Halfway through the set, they left the stage. In their place, a huge multimedia show involving stock footage of Cold War era space flights and atomic bombs being detonated, all to the sounds of traditional Russian folk music. When it had finished, the band emerged at a smaller stage in the centre of the crowd, where they proceeded to rock out with even more vigour than was previously thought possible by anyone.
Lead singer Bernard Fanning, after leaving the stage for two songs, emerged onto the original stage, playing an acoustic piece.
As a performing musician, it was great to see real professionals work so hard and put on such a wonderful show. The fact that Powderfinger have been on the Australian music scene for nearly 20 years means that you would expect nothing less.