With the intoxicating scent of FINALS FUCKEN FOOTY in the air, one of the great lingering questions of September apparently has an answer. There’s strong speculation that the AFL will soon confirm that Paul Kelly will serve as the headline musical act at this year’s sure-to-be mammoth AFL Grand Final.
Though the league has gone international over years past, flying both the Black Eyed Peas and The Killers out to perform pre- and post-game duties at the MCG, this year will reportedly showcase Australia’s greatest songwriter of any generation on the largest footballing stage on offer.
3AW’s The Rumour File reported earlier today that PK will be the headline act at this year’s Grand Final, and that both Dean Lewis and Tones And I have been tapped to fill roles in some capacity during proceedings. It should be noted that The Rumour File has a strong track-record of revealing AFL Grand Final acts before the league has a chance to do it themselves, correctly revealing each of the last three lineups ahead of time.
It won’t be the first time Paul Kelly has graced the hallowed MCG with his presence on Grand Final day either; the perennial hit machine joined You Am I onstage during the 2012 Grand Final pre-game entertainment.
As the headline act, it’s likely Kelly will perform both a pre-game set, and a now-traditional post-game concert on the surface of the MCG, which has become a staple for fans celebrating a premiership win. Famously, Jack Riewoldt took the stage with The Killers following Richmond’s drought-breaking 2017 flag win.
Kelly’s songbook is littered with references to football and the MCG itself; the 1987 track Leaps & Bounds directly references the MCG and the nearby Nylex silo clock. While the recently released Every Day My Mother’s Voice, a collaboration with Dan Sultan in conjunction with the Adam Goodes documentary The Final Quarter.
Play this on the AFL’s biggest stage and give me a constant picture-in-picture of Gillon McLachlan and Eddie McGuire’s stupid heads, please and thank you.
The 2019 AFL Grand Final is scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 28th.
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