IT was rock’n’rugby when Melbourne Storm players met US country blues chart toppers the Zac Brown Band.
Last night Storm players, including Billy Slater, met the million-selling rockers before their Melbourne concert.
The rugby league players blast Brown’s tunes, including Chicken Fried, in their changing rooms after a win.
“If I could pick any band to see live I’d choose them,” Slater said.
“I first heard them around four years ago. I’m a big country music fan, I grew up listening to Alan Jackson and Dwight Yoakam. These guys are country but they’ve got that bluesy modern rhythm. You don’t need to be country fans to enjoy the Zac Brown Band. We’ve got a lot of country boys in our ranks at Storm, and they’ve got a lot of fans in here. Most country boys listen to a little bit of country music.”
Slater and Storm players Jake Turpin, Felise Kaufusi, Mark Nicholls and Joe Stimson scored a meeting with the band.
“Zac was really humble, the whole band were accommodating,” Slater said. “I suppose we experience that to a lesser degree when people come and meet us at games. I’m from a pretty low-key, country background myself, you try and give people the best experience you can, they were no different.”
Zac Brown Band and Brown’s other band Sir Rosevelt both headed to Australia to play at last week’s Bluesfest in Byron Bay.
The Zac Brown Band have won three Grammys and sold eight million albums; their new album Welcome Home is released on May 12.
The band play their final concert on this Australian tour at Sydney’s ICC Theatre on Friday April 21 — the show has sold out.
Melbourne Storm play the Warriors for their traditional Anzac Day clash on Tuesday at AAMI Park from 7pm.
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