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

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

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Midnight Oil has stunned a French fan in a now viral video.

The band’s frontman, Peter Garrett, shares the clip on Twitter and strolls 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 recognized the star.

Midnight Oil has stunned a French fan in a now viral video.  Pictured above

Midnight Oil has stunned a French fan in a now viral video. Pictured above

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

Garrett, dressed in a casual blue shirt and large hat, with his trademark bald head covered, looked surprised when he was noticed by a stranger.

The excited French performer grabbed the star’s hand warmly and gushed over Garrett, telling him he’d first seen Midnight Oil at the age of 14.

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

The Australian icon tried to slip away, but the busker stopped performing his own performance before running to shake Garrett's hand

The Australian icon tried to slip away, but the busker stopped performing his own performance before running to shake Garrett's hand

The Australian icon tried to slip away, but the busker stopped performing his own performance before running to shake Garrett’s hand

The excited French performer grabbed the star's hand warmly and gushed over Garrett, telling him he'd first seen Midnight Oil at the age of 14.

The excited French performer grabbed the star's hand warmly and gushed over Garrett, telling him he'd first seen Midnight Oil at the age of 14.

The excited French performer grabbed the star’s hand warmly and gushed over Garrett, telling him he’d first seen Midnight Oil at the age of 14.

The Midnight Oil frontman declined, but added that they might drop by the next day or two.

Midnight Oil, which has sold more than 20 million albums since the release of their first record in 1978, is making one last world tour before the band stops performing live.

Last month they have take the stage for France’s third day largest music festival, Vieilles Charrues

The street performer tried to persuade Garrett to join a performance

The street performer tried to persuade Garrett to join a performance

The street performer tried to persuade Garrett to join a performance

The singer scored hits such as Beds Are Burning and The Power and the Passion. Vieilles Charrues is France’s largest music festival, with over 200,000 people attending the multi-day event every year.

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

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

Last month, the band took 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 took 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 took 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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