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August 13, 2012 / jhsaeger

British Music’s Biggest Stars Cap Olympic Closing Ceremony

     The ceremony which closed out the 2012 London Olympics had a tough act to follow after the pageantry of Beijing, although it certainly seemed to be straying from being even close to entertaining for a bit until some of the marquee acts in British music closed out the 30th Olympiad to a mixed review of ridiculous and entertaining. 

The What?: NBC for cutting out the tribute to George Harrison and Kate Bush, leaving The Who for later, and Muse (who wrote the official song of the Olympics), but leaving in Take That… A David Bowie tribute that was perhaps even too artist for Ziggy Stardust’s liking… Annie Lennox as Captain Jack Sparrow in Hades… Jessie J, for ruining a Bee Gees song and a Queen song in the same evening.

The Ok: A possibly-sick Liam Gallagher with a nasally cover of the Oasis staple “Wonderwall,” can’t help but wondering how could it would have been if Noel had been there… Ed Sheeran and Nick Mason cutting Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here,” although we could have done without the tightrope walker… No nod to Led Zeppelin?

The Good: The best of all was Eric Idle, who enlivened the ceremony with outrageous costuming and a cannon, and for not leaving “shit” out of “The Bright Side of Life,” … The Kaiser Chiefs covering The Who’s “Pinball Wizard” … The Spice Girls for bringing back Girl Power with “Wannabe” and “Spice of Your Life” in style… Brian May and Roger Taylor for giving a shot in the arm… Rio de Janeiro and Pele for the amazing introductory show which alluded to a giant party in 2016.

For those who wanted to see Muse, here is their performance of “Survival”

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