Today marks three years to the day since one of the finest rock concerts I attended in recent years brought down the curtain on the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. If globalization had left you wondering what Great Britain’s primary export has been over the past half century, the Closing Ceremony provided a high energy reminder.
The extravaganza seemed to have little to do with the Olympics. It was a rock concert and dancefest featuring some big names of pop music’s past. Today’s Pic du Jour, the blog’s 586th straight, features Queen guitarist Brian May and vocalist Jessie J performing ‘We Will Rock You’, a sing-along for a crowd of 80,000 spectators and some 10,000 athletes that packed Olympic Stadium. The song was introduced by a video of the late Freddie Mercury singing ‘Day-O’; just before the spotlight fell fully on him, May was seen wiping away tears.
I posted some scattered notes and 21 photos from the ceremony here, including a snap of the Spice Girls reunion (my apologies) and video of The Who singing ‘My Generation’. Without a doubt the best of the three Olympic Games finales I’ve witnessed. Enjoy!