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Bruce Springsteen to play atthe AFL Grand Final?

Miss Info sadly appears to have retired from her brief career as a surprisingly reliable tour tipster, but her chief rival Nui Te Koha is still hard at work breaking the big (and occasionally fictitious) news stories.

Today he has announced on Triple M’s Hot Breakfast that “the word is promoter Michael Gudinski has got Bruce Springsteen wrapped up” to play at the AFL Grand Final. Hot Breakfast co-host (and Collingwood president) Eddie McGuire added that the AFL would be making changes to their Grand Final entertainment format for 2012, telling listeners that “You can take it to the bank that instead of pre-match it will be a halftime show and the stage where it’s been in the stand is gone as well. That will come back out into the middle.”

If true, the news would be a major coup for the AFL following the pre-game performance from Meatloaf at last year’s Grand Final that could be generously described as a debacle and made past year’s of terrible Grand Final ‘entertainment’ look decent in comparison. After pocketing a lazy $500,000 for his staggeringly off-key set and the inevitable backlash The Loaf sooked that the AFL are “jerks” and vowed to “go out of [his] way to tell any artist do not play for them.”

However it doesn’t look like Meatloaf will have to bother calling Springsteen to warn him about taking the gig, with by a spokeswoman for Gudinski’s company The Mushroom Group flatly telling the Sydney Morning Herald that “there’s no truth in that rumour at all”. An August/September tour for The Boss had been reported late last year when a series of ‘leaked’ dates appeared on a Springsteen fan blog, but sadly those dates were also quickly ruled out.

Although the SMH article has poured cold water on the latest round of Springsteen rumours it does note that “other popular music acts rumoured to be visiting Australia this year include Lady Gaga, Van Halen and the Rolling Stones, while Madonna has confirmed she will tour Australia early next year, her first show Down Under in 20 years.”

So while we might not get to see the star of the 2009 Super Bowl half-time entertainment we will get to see this year’s main Super Bowl attraction – and that nearly makes up for it, right?

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gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 8th Feb, 2012

DO WANT.

He could play Nebraska in full.

hellboy1975

hellboy1975 said on the 8th Feb, 2012

Springsteen at the AFL Grand Final! What could possibly go wrong?

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 8th Feb, 2012

This seems to good to be true. Springsteen is Super Bowl level entertainment. It would be funny just for the disparity in codes, the NRL would probably wheel out Adam Lambert.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 8th Feb, 2012

This surely only works if he is already coming out for a national tour. In that situation I could see how a promoter could convince him to do 10 minutes work at the AFL grand final for several hundred thousand dollars.

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 8th Feb, 2012

You would think that is how it's going to go down if true.

Jaaaaaccckk

Jaaaaaccckk said on the 8th Feb, 2012

Nui strikes again!

http://themusic.com.au/newsletter/4162/afl-gudinski-deny-springsteen-rumours

grattan

grattan said on the 8th Feb, 2012

Yeah he's a classic - Gudinski's people denied the rumour almost as soon as Triple M 'leaked' it. Nui probably got the hot tip here - http://www.3aw.com.au/displayPopUpPlayerAction.action?&url=http://media.mytalk.com.au/3AW/AUDIO/080212_RUMOUR.mp3

grattan

grattan said on the 9th Feb, 2012

Just found that the last time Springsteen toured down here (in 2003) the promoters were left with a $1.7 million loss - that's worse than Heatwave!

Better yet the Springsteen promoters, Jacobsen Entertainment, blamed the "spectre of terrorist threats" for the loss.

Anyway - this is his new single, which sounds like the soundtrack to every campaign ad of the 2012 American election:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3Bz0d2xm7U

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 9th Feb, 2012

So.... never seeing him again then.

grattan

grattan said on the 9th Feb, 2012



If you say that you let the terrorists win!

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 9th Feb, 2012

BC's all about the terrorists - he likes their hats. Oldgregg too - he likes the idea of 17 virgins.

batdan

batdan said on the 9th Feb, 2012



"Hi Gregg"
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BundyandCola

BundyandCola said on the 9th Feb, 2012

he could play born to run lol

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 9th Feb, 2012



i was trying to think what songs he would play. I would say he would definitely play Born To Run,

not sure about his biggest hit, Born in the USA?

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 9th Feb, 2012

His Superbowl show a few years back went 10 Av. Freeze Out, Born To Run, Working On A Dream and Glory Days. I'd expect similar, trading WOAD for whatever the single of his latest album will be.

therat

therat said on the 9th Feb, 2012

Would be the greatest thing ever if he did this in the batmobile

TIMMISH

TIMMISH said on the 10th Feb, 2012

i'm a massive bruce fan - and yes this is probably too good to be true. i still hold out hope for some 2012 tour dates though.

if he we are going to speculate on which songs he'd play, i think born in the usa is a definite no. and i don't think he'd go with 10th avenue freeze out either. his new album looks to be highly us political, so probably none of that either. my tips would be born to run, glory days, no surrender, and maybe something like waitin' on a sunny day from his more recent albums.

grattan

grattan said on the 8th May, 2012

Lifted from Crikey today:
From the 3AW Rumour File: "Caller 'Grand final' says the entertainment for the grand final will be AC/DC and then a post game concert."

tyler07

tyler07 said on the 8th May, 2012

STEP ME INTO HIGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH VOLTAGE ROCK N ROLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


lame.

grattan

grattan said on the 9th May, 2012

Lifted from Crikey today:
From the 3AW Rumour File: "Caller 'Grand final' says the entertainment for the grand final will be AC/DC and then a post game concert."

More from Crikey:
Rumours are still swirling around AC/DC and a possible appearance at the AFL grand final this year. They've already learnt their It's A Long Way To The Top anthem to the code for marketing, and now we hear a re-creation of the original film clip down Melbourne's Swanston Street during the grand final parade may be on the cards. "Only hitch is getting Bon Scott back on the bagpipes," says our source.

Lucan

Lucan said on the 9th May, 2012

Suck it up, Bon, Keith Moon is making the effort for the Olympics.