Charlie and The Breachers are set to rock live music venues across the country in a spectacular series of concerts to raise money for footballers struggling to cope with COVID-19 lockdowns. The 15-piece band produces an eclectic mix of genre-bending fusion and are headed by Melbourne Demons players Charlie Spargo and Kysaiah Pickett, who are the latest footballers to be nominated for The Frownlow Medal for breaching COVID-19 protocols.
The Frownlow Medal is awarded to the player whose off-field demeanour epitomises the values of the modern-day footballer and draws attention to the status of footballers as role models to young Australians. It covers Australia’s four major football codes; the National Rugby League (NRL), Australian Football League (AFL), the A-League (Football) and Rugby Union’s Super Rugby competition. NRL player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015, while NRL player Ben Barba is the most recent recipient.
Spargo and Pickett were suspended for visiting a person’s house on a non-essential visit and committed a breach that has become so common that the offenders could form a rugby league team of their own, and almost field an AFL team. In an effort to meet somewhere in the middle, they formed a band.
Charlie and The Breachers brings together an illustrious list of footballing talent, including Steele Sidebottom and Lynden Dunn from Collingwood, Brandon Zerk-Thatcher and Conor McKenna from Essendon, plus North Melbourne pair Cameron Zurhaar and Nick Larkey.
NRL players Latrell Mitchell, Josh Addo-Carr and Tyrone Roberts-Davis will arrive on dirt bikes while firing rifles into the air before joining the band on stage. Meanwhile, AFL players Lachie Hunter and Tyson Stengle have planned an amazing treat for fans during intermission. The duo will drive an unregistered monster truck over a row of parked cars while attempting to break David Boon’s beer-swilling record.
As well as tinkling the ivories on stage, Port Adelaide player Ollie Wines will overlook catering at the concerts, and promised that beer would not be the only drink on tap, while concert organisers are still awaiting RSVPs from the entire Adelaide Crows team.
As a result of players breaching protocol throughout the country, entertainment venues and clubs will be forced to shut down again, meaning Charlie and The Breachers will be forced to play all of their concerts in an empty stadium and livestream them via Tik Tok. Lead guitarist Nathan Cleary promised he could arrange some back up dancers.