A tribute to cricket legend Shane Warne, bagpipes and sparkly disco balls have featured in a jam-packed pre-match musical efficiency by UK singer Robbie Williams.
Williams was joined by Delta Goodrem in entrance of tens of hundreds of followers readying for the 2022 AFL grand ultimate between Geelong and Sydney.
Williams was locked in because the headline performer again in July, saying on the time he was “so excited” to be performing on the MCG.
He and the AFL had teased a star-studded line-up for the remainder of the ultimate’s leisure, which within the weeks main as much as the sport led to rumors he may be joined by Kylie Minogue.
It was confirmed on Thursday he can be joined on stage by one other homegrown pop star in Goodrem.
After a Welcome to Nation by Uncle Colin Hunter Jr, the day’s first musical act was, after all, Mike Brady performing Up There Cazaly.
It would not be a grand finale on the ‘G with out him.
Wearing sizzling pink, Williams began his set atop a gold podium which descended all the way down to floor stage.
As he carried out hit Let Me Entertain You, surrounded by gold-clad dancers, he made his approach to the stage in the course of the ‘G.
Regardless of a number of minor technical hiccups – some backup singers’ microphones have been off for a call-and-response introduction to Rock DJ — Williams and his spandex-covered dancers commanded the group.
Forward of recent album observe Misplaced (XXV), Williams advised the group they might get via the “compulsory new track” collectively.
After a rousing rendition of Really feel, I’ve devoted subsequent track Angels to cricketer Shane Warne, who died unexpectedly this yr.
“Love you Warney,” Williams mentioned of his good friend, who he known as “one in all Australia’s best rockstars.”
It was the second time this yr a rendition of the track ran out throughout the ‘G, with Williams dedicating a video efficiency of the track to Warne throughout his state funeral.
In one other node to Australiana, he then coated John Farnham’s You are the Voice, which he known as the unofficial nationwide anthem of Australia.
A bagpipe band joined the refrain as archive photos of Farnsy flooded the display.
He welcomed Delta Goodrem on stage for a rendition of the 2000 hit Children — a duet he initially carried out with Minogue.
In a shiny sizzling pink jumpsuit much more eye-catching than Williams’s personal getup, Goodrem held her personal in the course of the track that lastly quashed the Kylie rumours.
From there, all eyes have been on the true occasion, with rigidity constructing because the umpires entered, the ball was delivered and the groups made their approach onto the hallowed turf.
The nationwide anthem was carried out by ARIA-winner Katie Noonan after Premiership Cup Ambassador Bachar Houli delivered the 2022 Premiership Cup.
The half-time leisure boasts large names like G Flip, The Mood Lure that includes Budjerah and Ngaiire, Goanna with Shane Howard, Christine Anu, Emma Donovan, Tasman Keith and William Barton and The Australian Women Choir.
The vitality was excessive on the MCG for the primary grand ultimate in Melbourne in three years.
The largest sport of the yr has been marred by a overview by the Hawthorn Soccer Membership which unearthed accusations that key figures on the membership intimidated and separated younger First Nations gamers from their households.
The AFL has dedicated to an exterior investigation into the allegations.