As ARIA Hall of Fame inductee Kev Carmody pondered amid his nostalgic opening set on Saturday, January 28th, the second night of the Melbourne Zoo's Twilight series: "I often wonder what the animals are thinking of us as we peer through at them."
In a rare co-headline performance, Carmody spoke of his people and ancestors, questioned President Trump and the British Queen, before delighting onlookers with "From Little Things Big Things Grow" and a haunting didgeridoo custom.
As Peter Garrett took to the stage, the charismatic and far-from-aloof Midnight Oil frontman received a warm welcome from the near-capacity crowd. While flanked by his all-star assembled band, The Alter Egos — Abby May and Oils' Martin Rotsey on guitars, Jet's Mark Wilson on bass, the Black Sorrows' Pete Luscombe on drums and keyboardist Rosa Morgan — Garrett was the centrepiece, his trademark hand-gestured grooves guiding the audience through an eclectic set that included tracks from his 2016 solo LP, A Version of Now, Oils songs and classic covers, including "Back To The Wall" and "Ego Is Not A Dirty Word".
The 63-year old frontman well and truly proving he's still got the goods. Something undoubtedly welcomed by Midnight Oil fans, as rumours continue of a 2017 tour.
All photos by Carl Neumann.