A tribute to Shane Warne and John Farnham, bagpipes and a twinkling disco ball were featured in a packed pre-match musical performance by British singer Robbie Williams.
Williams joined Delta Goodrem in front of tens of thousands of fans preparing for the 2022 AFL Grand Final between Geelong and Sydney – the MCG’s first Grand Final in three years.
Williams was rocked as a headline performer in July, at the time, ‘G.
He and the AFL had hinted at a star-studded line-up for entertainment for the rest of the final. That led to rumors that Kylie might join Minogue in the weeks leading up to the fight.On Thursday it was confirmed that he will join the stage with another local pop star at Goodrem.
After Welcome to Country by Uncle Colin Hunter Jr., the first musical act of the day was, of course, Mike Brady performing Up There Cazaly. It wouldn’t have been the Grand Final at G without him.
Dressed in hot pink, Williams began her set on a gold podium that lowered to the ground.
As he performed his hit “Let Me Entertain You,” surrounded by gold-encrusted dancers, he made his way to the stage in the middle of “G.”
Despite some technical issues, some of the backup singers had their mics turned off to showcase rock DJs during the call-and-response.
Ahead of new album track “Lost (XXV),” Williams told the audience that they’ll be working through the “obligatory new song” together.
After an enthusiastic performance of Feel, he dedicated his next song, Angels, to cricketer Shane Warne, who died unexpectedly this year.
“I love Warney,” Williams said of a friend who called him “one of Australia’s greatest rock stars.”
It’s the second time this year that a performance of the song has flowed across the G, and Williams dedicated a video performance of the song to Warne at his state funeral.
As another nod to Australiana, he covered John Farnham’s You’re the Voice, which he called Australia’s unofficial national anthem.
A bagpipe band joined the chorus as archival images of Fernsey flooded the screen.
Williams welcomed Delta Goodrem to the stage to perform his 2000 hit, Kids, a duet with Minogue.
Wearing a shiny hot pink jumpsuit that was more eye-catching than Williams’ own outfit, Goodrem held her own during the song that ultimately put Kylie rumors to rest.
G Flip, Goanna and Temper Trap at halftime
With Geelong up 36 points at half-time, Cats supporters were able to sit back and enjoy a roll call of Australian artists performing a medley of decades-old hits.
The Temper Trap performed 2009’s iconic track Sweet Disposition and gave it a twist in 2022, featuring young artists Budjerah and Ngaiire.
Entertainer G Flip continued the throwback with an energetic cover of Jet’s 2003 song Are You Gonna Be My Girl, singing while playing drums in his signature style.
Rocker Goanna kicks off classic 1982 Solid Rock with a didgeridoo expertly played by Kalkadunga man William Barton.
Featuring frontman Shane Howard and indigenous artists Kristin Anu, Emma Donovan and Tasman Keith, the song’s message of land rights still resonates decades later. is.
The biggest game of the year was undermined by a review by Hawthorne Football Club that revealed accusations that key figures in the club had threatened young Aboriginal players and separated them from their families.
AFL has committed to an external investigation into the allegations.