Australian rock band Cold Chisel have emerged from grand final weekend as the premiers in the entertainment stakes.
With original singer Jimmy Barnes at the helm, Chisel played three of their classics before the NRL grand final in Sydney: Khe Sanh, Flame Trees and Bow River.
Singing in his inimitable leg-caught-in-a-bear-trap style, Barnes had the crowd at ANZ Stadium jumping, while guitarist Ian Moss’s slide playing and pitch-perfect vocals impressed throughout.
By contrast, the AFL grand final pre-match entertainment on Saturday was blighted by a lip-syncing controversy involving British Songstress Ellie Goulding.
Canadian rocker Bryan Adams, however, did put in a solid showing, playing a medley of three of his biggest hits – Run to You, Summer of ’69 and Can’t Stop This Thing We Started.
American singer Chris Isaak was another who played at the AFL grand final.
The NRL also won the battle of the national anthems, with Jessica Mauboy managing to remeber all the words.
Kate Ceberano muddled the lyrics while performing Advance Australia Fair at the MCG on Saturday.