Sheppard fared a bit higher however come Sunday evening’s NRL match the critics had sharpened their knives prepared to stay them in to Amy Shark for singing melancholy pop ballads… which is precisely what the NRL booked her to do.
That is, after all, not the primary time social media has lit up in outrage over the selection of grand last leisure. Just a few years in the past, eminent music critic Brendan Fevola weighed in along with his skilled opinion on the Gang of Youths set earlier than the NRL grand last. The band’s drummer Donnie Borzestowski was fast to level out that Gang of Youths had performed one grand last whereas Fevola performed none, a savage retort that was justly deserved.
Billy Idol’s hovercraft arrival, Meatloaf’s painful AFL grand last efficiency and nearly anybody who isn’t Tina Turner can count on their efficiency to be greeted with howls of “who is that this?” and “that is boring!” and “play some AccaDacca”.
It’s absolutely time for the music business to show the automotive round and go house as a result of the sports activities followers received’t cease complaining.
And it’s comprehensible, to a level. Nobody goes to the NRL grand last for a OneRepublic present. Nobody is dressing in yellow and black and popping themselves on the sofa to observe Tones and I after which flicking over to Grand Designs Australia to allow them to keep away from the primary bounce.
They’re there to observe sport and sport they need to get.
A part of the issue is that Australia doesn’t actually produce a variety of stadium acts anymore. Our present crop of outstanding expertise are singing softly about their emotions; it’s not Jimmy and Ian screaming about low-cost wine or Angus and co howling about being thunderstruck.
These bands and people songs are completely suited to getting a crowd’s blood pumping earlier than the sport begins. Dean Lewis singing about his damaged coronary heart whereas gently strumming his guitar is sensible but it surely’s not going to get you spilling your over-priced beer as you leap out of your plastic seat to scream the refrain.
Nor are our pre and half-time exhibits fairly as much as the extent of the Tremendous Bowl. When Australian sporting codes have the funds to fly Girl Gaga in from the stadium roof then we are able to revisit the idea of sport day leisure.
This week we’d usually be endeavor the opposite different nationwide sport of denouncing whoever dares play the Melbourne Cup. Who can overlook the notably great time Taylor Swift introduced she was coming to play on the races earlier than she shortly acquired shut down by followers for supporting animal abuse after which remembered she had one thing else on.
This yr Delta Goodrem, Pete Murray and The Reubens will likely be beamed to our tv screens from varied components of New South Wales earlier than Jon Stevens has a crack at By no means Tear Us Aside from a largely empty Flemington Racecourse.
I really like watching all of them carry out, they’re spectacular recording artists and electrical reside, but it surely’s exhausting to know what precisely their goal is at a horse race on the telly.
Musicians completely should be on TV, the demise of selection tv and the rise of trash actuality has pushed out most alternatives for it to occur.
The legendary Michael Gudinski has created the sensible program The Sound throughout the pandemic and one can solely hope the nervous nelly programmers on the ABC recognise its worth and significance and permit it to seek out an viewers so it could possibly keep on.
That’s the place musicians belong – on a present that celebrates their music. Not as a goal of abuse from the individuals who got here to observe the footy.
Nathanael Cooper is a senior tradition author at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age with a deal with music.