Pre-match entertainment at Optus Stadium was more extreme than usual, and it didn’t take long for the Panther to gag and unload.
This became a hot topic every year, and enthusiastic fans quickly responded to this year’s pre-match entertainment before the AFL Grand Final in Perth. It is widely welcomed as one of the best experiences in recent memory.
Mike Brady played his iconic football song That’s Kazari — Virtually — His footage of singing and playing the guitar in an empty Melbourne was broadcast at Optus Stadiums and lounge rooms across the country.
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There were many jokes about the start of entertainment as fans mentioned Covid’s restrictions and recent protests in Melbourne.
Others in the Victorian capital were also sad because they reminded them of what they had lost after the Grand Finals were moved elsewhere in Australia for the second year in a row.
Comedian Peter Helliar tweeted in response to Brady not wearing a mask. “Interesting fact: Mike Brady was fined $ 5,000 for his performance.”
Sportsbet said: “Mike Brady hasn’t checked in with one QR code yet.”
Scott Dooly tweeted: “Interesting fact: Mike Brady was rolled for his guitar at Flinders Street Station.”
David Calvert, an Australian track and field commentator, wrote: so sad. “
Journalist Brianna Travers adds:
Radio announcer Dave Higgins said: Rad. “
The Baker Boy got up quickly and received a very positive response. But, as you would expect, there were a lot of gags too.
Writer Cameron Williams tweeted, “I love the atmosphere of rock iced fod in pre-match entertainment at this AFL Grand Final.”
Chris Bartlett writes: “I hope that football is better than lip-synching.”
James Newbury added: “In the 1990s I wore such overalls.”
John Butler Ocean, Then started to bust out the cover Great Southern Land Before the local crew Eskimo Joe goes on stage. As Panther’s son’s social media points out, it’s been a while since Australia saw the band’s full flight.
Former cricket writer Brideon Coverdale tweeted: I’m really looking forward to this 2006 Grand Final. “
Benjamin Miller said the band looked “mature.”
TAB tweeted: “John Butler to Eskimo Joe. It’s like listening to SoFresh Hits in the summer of 2005.”
Butler and Eskimo Joe then joined together for the down-under production of Men at Work, ending with a great note.
Yes, comedians could say a lot on social media, but it was impossible not to admit that Perth had completely nailed pre-match entertainment. With such a performance, Melbourne may be more often worried about losing the Grand Final to the west.