The only thing better than Richmond winning their second premiership in three years is Jack Riewoldt giving us an encore to his iconic 2017 Mr. Brightside performance.
The Tigers star belted out the classic track alongside The Killers on stage at the MCG after the team’s 2017 victory, so naturally, he had to give us an encore after yesterday’s win.
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Despite his wife banning him from ever singing the song again, Riewoldt yeeted himself up on stage at what looks like a local bar to give the people what they wanted. An encore of the greatest musical performance of all time, sorry Freddie Mercury.
Although The Killers weren’t picked for this year’s entertainment package, it appears they were still there in spirit for Riewoldt, and I’m sure fans were missing them too.
Footy fans weren’t exactly stoked with Dean Lewis‘ performance at this year’s Grand Final, but I don’t think that’s a reflection of him at all. Dean Lewis is a great performer, but AFL fans want true-blue Aussie yahoo-ing music. Footy fans want Paul Kelly, ACDC, Meatloaf. Honestly, I think footy fans would’ve been happier with a Jack Riewoldt performance for pre-game entertainment. Unfortunately, this just wasn’t the crowd for poor Dean Lewis, despite his incredible musical talent.
Riewoldt’s 2017 performance alongside frontman Brandon Flowers went viral on social media, and for good reason. This man is a true performer.
Honestly, I’m a little sad that Riewoldt didn’t get up on stage with Paul Kelly to belt out his own rendition of Dumb Things or To Her Door.
The 30-year-old full forward has been playing since 2007 and is contracted with the Tigers until the end of the 2021 season, so we might get two more Mr. Brightside’s out of him before he hangs up the boots for good.
I’m pretty sure Jack Riewoldt is legally obligated to give us a Grand Final performance every time Richmond win a premiership for the rest of his life. Sorry, Jack. I don’t make the rules, I just enforce them.Image: Getty Images / Quinn Rooney