The Australian Football League (AFL) has revealed that the iconic rock ‘n’ roll band KISS will be the star attraction for the Telstra Pre-Game Entertainment at the 2023 Toyota AFL Grand Final. This announcement has electrified fans, as KISS is not just a band but a global phenomenon with a storied career spanning decades.
Inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, KISS has an impressive discography of 44 albums and has sold a staggering 100 million copies worldwide. The band is currently on its global farewell tour, aptly named “End of the Road,” making their upcoming performance at the AFL Grand Final even more special.
Kylie Rogers, AFL’s Executive General Manager of Commercial and Customer, couldn’t contain her excitement about the upcoming event. She stated, “KISS is not just a band; they are showmen who know how to electrify an audience. Their performance at the MCG on Grand Final day will be nothing short of spectacular. We’re expecting a sensational show that will captivate the 100,000 fans at the stadium and millions more watching from their homes.”
The band members—Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer, and Tommy Thayer—expressed their delight and honor at being chosen to perform on what is considered the AFL’s most significant day. They said, “We’re thrilled to make rock ‘n’ roll history at the iconic MCG. Thanks to Telstra, we’ll be part of this monumental event, and we promise to bring the house down!”
Genelle Sharples, Telstra’s Head of Media and Sponsorship, echoed the excitement, stating that Telstra is proud to have been an AFL partner for 21 years. She emphasized that the collaboration aims to create unforgettable experiences for fans, and having KISS perform is a guarantee for just that.
Matt Gudinski, CEO of Mushroom Group, also expressed anticipation for the show, stating that the AFL Grand Final is a pinnacle event in Australia’s sporting calendar, and having KISS perform will make it an unforgettable experience.
As the AFL prepares to announce additional performers for the Grand Final, the excitement continues to build. With KISS set to rock the stage, this year’s Grand Final is shaping up to be an event for the ages.