Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy has admitted in a recent interview with Los Angeles rock radio station KROQ that they planned to duet with Elton John for their official song of the Olympics, named ‘Survival’.
Muse previously said that their song was first planned to feature an unnamed ”good pianist.” But the original plan faded after Elton John apparently fell out with Olympic organisers according to NME, after being given the job as the musical director for the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 games.
Muse have also been rumoured to be performing in the closing ceremony. In the same interview, Matt admitted that ”the Olympics approached us,” about taking part in the closing show. Blur, New Order and The Specials are already playing in a one-off gig in London’s Hyde Park to coincide with the end of the 2012 Olympics, which has been named by the organisers as ‘A Symphony Of British Music’.
An exciting rumour that has also been developing is that Pink Floyd could duet with shooting star Ed Sheeran. Ed told Australian radio station Nova that he is ‘doing a song with Pink Floyd’, saying the song was called ‘Wish You Were Here’. Since then, Pink Floyd issued a statement as a response to press speculation saying that they are not taking part in the closing ceremony. According to the latest news, it’s the Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason who is involved and not the whole line-up according to NME. The Spice Girls are also being rumoured to be rehearsing for the Olympic closing ceremony according to Marie Claire.
Paul McCartney closed the grand opening to the games with ‘Hey Jude’, in a ceremony which was reportdly watched by 27 million people in the UK. The Opening ceremony included festival favourite Frank Turner, as well as the Arctic Monkeys.
The artists which are all ready confirmed to be taking part in the closing ceremony are The Who, Take That, Emeli Sande and George Micheal. The closing ceremony will feature the athletes that have bee competing in the Olympics, as well as 4,000 performers.