Muse, The Who, Beady Eye and others performed at Olympics Closing Ceremony
Yesterday has been an emotional day. Olympic Games 2012 came to an end with an astounding Closing Ceremony in London.
While the opening ceremody directed by Danny Boyle presented multilayered culture of Great Britain with parachuting Queen, unimpressed Mr. Bean, Arctic Monkeys, Paul McCartney and others performing, Kim Gavin made the Closing Ceremony all about music and partying. One moment it’s all-emotions sportsmen entering the stadium, the other minute you can’t help but think you’re at George Michael’s solo gig.
Most of the rumours appeared to be true. Kate Bush’s Running Up The Hill did play at the ceremony, remixed, however, Kate didn’t appear herself. The track was released immediately and now is available to purchase. Kate Bush left a message on her website saying: “Hi there, I hope you all enjoyed the remix of Running Up That Hill this evening at the Olympics Closing Ceremony. They certainly put on a brilliant show.”
Russell Brand covering The Beatles, Ed Sheeran covering Pink Floyd, Jessie J singing We Will Rock you (which caused lots of outrage from Queen fans), Kaiser Chiefs performing Pinball Wizard of The Who and letting us believe that The Who wouldn’t appear at the ceremony which proved wrong. Roger Daltrey and Co. themselves closed the whole ceremony performing My Generation. What an end!
There was a moment when everybody believed David Bowie was going to make a surprise appearance (but oh, no). Elbow performed Open Arms and One Day Like This, while Beady Eye played legendary Wonderwall, sadly without other Gallagher brother: Noel didn’t appear at the ceremony. Muse played London 2012 official song Survival, with Matthew Bellamy wearing appropriately sparkling jacket.
Pet Shop Boys, Ray Davies performing Waterloo Sunset, Spice Girls reunited, John Lennon’s huge face while the choir was singing Imagine, it was everything a music fan ever wanted to see at such ceremony!
Meanwhile at Hyde Park Blur, New Order and The Specials were performing at Closing Ceremony celebration concert. Some footage have already surfaced on YouTube. You can watch Girls & Boys and Song 2 performances by Blur below.
It has been very emotional for Blur. Alex James had admitted previously that if Hyde Park gig is “shit” that would be it for Blur. However, he tweeted after the soundcheck yesterday:
— Alex James (@TheAlexJames) August 12, 2012
The Specials performed 18 tracks, New Order – 11, including Joy Division songs Love Will Tear us Apart and Isolation. Blur performed 26 songs.
Blur will make their Hyde Park performance available to buy today via iTunes. A CD limited edition will follow within a week. Titled Parklive, it will comprise of 2 show discs coupled with a bonus disc featuring unreleased live tracks selected from the recent warm up shows.
Well, party is over, and it was great! Thank you, London!