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Midnight Oil’s fight for the reef

IT won't be a Dave Grohl throne but Midnight Oil's Jim Moginie will be taking a seat at the band's Sydney concert in The Domain on Saturday.

The guitarist and keyboardist ripped a hamstring from the bone when he slipped and fell during the encore of the band's Melbourne concert on Wednesday.

The Oils decided to go ahead with the show after Moginie underwent tests and was advised he could play as long as he was seated.

Their homecoming concert in the Domain on Armistice Day will be preceded by the Oils At The Reef documentary on Foxtel's Max.

The conservation activists have supported the Stop Adani campaign on their Great Circle tour of Australia and staged a benefit gig to support scientific research into bleaching events on the Reef when they performed in Cairns last month.

Midnight Oil’s Jim Moginie won’t be busting any guitar moves during the Sydney gig at The Domain. Picture: PATRICK GEE
Midnight Oil’s Jim Moginie won’t be busting any guitar moves during the Sydney gig at The Domain. Picture: PATRICK GEE

Frontman Peter Garrett, a former federal environment minister and lifetime campaigner on conservation issues, said the band's musical return was always going to come with a message.

"I think if you look at the kind of really big, gnarly, tough issues that are in front of us, climate change is one of them. It's been a big part of my working life for over 30 years, the Oils have sung through it at times," he said.

"We knew the Great Circle would end up in Australia, we knew we would be coming down the coast, we knew the whole Queensland coast has this amazing natural wonder that is getting smashed by climate change and increasing ocean temperatures.

"It's the world's reef, it the aborigine's reef but it is also our reef and it felt like the natural one to do."

The band took time out from the hectic tour to visit Vlasoff Cay off Cairns with reef scientists to learn about some of their efforts to curb bleaching events and what can be done to regenerate damaged areas.

Scientists from around the world will join the Search for the Super Coral expedition to the northern Reef next week to study those corals that may hold the secret to surviving in a warming ocean.

Future plans could involve Australian households in the effort to regenerate the reef by growing the super corals in their home fishtanks.

Midnight Oil lent their loud voice to conservation efforts to save the Great Barrier Reef on tour. Picture: Foxtel.
Midnight Oil lent their loud voice to conservation efforts to save the Great Barrier Reef on tour. Picture: Foxtel.

Garrett said using the Oils reunion to highlight the climate change threat to the Reef and the potential damage from the proposed Adani mine was about "being part of the soundtrack" of protest.

"I don't know if it's about being louder, it's about being part of the soundtrack and saying "Hey look, the coal age is going to go the way of the stone age but we don't want to be dinosaurs'," he said.

"We don't want to make ourselves extinct. Renewable energy employs lots of people, it's growing rapidly, it has a strong economic future and there will be jobs for your kids.

"And by the way, if we keep increasing greenhouse pollution and don't meet our targets and warm up the planet, we will see more damage than what we are already seeing on the Great Barrier Reef which is our greatest natural asset. It's world heritage listed, it's a no brainer."

**Oils At The Reef will screen on Foxtels's MAX at midday with an encore broadcast at 5pm. **Midnight Oil perform at The Domain on Saturday, with gates open at 4.30pm with A.B. Original performing at 6.15pm, John Butler at 7.15pm and the Oils at 8.30pm.

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