Thousands rock out to Midnight Oil in Wollongong

Just over 4000 Midnight Oil fans from toddlers to old-timer’s packed WIN Entertainment Centre on Monday to see one of the greatest bands Australia has ever produced.

The Wollongong gig was at the tail end of the journey with just two more shows left, though their stage spirit did not wane with the boys oozing charisma with each hit they must have played thousands of times before.

Guitarist and keyboardist Jim Moginie seemed in high spirits, despite sitting out the concert – literally – with a torn hamstring

He could be seen belting out melodies from a black swivel chair, swapping between guitars and keyboards throughout the night with no hint of pain bleeding through the melodies.

The northern Illawarra musician took a nasty tumble onstage in Melbourne last week with MRI scans revealing his hammy was torn from the bone.

Rob Moginie and Peter Garrett from Midnight Oil performing at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre on Monday. Picture: Sylvia Liber

Rob Moginie and Peter Garrett from Midnight Oil performing at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre on Monday. Picture: Sylvia Liber

Regardless, The Great Circle Tour continued with crew in Midnight Oil branded white lab coats wheeling the musician on and off to his designated spot on stage.

For two hours the band played liked a well oiled machine, not a hit to be missed.

The final 30 minutes were stocked with all the party favourites like Beds Are Burning, Blue Sky Mine, Read About It (with a reference to Mercury readers), Power and the Passion and Forgotten Years.

While it wouldn’t have been an Oils show without political statements – a t-shirt calling to end violence against women, another dig at Paul Keating and marriage equality were thrown in the mix by singer Peter Garret.

Two gigs remain on the tour which began in April and has taken the band to Brazil, the US, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, the UK, France, Switzerland, South Africa, Singapore and New Zealand.