Powderfinger is an Australian rock band from Brisbane. He was formed in 1989, and since 1992 has been composed of singer Bernard Fanning, guitarists Darren Middleton and Ian Haug, bassist John Collins, and drummer Jon Coghill.
Powderfinger met with commercial success from the release of their third Internationalist studio album in 1998. Since then, they have recorded several successes that have brought them a total of fifteen ARIA Awards. Many of Powderfinger's albums have achieved platinum status several times in a row, and feature in the Australian hit charts. Odyssey Number Five, Powderfinger's best known album to this day, is named platinum platinum eight times, and wins ARIA Awards in five different categories>.
After the release of their first DVD, These Days: Live in Concert, and a compilation, Powderfinger announces a break in 2005. The announcement of their Australian tour with Silverchair entitled Across the Great Divide Tour, follows the release of their sixth studio album, Dream Days at the Hotel Existence, in June 2007.
During his sixteen-year career, Powderfinger members are actively involved in philanthropic activities. In 2005, they performed at the WaveAid concert in Sydney, to help raise funds for victims in the earthquake-affected areas of December 26, 2004. Another concert at the Sydney Opera House is organized to fund cancer victims breast and their families. The goal of their recent Across the Great Divide tour is to promote the efforts of the Reconciliation Australia Foundation and highlight the difference of seventeen years of life expectancy between Aboriginal children and others.