The Who to play at the Olympic Closing Ceremony

Martin Bailey mobailey at
Sun Jun 10 09:28:48 UTC 2012

Its been rumoured for a while, but now it's confirmed: The Who are to 
perform at the Closing Ceremony - in front of a TV audience of FOUR BILLION 

Simon Townshend ‏@simont40000 has confirmed it on Twitter:
"I guess it's out there... Who are closing London Olympics. What an honour 
it is to be involved. Can't wait."

And more news from The Mirror:

Great.  Most exciting part of the Olympics for me.


>From The Mirror:

Who's who of pop for Olympic Games closing ceremony... including Take That, 
George Michael and The Who

Organisers promise the August 12 concert at London’s Olympic Park will 
“appeal to every generation”

The Olympic Games closing ceremony looks set to be a Who’s Who of British 
pop – led, appropriately enough, by The Who.

The August 12 concert, which organisers promise will “appeal to every 
generation”, will feature Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend alongside Take 
That, George Michael and Emeli Sande on an all-star bill.

Last night, a committee source said: “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 Who are an inspired throwback to the swinging 60s.”

Rather embarrassingly, the band’s frontman Roger Daltrey last month revealed 
that the Who’s late drummer had originally been asked to take part.

Manager Bill Curbishley received an invitation for Keith Moon, who died in 
1978, to join the ceremony.

Daltrey joked that it could only happen in Britain and they could try to 
contact the late wildman via a seance.

However, Daltrey and Townshend will be appearing at the two-and-a-half hour 
show, which will be held at London’s Olympic Park and watched by an 
estimated TV audience of four billion.

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