British pop superstar Robbie Williams rocked the MCG by paying tribute to the late cricketer Shane Warne and singer John Farnham, who are battling cancer.
Dressed in a hot pink suit, Williams kicked off this year’s pre-match entertainment by belting out her hit song Let Me Entertain You.
“It takes me a whole stadium to do this,” he said as he walked on stage with dancers dressed in gold and silver.
With the band cranking in the background, Williams got the crowd going every moment.
After punching the rock DJ and singing along with the crowd, Williams slipped into a new song Lost, “It’s a compelling new song, we’re going to do it together”.
“This next song is dedicated to one of Australia’s greatest rock stars, Sean Warne, Love You Warne,” Williams said before launching into Angels.
The camera panned to the late cricket champion’s children in the stands. The South Stand at the MCG was named after Warne’s shock death in March.
Williams also delivered a rousing version of You’re The Voice, dedicating the track to Joan Farnham, who underwent marathon surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from her face in August.
Under bright sunshine, and currently on fire, Williams asked the crowd to “send their love to John and his family”.
And if that wasn’t enough, Delta Goodrum joined Williams on stage to belt out a cracking version of Kids, a song she first made famous two decades ago with Kylie Minogue.
It was a hive of activity on the hallowed MCG ground as Williams and Goodrum put on a spectacular pre-game, highly entertaining bonanza.
After the Cats took a big lead at the main break, the half-time entertainment included Ngaire and Kudzinbura man Bujerah with area award-winning band The Temper Trap, who won last year’s area breakthrough artist award.
Melbourne’s own G-Flip cracked into a cover of Jet’s Are You Gonna Be My Girl, and Goyana brought a star-studded cast to his performance of solid rock.
Joining Goana on stage were Emma Donovan, of Melbourne soul band The Putbacks, Christine Anu, composer and didgeridoo player William Burton, and rapper and humbug man Tasman Keith.
Goana frontman Sean Howard wrote Solid Rock 40 years ago, after a visit to Uluru, and the song came with a powerful message on AFL’s biggest day.