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Sir Paul to end London 2012 opening ceremony
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28 July 2012
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The mic accident in the beginning of Paul's performance was so embarrassing, I could barely even watch. And why is it that it had to happen on Paul's spot, and not on all the other performances? I think Paul's voice was kind of weak in the beginning, and he sounded so old... But when he got the hang of it, so to say, he was awesome. And I was midly surprised to notice that the audience did sing along with him. I wonder, though, why he decided to open his act with In the End and not end with it? Perhaps it would have been too obvious, I suppose

 

ahdn_george_08 I really enjoyed picking all the Beatles references during the show, so the jackets were indeed from Sgt.pepper's! Not being a brit, I couldn't be sure whether that uniform is part of some older, traditional uniform as well. Overall, I think the show itself was great, especially the special effects like steam pipes rising from the ground and winged bikers, and Voldemort... blue-meanie Entrance of the representives of the olympic teams was _so_ boring. I think this is the first time I have managed to watch through it, and that was only because I wanted to see Paul ( I wonder if he will end the olympics as well? I suppose not) Artistic Monkeys  doing a cover of Come Together was a nice surprise, although throughout their performance I kept thinking that John sings it so much better than their vocalist ( I don't know his name)

One part I didn't like in the opening ceremony was the youngster's "nightlife". Blaah.

28 July 2012
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I'd agree with that. Arctic Monkeys got two songs, so I don't see why McCartney couldn't have done more. Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End would have been good. Music aside I thought the opening ceremony was brilliant. Danny Boyle did us proud.

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28 July 2012
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Although I didn't enjoy the whole opening ceremony that much (probably because I was being impatient for Paul's performance) I loved the Arctic Monkey's performance (both I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor and Come Together, especially the second one. I was like a-hard-days-night-ringo-6! I had always thought that it's a pitty that they hadn't covered the Beatles in their career, because thy're my favourite current band) but the Greek TV commentator was speaking all the time during the song!paul-mccartney
When Paul came in and played The End I was like "What?!! That's all?!!" but fortunately he then performed Hey Jude. In my opinion his performance was way better than the Diamond Jubillee one.

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28 July 2012
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Well, good to know who it was covering Come Together (and what the first song was - it was quite good). I'll have to ask my brother for a recommendation (although plently are welcome here!).
Joe - I'm pretty sure people get a bloc of time allocated to them, which can be used however they want. I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor was short, so they could do 2, whereas Paul had to do Hey Jude (if he didn't do Hey Jude, you know it'd be the biggest story ever. He had to), which took up all of his allocated time.

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29 July 2012
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I hated the first scene (fields and the industrial Revolution), but fortunately it got better from there. Paul is so inspirational.

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30 July 2012
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Yes, it was the Arctic Monkeys, and they did a great version of "Come Together" (appropriate song, I thought)

Also great fireworks to Pink Floyd's "Great Gig in the Sky"

I was disappointed by the Macca set.

Not the choice of "Hey Jude" - I get it.

- What happened at the beginning of the song????? Couldn't hear him!

- I don't think Macca's getting good advice from whoever chooses his make-up, hair color, overall appearance. He's easier on the ears than on the eyes. [I know his age; but Ringo looks much better, and Ringo's older and not "the cute one"!]

- I didn't think that opening with the end of "The End" ("and in the end, the love you make....") was a good idea. Shouldn't he have ENDED with that the way he usually does? (btw, my understanding is that McC. didn't pick the songs or the order, so this is not a criticism of the man).

- During the na-na-na-na part, the cameras focused on groups of athletes mugging for the camera. Only one group of athletes was filmed actually singing along.

- On a related note, as loud as people were probably singing, you wouldn't have known that from watching TV. The na-na-na-na chorus was relatively faint as the cameras focused on the little groups of athletes. So Macca didn't appear to be very effective in whipping up enthusiasm in the crowd.

 

Most of the big name British bands were represented during the ceremony - if only briefly. I don't remember hearing any Elton John or Sting (Police) though.

Maybe they'll do something big for the closing ceremony?

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30 July 2012
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Someone needs to sing Imagine on the ending ceremony (Paul I'm looking at you :) ).

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30 July 2012
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Imagine might be used for the closing ceremony.

 

I dont quite understand what folks are looking for from Paul. Are they expecting the 1990 Paul still who belted out songs for hours without any hint of age or strain? Well forget it because that was 20 years ago and now he's 70. His very best singing days are over (the days when he could sing for hours with so much force it was mindboggling at times) but is still well worth seeing at any opportunity possible.

What i keep reading is that its now 'embarrassing' when he sings. For who? Pauls having a great time filling stadium after stadium and playing songs he loves. Those who attend have an awesome day out that they will never forget seeing thier hero playing their favourite songs.  Yes the setlist could do with a revamp but if Paul came to Scotland again i'd be there in a heartbeat, same with Ringo. And i wouldnt rerget t a penny.  

He could definately stop trying to recapture his 50's himself tho, let the grey out and stop using hair dye.

 

The Police had at least song played, it was during the recap of the 80's near the beginning (Every Breath You Take i think), the 60's had a brief blast of Help!. It was when all the teenagers were jumping about playing with their ipods. I was in a pub and wasnt paying much attention until Help! came on and then quilckly lost interest. No idea about Elton John but surely he had at least one song player even if it was just a clip.

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30 July 2012
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