Fast as Usain Bolt, the London Olympics have flown by, culminating with the closing ceremonies Sunday night. Considering how badly NBC butchered Danny Boyle’s opening ceremonies, who knows what we’ll actually get to see stateside, but it looks to be an epic party.
Head of the ceremonies Stephen Daldry advised that everyone should “get the beers in” because “it’s going to be a real party – like the best wedding party you’ve ever been at.” Confirmed performers in the “Symphony of British Music” include George Michael and Muse, who will perform their over-the-top Olympic theme “Survival.”
Among the rumored performances are The Kinks’ Ray Davies singing “Waterloo Sunset”, Adele singing “Someone Like You”, Kate Bush singing “Running Up That Hill”, Liam Gallagher and Beady Eye performing “Wonderwall” and Eric Idle leading a singalong of “Always Look On The Bright Side of Life.” Other artists expected are Paul McCartney, Pet Shop Boys, Take That, Queen, Paul Weller, Annie Lennox, One Direction, Elton John and the inevitable reunion of the Spice Girls.
While this massive karoke party is going on at Olympic Stadium, the real action will happen across town in Hyde Park. “The Best of British” concert will feature The Specials, New Order and Blur. While New Order (without Hooky) is in mid-tour form, the reunited Blur have booked a few warm up shows to get ready for the spectacle — which depending on when you talk to Damon Albarn may or may not be Blur’s last show ever.
To get you ready, here are a couple of live sets from Sunday’s headliners. First up is New Order, live from Berlin on June 21st:
- True Faith
- The Perfect Kiss
- Blue Monday
- Love Will Tear Us Apart
And here is Blur’s July 31st set for the BBC from Maida Vale studios in London:
- Tracy Jacks
- Out Of Time
- Young & Lovely
- End Of A Century
- This Is A Low
- Under The Westway
- The Universal