The best AFL Grand Final acts yet?

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WILL American band The Killers play this year’s AFL Grand Final?

Rumours from Fox Sports are linking the US band to the AFL’s big day.

However a spokeswoman for promoter Michael Gudinski, who books the Grand Final entertainment, said no artists have been confirmed as yet.

The Killers, whose hits include Mr Brightside, Somebody Told Me, Human and When You Were Young, have a major following in Australia.

The Las Vegas-based band, who haven’t toured here since 2013, will release a new single called The Man next Friday.


media_cameraAmerican band The Killers would rock the MCG with Mr Brightside. Picture: Supplied

Their fifth album is due out later this year, meaning the AFL Grand Final would be the perfect place to launch the new project and a possible 2018 tour of Australia.

Midnight Oil are another name linked to the Grand Final. Michael Gudinski is promoting their Australian tour and the timing works perfectly, although sources say no deal has been done.

The AFL Grand Final is on Saturday September 30 — the Oils finish their New Zealand tour on September 11 and don’t start their Australian tour until Monday October 2 in Alice Springs.

The band played Sound Relief at the MCG in 2009.

The Oils and Cold Chisel are the two Oz rock bands footy fans would love to play the Grand Final.

Melbourne’s The Smith Street Band are another act linked to the 2017 event.

That would follow last year’s blueprint — which had Sting, The Living End and Vance Joy in an attempt to cross different demographics.


media_cameraOils! Australians want Cold Chisel to play the Grand Final. How about the Oils? Picture: Jenny Evans

Lionel Richie, who is playing Perth on September 30, has been ruled from playing the AFL Grand Final in the afternoon and flying west.

Wishful thinking rumours on Twitter are suggesting Pearl Jam could play this year’s NRL Grand Final.

Originally published as The best AFL Grand Final acts yet?



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