Aussie Vinyl recounts the Midnight Oil concert in Adelaide – Thursday, October 30th, 2017.
What a show, the band with 64-year-old Midnight Oil frontman and former Federal Member for Kingsford Smith brought a level of energy to show that would compete with artists half his age.
The way he moves across the stage makes for excellent viewing, but after more than four decades after they formed, they are one of the great live Australian acts.
With great support acts from Adelaide rockers Bad//Dreems and nineties group Spiderbait, the 11,000-strong crowd at the Adelaide Oval’s Village Green were left anticipating what was to come.
The Oils came out and opened with Redneck Wonderland, from the 1998 album of the same name and then went straight into the classic Read About It. It was clear from the beginning of the set that the crowd was going to be in for an excellent show.
After a few more songs the crowd did not start singing until the first familiar sound of protest anthem US Forces rang out and they kept singing right through Short Memory, and a rendition of Blueberry Hill, as a tribute to Fats Domino.
The last four songs of the main set took the crowd noise level to an even higher level — The Dead Heart, Beds Are Burning, Blue Sky Mining and Forgotten Years.
There was the first encore featuring Power and the Passion and Dream World, and the second encore of King of the Mountain and then they’re done.
Read About It
Too Much Sunshine
I Don’t Wanna Be The One
Earth and Sun and Moon
Stand In Line
When The Generals Talk
Minutes To Midnight
Blueberry Hill (tribute to Fats Domino)
Only The Strong
The Dead Heart
Beds Are Burning
Blue Sky Mining
Power and the Passion
King of the Mountain