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AFL Grand Final MCG: Why Tones And I delivered a ‘shocking’ performance

AFL fans slammed Tones And I for her ‘shocking’ pre-show entertainment at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday.

But it seems the singer-songwriter may not be entirely responsible for letting down fans, given that the MCG was built for cricket rather than live musical performances. 

The mammoth open-air structure has been long criticised for its poor acoustics, with concert-goers experiencing excessive reverberation, bizarre echoing, garbled noise and sound absorption.   

Revealed: The REAL reason why Tones And I delivered (pictured) a ‘shocking’ live performance at the MCG during AFL Grand Final

Indeed, Tones And I is the latest in a string of live performers who have fallen victim to the auditory perils of Australia’s largest stadium. 

The most famous example took place in 2011 when Meat Loaf delivered what has been widely regarded as the worst AFL entertainment ever. 

Meat Loaf defended his bizarre and off-pitch vocals, however, blaming the MCG for its poor acoustics. 

She's not the first! Indeed, Tones And I is the latest in a string of live performers who have fallen victim to the auditory perils of Australia’s largest stadium. Pictured: Meat Loaf performing at the MCG for AFL Grand Final in 2011

She’s not the first! Indeed, Tones And I is the latest in a string of live performers who have fallen victim to the auditory perils of Australia’s largest stadium. Pictured: Meat Loaf performing at the MCG for AFL Grand Final in 2011 

In his defence: In 2011 Meat Loaf defended his bizarre and off-pitch vocals at the MCG, blaming the MCG for its poor acoustics

In his defence: In 2011 Meat Loaf defended his bizarre and off-pitch vocals at the MCG, blaming the MCG for its poor acoustics 

He also accused the AFL management of ‘failing to provide a live piano’ or giving him enough time for a sound check. 

In an interview with the Sunday Mail he slammed AFL bosses as ‘jerks’ and labelled his online critics as ‘butt-smellers’, saying: ‘I’m sorry, [the AFL bosses are] jerks. I do not like them.’ 

‘And I’ll tell you what, anybody that I hear announces that they’re going to play for them, I’m going to write that particular artist a letter and tell them not to,’ he fumed. 

Sound familiar? Ellie Goulding similarly delivered a lack-lustre performance at the AFL Grand Final in 2015

Sound familiar? Ellie Goulding similarly delivered a lack-lustre performance at the AFL Grand Final in 2015

Slammed: She was promptly slammed on social media, with some fans even accusing her of lip syncing- claims she denied on Twitter

Slammed: She was promptly slammed on social media, with some fans even accusing her of lip syncing- claims she denied on Twitter 

Ellie Goulding similarly delivered a lack-lustre performance at the AFL Grand Final in 2015. 

The British singer dealt with a number of sound issues during her performance and even appeared to miss the miss the start of her backing track- forcing the audio team to re-start the whole set. 

She was promptly slammed on social media, with some fans even accusing her of lip syncing- claims she denied on Twitter. 

Not again! In 2017, Guns N' Roses also suffered with sound issues at the MCG while performing on their Australian tour

Not again! In 2017, Guns N’ Roses also suffered with sound issues at the MCG while performing on their Australian tour

  

Not happy! While the performance has been largely celebrated by critics, the band did receive some negative feedback from audience members who complained of poor sound quality on social media

Not happy! While the performance has been largely celebrated by critics, the band did receive some negative feedback from audience members who complained of poor sound quality on social media

In 2017, Guns N’ Roses also suffered with sound issues at the MCG while performing on their Australian tour. 

While the performance has been largely celebrated by critics, the band did receive some negative feedback from audience members who complained of poor sound quality on social media. 

A year later, Bon Jovi ran into similar problems when he graced the MCG as part of his This House Is Not For Sale world tour.  

Oh no! A year later, Bon Jovi graced the MCG as part of his This House Is Not For Sale world tour, and ran into similar problems

Oh no! A year later, Bon Jovi graced the MCG as part of his This House Is Not For Sale world tour, and ran into similar problems 

Ouch! Once again, the show received poor feedback online after some fans complained that the sound quality was simply not up to scratch

Ouch! Once again, the show received poor feedback online after some fans complained that the sound quality was simply not up to scratch

Once again, the show received poor feedback online after some fans complained that the sound quality was simply not up to scratch.

In 2018, the Black Eyed Peas also delivered a less-than-stellar performance at the AFL Grand Final. 

Aside from front-man Will.i.am being slammed online for checking his phone on stage, some fans also complained that the band’s sound seemed off-kilter at times.  

‘There were some questions about the pitchiness and the sound quality at times,’  Fox Sports reported.  

Daily Mail Australia has reached out to the AFL for comment. 

'There were some questions about the pitchiness': In 2018, the Black Eyed Peas also delivered a less-than-stellar performance at the AFL Grand Final

‘There were some questions about the pitchiness’: In 2018, the Black Eyed Peas also delivered a less-than-stellar performance at the AFL Grand Final

Unhappy: Aside from front-man Will.i.am being slammed online for checking his phone on stage, some fans also complained that the band's sound seemed off-kilter at times

Unhappy: Aside from front-man Will.i.am being slammed online for checking his phone on stage, some fans also complained that the band’s sound seemed off-kilter at times

 

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