With all the issues NBC has had during their broadcast of the London Olympics – from tape delaying, to spoiling results in their news coverage – it seems fitting that they saved their biggest fail for Olympics Closing Ceremony.
The ceremony featured a “Symphony of British Music” over the last 50 years, which included a mega-set by The Who; a touch of Queen, Pink Floyd and The Kinks; five songs by the Beatles (though no Beatles performed in the ceremony); and the first performance in years by the reunited Spice Girls.
The Olympics Closing Ceremony rumor mill has run the gamut, with talk of many iconic British acts taking the stage for what’s being touted as a celebration of British music in the last 50 years. Many names have come up, but never has Pink Floyd’s – until now.
In the midst of recording 6th album, British arena rockers Muse received a phone call that would put them in front of an audience of billions. More than just part of an Olympic montage, Muse’s song “Survival” was chosen as the official theme of the London 2012 Olympics. But how and why was the anthemic song chosen? Two words: Elton John.
Sir Paul McCartney may be Britain’s highest-paid performer, but he earned nearly nothing for his performance at the Olympic Opening Ceremony in London last Friday.
Like Great Britain itself, the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics this past weekend was full of musical variety. And for the first time ever, the ceremony’s soundtrack was available for purchase just minutes after it aired.