The NRL have announced that American rock band OneRepublic will perform at this year’s Grand Final at ANZ Stadium.
OneRepublic will play at the decider as part of their world tour. The group has played at other prominent sporting events, including the Superbowl, Major League Baseball, plus a number of other major sporting events around the globe.
The band’s lead singer Ryan Tedder was thrilled that they got the call up.
“I’m a sucker for these types of things,” self-professed sports nut Tedder told NRL.com.
“My first response was ‘really?’ and my second response was ‘hell yeah!’
“The biggest stuff that we do, our biggest records, there’s an anthemic quality to them – they’re very much anthems for punters because I’m a punter.”
Growing up Oklahoma, one of America’s most sports-obsessed state, Tedder spoke about how much of an honour playing at such an event was.
“I’m from the middle of nowhere in the middle of the US, from the country. I’m just kind of writing songs that 15-year-old me would want to shout at the top of my lungs,” he said.
“I just wanted to do the type of music that just resonated with normal people. I was definitely not aiming for the cool kids or the elitists, it was more like guys that I grew with from Oklahoma.”
Tedder admitted to being blown away by the physicality of rugby league.
“The physicality of it is mind-blowing,” Tedder said.
“I’ve worked with enough Australians over the years and been down there enough and watched enough games, I’m enamoured by rugby.
“My brother in law played for years, I’ve had other friends that have played in semi-pro leagues and so I’ve actually watched it quite a bit, I’m blown away by rugby.”