From Meat to Sweet (Disposition): Temper Trap to headline Grand Final

Following Meat Loaf’s atonal medley of hits at the MCG last year, the AFL have drafted in some world-beating Australian talent for this year’s Grand Final instead.

The Temper Trap, whose self-titled second album debut at #1 on the ARIA charts, will headline a new halftime show in the middle of the MCG on the last Saturday in September. They’ll also take part in a new post-match event called “The Premiership Party” – a free concert following the conclusion of the Grand Final – alongside Australian rock legend Paul Kelly. You Am I frontman Tim Rogers, the face of the AFL finals campaign, will also perform as part of the pre-match Aussie program.

AFL Chief Executive Officer Andrew Demetriou said this year’s program reflects the AFL’s commitment to homegrown talent. The “Live at the Footy” initiative saw the likes of Little Red, Airbourne, Stonefield, Spiderbait and Children Collide perform at the MCG and Ethihad Stadium.

“It’s only fitting we finish the season on a high and you can’t get a bigger Australian band right now than The Temper Trap, nor a more quintessentially Australian artist than Paul Kelly,” Demetriou said. “Our fans have been telling us that they want more Australian music at the footy and we’ve acted on that by showcasing the best home grown talent all season.”

Meat Loaf’s 10-minute pre-game medley at the Grand Final last year reportedly cost the AFL $500,000. It was widely panned by fans and media alike – even the AFL got in on the act, with Chief Operating Officer Gillon McLachlan describing it as an “Angry Anderson moment”, in reference to the Rose Tattoo frontman’s memorable rendition of ‘Bound For Glory’ at VFL Park in 1991. Meat Loaf blamed the AFL for his off-key-performance, described them as jerks.

The 2012 Toyota AFL Grand Final will air on Channel Seven on September 29.

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