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AFL boss' warning for grand final headliners

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan speaks to the media.
AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan speaks to the media. JAMES ROSS

THE AFL footy finals is a crazy time of year - and 2017 appears to be no different after AFL boss Gillon McLachlan's bizarre, half-serious warning to The Killers on Friday morning.

Footy's top official told 3AW's Neil Mitchell that the American mega-act won't be getting paid for their grand final performance on the MCG - unless they meet one particular condition.

With footy fans everywhere still recovering from Meat Loaf's infamous flop at the 2011 AFL grand final, McLachlan says the only condition the game has slapped on The Killers is that they play their breakthrough 2003 hit Mr Brightside.

In a conversation with Melbourne radio host Mitchell, McLachlan defended the credentials of Aussie performer Dami Im, who is also performing on the AFL's biggest day.

To move on from Mitchell's scepticism of Im as a grand final day performer, McLachlan tried to trumpet his headline act and their ability to entertain a crowd of up to 100,000.

Brandon Flowers, frontman of American band The Killers.
Brandon Flowers, frontman of American band The Killers. UNIVERSAL MUSIC

"Mike Brady (Aussie footy-song favourite) will be there and then there's The Killers,” McLachlan told Mitchell.

"And I can guarantee they won't be paid if they don't play Mr Brightside amongst others. I know that's your favourite. You asked me to make sure that they play it.”

He also jokingly said the AFL would try to get rock group Mumford and Sons for the 2018 grand final.

Topics:  afl grand final gillon mclachlan


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