‘Sack them’: Fans mad after broadcast fail

AFL Grand final KISS. Picture: 7
Fans have kicked off over a crucial moment missed by Channel 7 in the live broadcast of the AFL grand final. Picture: Seven

Disappointed fans have shared their frustration after the Seven news broadcast of the AFL grand final missed a crucial detail.

Rock legends KISS took to the stage before the game kicked off between Collingwood Magpies and the Brisbane Lions at 2.30pm on Saturday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The Rock band pumped up the crowd with their classic 1975 track, “Rock and Roll All Nite” featuring pyrotechnics, and hundreds of dancers donning the iconic black and white face paint and wagging their tongues in tune with the act.

AFL Grand final KISS. Picture: 7
KISS play the pre-show at the AFL Grand final KISS on Saturday. Picture: Seven

As the final guitar solo sung out over the stadium, the crowd crept to their edge of their seats as lead singer Paul Stanley started to swing his guitar overhead.

The rocker was gearing up to smash the guitar on the stage, amping the crowd up with each swing.

The atmosphere was electric at the ‘G’ with the camera sweeping over the stage as dozens of flame jets shot up into the air.

Though just as Stanley was about to pound the guitar into the stage, the live broadcast switched to an aerial shot of the stadium – completely missing the show’s climax.

The next time the camera panned to him, he was holding the jagged edged neck in one hand.

Outraged by the slip up, fans turned to social media to blast the broadcaster for missing the key moment of the performance.

“Sack the producer in the studio who missed the crucial moment of the guitar smash,” one user wrote in a post to X, formerly known as Twitter.

“Guitar smash would have been nice to see! Well done Channel 7. Great for the fans at home,” another said.

AFL Grand final KISS. Picture: 7
The bland played their 1975 classic ‘Rock and Roll All Nite’. Picture: Seven
AFL Grand final KISS. Picture: 7
Fans revved up by the KISS performance. Picture: Seven

In the lead up to the grand final weekend, AFL fans have been divided over whether the rockers, aged in their seventies, are the right fit for the grand final show.

However, Stanley assured PerthNow that the show would be “bombastic”.

“We will have a no-fly zone over the stadium because we are going to blow a lot of stuff up,” he said on Thursday.

“Subtlety is not our strong suit.”

AFL Grand final KISS. Picture: 7
Fans have reacted to the last minute addition to the grand final line-up. Picture: Seven

So far, the reaction has been largely positive from those who caught the pre-game show.

“More energy than most people half their age. Well Done!,” one person posted to X.

“Not quite Robbie Williams standard but 100 times better than Meatloaf,” another said.

“Just have KISS at every #AFLGrandFinal from now on ….. #AFLGF,” a third wrote.

KISS were a last minute ring-in to play the grand final after Australian rock band Crowded House pulled out a month out from the event.