The London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony was a hard act to follow.
The Opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games was certainly going to be a hard act to follow. I think I am fair saying that the closing ceremony didn’t have the same magical and tear jerking feeling of the opening ceremony, although there were a few parts of it that were funny and amusing… Russell Brand miming to “I’m a Wulrus” on a VW campervan, how random was that?
Emeli Sande made more than one appearance during the ceremony, I did actually wonder why, yes she is very talented, but what has she done to help the music industry in the short time she’s been on the music scene?
Then there was Madness, their second appearance at a major event in London this year, I found them out of tune and quite boring to be frank.
The Pet Shop Boys… What were they wearing? They looked as if they were part of the Ku Klux Klan, it was very bazaar indeed. This is where I was losing the will to live, and still it got worse, we then had to listen to the likes of Ray Davies from the Kinks and then shocking..not in a nice way…One Direction, who were ALL miming, it was all very embarrassing.
George Michael sparks Olympic row
George Michael started off well in his part in the ceremony, delighting the crowds by singing ‘Freedom. The second track he sang was a new song that had been released just last week. The single ‘White Light’ is based on his near death experiences earlier this year.
I think using the closing ceremony to plug your new single was a very bad idea, there were so many other of his fantastic tracks that the singer could have chosen to perform. I have been reading today that it was agreed he would sing his new track in return for singing at the closing ceremony.
This bad move has sparked an Olympic row as the singer has now been slatted for using the London 2012 closing ceremony to promote his new single.
An album containing songs from the closing ceremony has been released and reportedly contains the new single from George Michael and not Freedom..whoops.
George Michael kick starts his UK tour next month, George Michael tickets available from Britevents.com
London 2012 Closing Ceremony
Wish You Weren’t here..So do I
The most disappointing moment for me was when Ed Sheeran joined Pink Floyd’s drummer Nick Mason, Mike Rutherford and Stereophonics bassist Richard Jones to perform one of the most iconic songs in British music history, ‘Wish You Were Here’ by Pink Floyd. Where was Dave Gilmore? Pink Floyd is one of the most legendary British bands of all time.
Who’s idea was it for a hoody wearing performer to sing a rendition of Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here’. The music choice was excellent, it is a tear jerking track, but most definitely lost its magic along the way when Ed Sheeran sang it.
Ed Sheeran will be touring the UK from 13 October starting at the Hammersmith Apollo, BritEvents have Ed Sheeran tickets available now.
Jessie J and Queen, what can I say? She was excellent if a little over emotional in her performance, Jessie can sing, there is no doubt about it, but I would have preferred George Michael to sing with the remaining members from Queen, his heartfelt rendition of ‘Somebody To Love’ at the Freddie Mercury concert still gives me goosebumps.
Jessie J has had a very busy summer and is still touring around the UK grab Jessie J tickets from BritEvents.com
Muse were the best band of the night, which was not surprising, they are one of the best British bands around at the moment and they are best seen live. They put on a show to make us all proud, their track Survival was the official track for the Olympic games. BritEvents.com have Muse tickets available for their UK leg of their European tour of 2012
Now, forgive me for asking but I thought that the closing ceremony was to celebrate 50 years of British music, So, what had that got to do with flaunting skinny models up and down a catwalk?
It got more bazaar as the show went on, but there were times when I was very close to tears, the first time was watching John Lennon sing ‘Imagine All The People’. Wouldn’t he have loved to be part of this momentous occasion?
A pat on the back for London’s Olympic Volunteers
The second time was the applause given to the volunteers over the past two weeks. They have been amazing, where ever you looked smiling volunteers were having the time of their life whilst behaving in a professional manner, they deserved their massive pat on the back from the UK and the biggest cheer of the evening went to them!
The Queen had luckily steered away from the closing ceremony, and had sent Prince Harry to represent the Royal family along with Kate Middleton. Watching the young Royals throughout the evening, I felt slightly sorry for them as they were probably thinking that they could have joined in at Hyde Park at the BT London Live Closing Ceremony where Blur, New order and The Specials were having a ball, but then they have had the best seats in the house for the last two weeks!
The UK needs heroes not celebs!!
This ceremony was in stark contrast to the opening ceremony, instead of a symbolic show, we got celebrity mediocrity.
Thank you Team GB
It was a shame and very disappointing, but it has to be said that the last fortnight has definitely made up for the boring closing ceremony.
Go Team GB!!
The last two weeks have been the most incredible, memorable and exciting two weeks I have ever seen. Even the most cynical among us have loved Britain as the Olympic Games host, it bought a well earned pick me up to a lackluster country.