Rogers fits the bill for season launch

It was a phone call Tim Rogers was surprised to receive, but one that delighted him nonetheless.
Rogers, the dynamic frontman of popular Aussie band You Am I, wasn’t sure why he was picked to provide the entertainment at the 2004 Toyota AFL Premiership Season Launch, but quickly accepted.
For the first time, Rogers will be able to combine two of his great loves – music and footy (stickers of former North Melbourne champion Malcolm Blight and Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards used to adorn his schoolbag).


“ I’d met (AFL brand manager) Tom Noble, he was great, we had all these really obscure bands we liked in common. And I got to go out on Telstra Dome and have a kick,” he said.

The musical career of Tim Rogers is well documented. Since the early 1990s, You Am I has been one of Australia’s most successful bands, fronted by the energetic Rogers.

He is also a huge Kangaroos fan – hooked on the game from the moment his Dad turned on the 1975 Grand Final to see the Roos’ first premiership.

“ That was the first game I remember watching. Dad sat down and told me this is a good club and this is one you should be watching,” he said.

Rogers was regularly exposed to Australian football growing up in WA and SA, but found it harder when his family eventually settled in Sydney.

“ When we moved to Sydney, it became more difficult but I played for Pennant Hills U17s as a dopey full-forward who could take two grabs a game but still keep his place in the side,” he said.

Despite a decade of steady touring with You Am I that took him to the four corners of the world, Rogers has shared some special moments with the Kangaroos over the past decade.

“ With my Dad being a Bomber man, we’ve seen a lot of North and Essendon games. They played some great games in 1999, 2000 and 2001,” he said.

“ I flew in from Perth the morning of the match in 2001 when North kicked 12 goals in the first quarter. We went down, but I was so proud of the club that day.

“ It’s not always about the big victories, although the 1999 Grand Final was brilliant, it was the first Grand Final I went to with my wife.”

Now living in Melbourne, Rogers plans to make-up for lost time and see as many games as possible.

“ The biggest disappointment was that I never got to see a game at Arden St. I missed out on so much until I moved back to Melbourne in 1998,” he said.

“ With the touring this year (with his new band The Temperance Union), my agent is a mad Collingwood supporter and he understands the importance of it all so we’re trying to arrange the tour around the footy.”

The 2004 Toyota AFL Premiership Season Launch, supported by the City of Melbourne, will be held at Federation Square and Birrarung Marr in Melbourne on Thursday, March 18 from 5pm.

Highlights include a performance from Greg Champion (6pm), a presentation of all 16 AFL club coaches and captains (6.30pm), a free concert featuring Tim Rogers (7.45pm) and a fireworks display (8.30pm).

Wed 10 March, 2004