a French fan gobsmacked in a now viral video.

Sharing the clip on Twitter, the band’s frontman Peter Garrett can be seen strolling the streets of Lyon, where Midnight Oil recently performed.

The legendary rocker, 69, had just given some change to two buskers when one of them recognised the star.

Midnight Oil have left a French fan gobsmacked in a now viral video. Pictured above

Midnight Oil have left a French fan gobsmacked in a now viral video. Pictured above 

The Aussie icon tried to slip away, but the busker stopped his own performance before racing over to Garrett.

Dressed in a casual blue shirt and a large hat, Garrett, with his trademark bald head covered, looked surprised to be spotted by a stranger.

Gripping the star’s hand warmly, the excited French performer gushed over Garrett, telling him that he had first seen Midnight Oil at age 14.

He then tried to persuade Garrett to join in a street performance.

The Aussie icon tried to slip away, but the busker stopped his own performance before racing over to Garrett to shake his hand

The Aussie icon tried to slip away, but the busker stopped his own performance before racing over to Garrett to shake his hand 

Gripping the star's hand warmly, the excited French performer gushed over Garrett, telling him that he had first seen Midnight Oil at age 14

Gripping the star’s hand warmly, the excited French performer gushed over Garrett, telling him that he had first seen Midnight Oil at age 14 

The Midnight Oil frontman refused, but added that they might be passing by in the next day or two.

Midnight Oil, who have sold over 20 million albums since releasing their first record in 1978, are undertaking a final world tour before the band retires from live performance.

Last month, they hit the stage for the third day of France’s biggest music festival, Vieilles Charrues

The street performer tried to persuade Garrett to join him in a performance

The street performer tried to persuade Garrett to join him in a performance

The singer belted out hits including Beds Are Burning and The Power and the Passion. Vieilles Charrues is the largest music festival in France, with over 200,000 people attending the multi-day event each year. 

While Garrett and the band are household words in Australia, their international success has flown under the radar for many local fans.

Their latest album No.1 Australian album Resist reached No.8 in Switzerland, No.44 in the UK on the digital albums chart and entered the top 100 in France. 

Last month the band hit the stage for the third day of France 's biggest music festival, Vieilles Charrues Pictured: Peter Garrettt (R) and drummer and Midnight Oil founder Rob Hirst

Last month the band hit the stage for the third day of France ‘s biggest music festival, Vieilles Charrues Pictured: Peter Garrettt (R) and drummer and Midnight Oil founder Rob Hirst 

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