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A Symphony of British Music

13 Aug 2012

The 2012 Olympic games closing ceremony showcased some of the best of British music, including Genesis contributors Nick Mason, Eric Idle, Queen, The Beatles and The Who.

Nick Mason performed Pink Floyd's 'Wish You Were Here', during which the album sleeve was recreated by a high-wire walker. Eric Idle, who contributed to CONCERT FOR GEORGE, gave a typically whimsical rendition of Python classic 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life' featuring rollerblading nuns.

Absent legends were not forgotten, with film footage of Freddie Mercury followed by a performance from his bandmates Brian May and Roger Taylor. John Lennon's 'Imagine' was sung and signed by a youth choir. The late Beatle was brought to life through film footage remastered by Yoko Ono and a sculpture of his face formed on stage. Paul McCartney also represented the fab four in the opening ceremony.

The Who headlined the show, closing with 'My Generation' as fireworks exploded over London.

Image taken from MAXIMUM WHO

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