I’m hoping the holiday home we’re staying in, in Mid-Wales has a good TV Signal as I’ve just been reading that the closing ceremony for the Olympic Festival promises to be a real music-fest, celebrating the last 50 years of British music with over 20 acts performing in the two and a half hour show. Muse, a band I’ve seen live and whose music I do like, are bound to be playing as they composed/played the official Olympic song “Survival” which whilst not one of their best is certainly fitting for the Games and should win them some new fans who may not have been aware of them prior to the Olympics.
As I’ve mentioned I was stunned to see Mike Oldfield perform during the Opening Ceremony, knowing his love (or not) of performing live, which has set a precedent now, so who knows who we may well see up on stage. There has been talk of Kate Bush, a performer who I can actually understand why people like her but for some reason I can’t seem to enjoy, as well as possibly The Who and Blur, all whom have contributed to music (rather than musical sales, there is a different in my mind). Then there’s the obvious money spinners, Take That and the Spice Girls, both who leave me cold when it comes to pushing the boundaries of music as an Art, though again, I can see why people like them but the real coup de gras for influential bands of the last 40 years would be to have either Led Zeppelin or The Smiths as a closing act. I don’t suspect the former will perform and I know the later won’t especially in light of mild manner, quietly spoken lead man Morrissey’s little outburst recently. So unlike him, contentious comments.