Environment Minister rocks the nation

Environment Minister rocks the nation

PETER Garrett, the Environment Minister, revisited his erstwhile career as a Midnight Oil musician for the first of two warm-up gigs for Sound Relief, entertaining thousands of fans with a repertoire that included many of their classic hits.

The Oils were playing in Canberra ahead of Saturday’s Sound Relief concert in Melbourne to raise money for the Victorian bushfire victims.

Concertgoers have praised the show on online forums. “Absolutely brilliant!” one wrote. “Yeah, bloody fantastic!” another replied. “The oils have not lost it. I reckon they sounded the same as 10 years ago. One of the best live Australian rock bands of all time.”

The band indicated last week it would dip into its 30-year-old catalogue for pick and mix playlists for all three performances.

Opening with Redneck Wonderland, the Oils were in fine musical form, although Mr Garrett looked somewhat less comfortable performing than in his pre-politics days. However by the end of the first song he had got his groove back. Breaking out the harmonica for a rousing rendition of Blue Sky Mine, the minister proved he still had it.

Australian Times

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