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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has today taken time off her busy schedule keeping the Deep North safe from the COVID-19 plague to briefly focus on promoting the arts.
The Duchess of Inala reportedly picked up the phone and made a call to Brisbane City Council earlier this morning – and began putting in place the preparations for one the most culturally significant moments in recent history for the Sunshine State.
This comes as iconic Queensland band Powderfinger announces their long-awaited reunion, set to take place this weekend via a virtual concert.
Similar to Chicago’s famous St Paddy’s day celebrations, Palaszczuk has demanded that Brisbane change the colour of its river with over 100 kilograms of powdered vegetable dye.
However, unlike Chicago, the famous Brisbane ‘Brown Snake’ will not be running green this weekend – as the Premier’s office felt the ‘origin maroon’ to be a more fitting colour to celebrate the highly anticipated return of Powderfinger.
The pioneers of early 2000s ‘Briscore’ will play their first concert in a decade after frontman Bernard Fanning confirmed that the five-piece will reunite for the One Night Lonely concert, to be streamed on their YouTube channel this Saturday.
As of this morning, the entire Brisbane River system is the same colour as the Queensland representative rugby league jersey, in a bold showing of pride in our beautiful state and the beautiful people that call it home.
Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning said that the Premier texted him a photo of the Maroon Snake herself.
“It had the entire band in tears” he said.
“Like, tears of joy and pride, but also, pretty heavy tears”
“To the point where we had to take a break from practice and review famous Gorden Tallis tackles on Youtube”
Powderfinger are using the concert, One Night Lonely, to support the Support Act charities and Beyond Blue, and may be a much more effective than the recent viral challenge that saw grown men drinking raw eggs and straight liquor in support of mental health programs.
Aside from the fitting tribute of the Maroon Snake, as of this morning, the Brisbane Story Bridge has also been draped in a 50m x 20m banner with the words “It’s coming ’round again…” printed on it – in reference to the band’s 2004 Hottest 100 winner “These Days”.
“It’s just so euphoric” said Fanning, as he pierced open a Milton Mango.
“Who knows… Maybe after this whole coronavirus thing we might announced a 15-show national tour starting in February next year and finishing on the main stage at Splendour In the Grass”
“Hard to tell”