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London Closing Ceremonies, What is in store for tonight's performance?
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 08/12/12 6:52 am | updated: 08/12/12 6:52 am
Two weeks ago we were treated to Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire Director Danny Boyle's universally acclaimed Opening Ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic Games. 2008 Beijing's scale and pageantry would have been impossible to top, and quite simply the UK is not China. The British might have a stereotype of being stuffy and carrying a stiff upper lip, they certainly aren't a regimented culture where everyone has a singular personality. Even the Queen, of all people, had a little fun and pretended to jump out of a helicopter. Downton Abbey is not quite the typical London.

The most talked about aspect of Boyle's production was the music. Bringing in electro duo Underworld as music directors, they stayed away from using a generic musical score and instead used British pop and rock acts from the past 50 years as the soundtrack of the night. Some were big names like Paul McCartney while others would excite the more discretionary music fans. You can say that the Queen has indeed heard The Clash and Sex Pistols.

SEE ALSO: London Rocks at 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremonies

Now, about the pending Closing Ceremony? What could top this? Well the production is under tight wraps, though some performers have loose lips. Whereas Boyle's show could be described as a "live movie", this will just big one party with a lot of performances. Director David Arnold is calling it "the greatest after-party in the world." There will be all the perfunctory ceremonies such as the athlete parade, the handing over of the flag to Rio, the dousing of the flame, etc. but afterward they are just going to let loose. The Opening Ceremony crew had weeks to practice, the Closing Ceremony only had day since the last track event on Saturday.

The performance segment of the show is supposedly going to be very cheeky and rely on that pecular Monty Python Brit humor. The plan is to have performances of 30 British hit singles from the past 50 years. Some of the artists set/rumored to perform include The Who, Spice Girls, Muse, Ed Sheeran, Annie Lennox, One Direction, George Michael, Pet Shop Boys, Muse, Fat Boy Slim, Kinks, Queen, Kaiser Chiefs, Jessie J, and we'll probably see Sir Paul McCartney again.

Boyle's show caught me off guard, at least musically. He made a bold choice to go modern and rock out, and include music from 20-30 years ago that may not be household names. Arnold seems like he is going for a party from the get go, it'll be interesting, maybe a train wreck, but whatever it's rock and roll.


More details about the show have been released. It is called A Symphony of British Music and will be a spectacular featuring British music from the past 50 years. Some featured acts include Adele, the Beatles, Pet Shop Boys, One Direction, Liam Gallagher, David Bowie, Brian May, Elton John, Queen, the Rolling Stones, and the Clash. Ray Davies of the Kinks will perform Waterloo Street. Jessie J and Tinie Tempah will play together. Russell Brand will also perform a punk song. Eric Idle will sing Monty Python’s Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. Elbow and Muse will perform as the athletes enter the stadium. Kate Bush will make a rare appearance and George Michael will make a return after a serious case of pneumonia last November. Finally, The Who will close out the show. There's a lot more that will happen, so best to tune in and find out. NBC in going to stream it live on or you can wait until night to watch it on TV.

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