A Closing Ceremony of Epic Musical Proportions
So after 17 days of more highs than lows for team GB it was time to sign off in style and if anyone doubted how mad as a box of frogs
Britain was that
point was surely made clear in the lavish opening ceremony.
The closing ceremony gave
Britain a chance to show that
British music and culture is and has always been in fine fettle and for a large part this
was displayed. Although following some kind of narrative prior to all the major
stars entering the British flag motif styled stage showing the return to a bustling London
scene from a sporting setting courtesy of the rhythmic ensemble Stomp who were
raucous and brilliant.
The music proceeded to move through the decades taking in the Beatles, Rolling Stones and David Bowie, Madness- inspired, through to today with George Michael and Pet Shop Boys who were good but as glamorous and camp as ever, Blur, One Direction? and Take That which was an obvious inclusion as the creative director masterminded ‘The Circus’ although it was nice to see Mr Barlow getting on with his day job despite his recent tragedy.
Too many highlights to pick from with
Bowie singing Fashion in the background
whilst supermodels were carted around – brilliant. You couldn’t help but be
moved by a deaf rendition of Imagine complete with sculpture of John Lennon.
The much heralded return of the Spice Girls wasn’t actually too bad arriving in
London cabs – somehow their songs
actually sounded good and their performance was not without its laughs with Victoria hanging on for
dear life – the poor dear!
At times in the show I turned to members of the older generation who looked a little puzzled as to who some of the new acts were but this was a show that had something for everyone.
The problem was it was sometimes the non-linear style that disrupted the spectacle.
Was there any point in having award ceremonies between the acts, best to do that at the end or at the beginning surely.
Was there any requirement for below average
Leeds band to do an gawd-awful cover of The Who’s pinball
wizard - when they were quite capable of doing it themselves, Who even cares about Kaisers now?
One Direction was as predictable as they come with their squeaky voices and didn’t really make sense in the whole scheme of things-just provided another example of Syco's hold on the industry.
I spotted early on a drum kit with Beady Eye and wondered why they were performing surely brother Noel’s band are the most popular and then came a half hearted version of Wonderwall which despite being shoddy united the spectators in song – no denying what an anthem it is but Liam G didn’t really look like he was bothered – it’s the Olympics closing ceremony for goodness sake – enjoy yourself!
Sounds of the Sex pistols was great complete with bouncing punks – shame they didn’t play God Save the Queen – would love to have seen her majesty’s face – oh wait she wasn’t even there!
Probably still skydiving with James Bond.
Russell Brand might not be everyone’s favourite but he contributed well to his Beatles section even throwing in a Mobot - everyone loves one of them.
Fatboy Slim and the octopus showed what a DJ supremo and total Legend the man is.
Whatever people may say Jessie J wasn’t really so great, yes she can relate to an audience and one can understand why price tag does the trick with its message of love and unity blah blah but just makes you wish another Jessie (Ware) was there and then dueting with Queen throwing air guitar shapes – shameful- just became karaoke.
Tiao Cruz was safe but Tinie Tempah looked a little star-struck.
There were rumours that members of Pink Floyd were going to collaborate with Ed Sheeran and I hope that this wasn’t the case but there he was attempting to sing ‘Wish You Were Here’ the best part of the song was the Prism and the burning man – Genius
Positioning rock superstars Muse before Queen was brilliant and showed how indebted they were to Queen for their style.
What about that guitar solo from Guitar Virtuoso Brian May that was quite something.
Eric Idle(that’s Monty Python for the young ones) – was brilliant with his ‘Always Look on Bright Side of Life’ combined with Bollywood dancers and didn’t even take over the comedic value of Rowan Atkinson at the opening ceremony.
Brazil showed us what to expect with a colourful mix of samba and song expect something spectacular in 2016 from them.
Standout performer was Emilie Sande who with her raw talent really showed what she was capable of and of course The Who were pretty good as the final act.
There was undeniably a fantastic array of talent on display and this was obviously
opportunity to show off the quality of their music and that they know how to
put on a show with a bit of a dance from Boris- you've gotta love him. The problem was it was overlong and whilst there were some star
performers there were some obvious inclusions and some who didn’t really care
too much for the occasion they just wanted the harmless self-promotion that the ceremony gave
On a sombre note having been cynical about the Olympics prior to the events thinking probably like others that it was a complete waste of money and time. I will miss the games.I found myself captivated by the many triumphs and tears and it was easy to forget all the negatives and focus on what makes
What did you think, Was it the best Olympics ever? Did
With 65 medals (29 Gold) a Bolt and a Mobot the Olympics really delivered and Team GB did us proud so roll on
Check out some of the photos of the show below:-