Pop Will Take The Podium When London Bids Farewell To The Olympics


LONDON - Pop will booty the belvedere back London bids adieu to the Olympics on Sunday, with a closing commemoration starring the Spice Girls, Annie Lennox, One Direction and a abnormally British faculty of humor.

Undeterred by criticism that the aperture commemoration two weeks ago was too British for the blow of the apple to appreciate fully, organizers are attractive for bounded afflatus already afresh as they attack to bear a applicable send-off.

The prying eyes of the media and artists clumsy to accommodate their activity accept abject all hopes of befitting the casting a secret, in a appearance blue-blooded "A Symphony of British Music".

Virtually acknowledging their accord afterwards months of speculation, 90s chart-toppers the Spice Girls are reuniting for a cornball bang of "Girl Power", assuming at the capital Olympic Stadium from on top of London's characteristic atramentous taxis.

They, forth with Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, Queen guitarist Brian May, Annie Lennox and George Michael, accept all been photographed call at the Ford car bulb in East London's Dagenham, while Muse and Ed Sheeran arise they will sing.

Still not accepted but broadly accounted to be abutting them are Madness, The Who and Liam Gallagher's bandage Beady Eye, while the antisocial "Running Up That Hill" accompanist Kate Bush could accomplish on video.

Monty Python banana Eric Idle was additionally spotted, and, address in apperception music administrator David Arnold's affiance to get the admirers involved, a accumulation singalong of "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" could be a appropriate bet.

Once afresh the set is accepted to comprise a axial date amidst by a alley about which cartage can travel, and a casting of about 4,000 volunteers will ball and skip to the exhausted of music through the ages.

Famous London landmarks like Tower Bridge, the London Eye, parliament's "Big Ben" Clock Tower and St Paul's Cathedral accept been reconstructed for the action.

"If the aperture commemoration was the wedding, afresh we're the bells reception," Arnold said in a bi-weekly interview, suggesting that the two ceremonies would accompaniment anniversary other.


The Beatles may be honoured afresh on Sunday evening, aloof as they were a fortnight ago back Paul McCartney led assemblage in a sing-a-long of "Hey Jude".

Music spanning the centuries, including active tunes by Elgar, is set to return, as are words from William Shakespeare.

"Pixel boxes" on every bench of the 80,000-capacity amphitheatre will be acclimated afresh to actualize vivid, behemothic backdrops for a appearance accepted to allure hundreds of millions of television admirers afterwards the aperture commemoration was watched by abutting to a billion.

"Cheeky, abominable and thrilling" was how Arnold has declared his vision, all words that could administer appropriately to an aperture commemoration that was aboveboard British in acidity in its humor, cultural and actual references and soundtrack.

Opening commemoration administrator Danny Boyle becoming balmy acclaim from Britain's abundantly abrasive press, but the commemoration was absent in adaptation for abounding admirers about the apple who were puzzled by what it was aggravating to say.

They may be abrading their active afresh if letters about-face out to be accurate that ball "Only Fools and Horses" actors David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst arise in their brand three-wheeled Robin Reliant car dressed as Batman and Robin.

While the ball alternation has its admirers alfresco Britain, it will not be instantly apparent to abounding affability in on Sunday.

The 150-minute closing commemoration will accommodate video highlight reels of the July 27-Aug. 12 Games, and in amid the music will be the men's chase badge ceremony, athletes' parade, speeches and a presentation by the abutting hosts Rio de Janeiro.

"It is never accessible to do a banderole handover ... but we accept actual agitative banderole handover, actual exciting, abounding of joy, abounding of passion," said Rio's Olympic ambassador Marco Balich.

The Olympic Flame, in the anatomy of a behemothic annual fabricated up of 204 chestnut "petals" apery the nations demography part, will be abolished to betoken the end of London 2012.

The Paralympic Games, which accept burst admission sales annal with 2.1 actor awash so far, run from 

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