The Australian Football League (AFL) has unveiled a spectacular pre-game performance for the 2023 Toyota AFL Grand Final, and it's none other than the legendary rock phenomenon, KISS, set to take the stage during the Telstra pre-game entertainment.
These Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees boast an astounding discography of 44 albums and have sold over 100 million records globally. Currently, on their epic "End Of The Road" tour, KISS is primed to bring their explosive energy and trademark showmanship to the iconic MCG on Toyota AFL Grand Final day.
Kylie Rogers, AFL EGM Commercial and Customer, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, "KISS will bring the energy and their trademark showmanship to Grand Final day and put on a great, great show for the 100,000 fans at the 'G and millions watching around the country. Their reputation speaks for itself, they are responsible for some of the best live shows in music history, and we know Gene, Paul, Eric, and Tommy will absolutely rock the MCG pre-game."
KISS reciprocated the excitement, considering it an honour to perform on one of the AFL's most monumental days. The band conveyed their enthusiasm, saying, "Thanks to Telstra, we will be performing at the 2023 Toyota AFL Grand Final. We cannot wait to create rock 'n' roll history by playing at the iconic MCG in Melbourne for one last time. We're absolutely thrilled to be performing in front of 100,000 footy fans at the biggest and best sporting event in the country! Be ready to ROCK as we'll be coming full throttle into the 'G. See you for that One Day in September!"
Kiss playing at the 1999 Superbowl
Genelle Sharples, Telstra's Head of Media and Sponsorship, echoed the sentiment, stating, "It's an honour to host the Telstra pre-game entertainment, and we're delighted to be bringing KISS to the MCG to celebrate one of the biggest days on the sporting calendar. Telstra has been a proud partner of the AFL for 21 years, and together, we're passionate about creating memorable experiences for the fans. We have no doubt KISS will do just that."
Mushroom Group CEO, Matt Gudinski, expressed his anticipation, remarking, "The AFL Grand Final is one of the biggest events on our sporting calendar, and we can't wait to produce a show with one of the world's most iconic rock bands at the 'G."
As a grand finale to their "End Of The Road" tour, KISS will wrap up their Australian journey with "The Final Curtain," an exclusive show at Sydney's Accor Stadium on Saturday, October 7. Tickets for this historic event are available through Ticketek.
Initiated by a national petition, "The Final Curtain" show fulfills the fervent requests of dedicated KISS fans, beckoning the band for one more unforgettable performance in Australia before they culminate their remarkable touring career with their farewell show at New York City's Madison Square Garden on December 2, 2023.