After months of speculation, the news has officially broken: the 2012 Summer Olympics in London will feature a closing ceremony concert headlined by George Michael, The Who, Take That and Emeli Sandé. These 4 popular acts will join up with the already-announced Paul McCartney, who will be their “opening act.”
Said an Olympic committee source:
It is imperative the Games close in spectacular fashion and that there is substance as well as style… The committee wanted four major artists, representing Britain over the past 50 years, to headline.
The aim of this event is to appeal to “every generation”, hence the mix of genres, styles and ages. it will also be George Michael’s first public performance since November, as he has battled a near-fatal bout with pneumonia for the past few months.
The concert will take place at London’s Olympic Park on August 12th, and is expected to be broadcast to a global TV audience of roughly four billion.
As far as the question of “Who will be on stage as The Who?”, the Mirror only cites Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend as taking part; no word yet on the rest of the band. In an embarrassing side-note, dead drummer Keith Moon was also sent the invitation, which of course fueled speculation that he’ll be included as a hologram. Rumors were quickly squelched.