Rousing anthems should be the goal
It’s exciting to get close and play someone that brilliant
IWONDER if Paul Kelly will sing his superannuation ad at the MCG on Saturday. Probably not. It’ll make people depressed, remind them how they’re going to have to work until they’re 85 unless they want to eat cat food. And remind them that a protest song about land rights is now used to sell super. Or maybe not. Maybe there’s no connection in people’s minds. I don’t know if anyone still thinks about land rights any more.
How many footballers out there on Saturday are going to be listening to Paul Kelly in the rooms before the game? I did a rough count and came up with an estimate of none. They’d be more likely to listen to the old Sydney Swans captain Paul Kelly.
Everyone loves Paul Kelly. The singer. Look, major respect, terrific writer, but not right for AFL Grand Final day.
The rule should be, Grand Final, nothing acoustic. No troubadours. Wait, that’s not the word I meant to use there. Troubabores. That was it. No troubabores.
Paul Kelly is maybe all right if you’re having a bit of a nod off on the couch, but he’s not what you want to fire you up on a celebratory day out at the footy. We’ll never know for sure, but did he get the job because he’s mentioned the MCG in his songs? I’m going to go with yes. We can only imagine the post-mortem that went on at the AFL after Meatloaf died at last year’s Grand Final, but that doesn’t mean there can’t be another big loud divo ever again.
Plus they’ve got Tim Rogers on the bill this year. Paul Kelly and Tim Rogers are the same thing. From a distance with your eyes closed and with beer on board. Why aren’t AC/DC going to be there on Saturday? Huh? They’ve got the lane named after them You’d think that’d be enough to get them to Melbourne for free. Or virtually free, clearly playing the Grand Final isn’t a lucrative gig. The adrenalin and glory of a live audience of 90-odd thousand and a TV audience in the vicinity of two million should be payment enough. Maybe Brant Webb and Todd Russell (big football fans) can ring the Foo Fighters, get them here. That’s what it needs, a loud band with anthemic songs.
No offence Paul, you’re great when there’s a campaign on. Or even Rose Tattoo. So very rousing. And I’mfairly certain nobody watching on Saturday would’ve seen Angry Anderson espouse his colourful views about refugees on national television last month. I’m even wondering why Seven and the AFL haven’t cooked up a deal before now to have some of those X Factor children lined up to allegedly sing. As I write this I want to smash my hand in a car door, but, help me, they’re popular and right now, and I have to stop.