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AFL Grand Final: Tigers star Jack Riewoldt joins The Killers for one of the ‘greatest moments ever’

Jack Riewoldt The Killers
Riewoldt's performance got the crowd excited. Photo: Seven Network
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As if winning a grand final was not enough, Richmond forward Jack Riewoldt got the chance to play rock star in an incredible moment following the AFL Grand Final.

American band The Killers – who also performed before the match – held a concert on the MCG following Richmond’s 48-point win over Adelaide at the MCG on Saturday.

They played for approximately 45 minutes, giving fans who enjoyed their pre-match performance – highlighted by a cover of Midnight Oil’s Forgotten Years – a chance to enjoy more of the band’s popular songs.

And they were joined by a special guest for their biggest hit, 2004 anthem Mr Brightside, with Riewoldt introduced onto stage by frontman Brandon Flowers.

Shortly after Riewoldt appeared, the band started playing Mr Brightside, and Flowers gave the Tigers star – who kicked two goals in Richmond’s drought-breaking victory – a microphone.

A clearly elated Riewoldt, still dressed in his playing strip and wearing his premiership medal, was delighted to join in, even if his vocals were a little off.

And he stayed on stage for the entire song in an unforgettable and passionate performance that sent social media crazy, as he clutched his medal with pride throughout.

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Shortly after the song concluded, Flowers asked the crowd to “give it up for Jack Riewoldt!”

The pair shook hands and hugged following the song, with Riewoldt later telling the Seven Network that it was a “dream come true”.

“Premiership player and a rock star in one day,” he said.

“Dreams do come true, ladies and gentlemen.”

Afterwards, The Killers tweeted that “the guy in yellow had a helluva night”.

Riewoldt added on Twitter that “it started out with [a] kiss”, a reference to lyrics in Mr Brightside.

Riewoldt had 14 disposals and took six marks in Richmond’s victory.

He shook off a frustrating start, in which he kicked three early behinds, to boot two important goals for the Tigers.

And while he was a long way off winning the Norm Smith Medal for best afield, given to teammate Dustin Martin for his 29-disposal and two-goal effort, Riewoldt has taken the early lead in the post-match celebrations.

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