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Sir Paul to end London 2012 opening ceremony
2 August 2012
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There are rumours going about that Elton John will perform at the closing ceremony. Rumours such as these are not always accurate but he does have one of the 5 official Olympic songs 'Good Morning To The Night ' which is credited as Elton John versus Pnau so there might be some truth in them.

Still doesnt explain why none of his music was played tho, not even a 3 second blast of Rocket Man.

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Anyone remember hearing the Police/Sting?

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Im convinced that a very small snippet of Every Breathe You Take was played, however i was in a pub only paying half attention to what was going on. I mentioned it in an earlier post.

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meanmistermustard said
There are rumours going about that Elton John will perform at the closing ceremony.

That would be cool - thanks for the feedback everyone. 

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Too bad the '70s Elton never had a chance to appear at one of these ceremonies...he would've worn an oversize pair of glasses shaped like the Olympic rings and had thousands of doves carry him away to the strains of "Rocket Man"

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I thought Paul was outstanding. Period. As to Elton... Is it too far fetched to think the Queen herself would have had a hand? She is not known to have been a fan of Diana who was so very close to Elton. Just a thought.

He played at her Jubilee concert though.

Didn't play Candle In The Wind though. That's his best selling (and probably best known) song- maybe Boyle had it in but was told to remove it if he wanted the James Bond scene to remain.

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His best selling single is the 1997 version of Candle In The Wind, which he never plays. Ever. So that doesn't mean much.

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I think Elton has only played Candle In The Wind '97 twice, once at Diana's Funeral and once somewhere else - not that i can remember where. Considering the subject matter and the fact that it was a rewrite and tribute to Princess Diana its not at all surprising. He has enough songs anyway in his catalogue tho considering he has an official Olympic song he will probably do that. It was George Martin who was the producer.

 

There are also rumours that Paul is playing at the closing ceremony. Considering he closed the opening i doubt he will, unless he opens the closing, but has anyone heard anything more authoritive? Maybe there will be a massive 89 artist closing song an Paul will join in as they all sing All You Need Is Love. Ringo could join in. Where is Ringo by the way? He's a Beatle and should be there, tho he was doing an American tour the last i heard he could fly in.

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meanmistermustard said
I think Elton has only played Candle In The Wind '97 twice, once at Diana's Funeral and once somewhere else - not that i can remember where. Considering the subject matter and the fact that it was a rewrite and tribute to Princess Diana its not at all surprising. He has enough songs anyway in his catalogue tho considering he has an official Olympic song he will probably do that. It was George Martin who was the producer.

There are also rumours that Paul is playing at the closing ceremony. Considering he closed the opening i doubt he will, unless he opens the closing, but has anyone heard anything more authoritive? Maybe there will be a massive 89 artist closing song an Paul will join in as they all sing All You Need Is Love. Ringo could join in. Where is Ringo by the way? He's a Beatle and should be there, tho he was doing an American tour the last i heard he could fly in.

I will be disappointed if Paul, or anyone for that matter, don't sing Imagine.

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Long John Silver said

meanmistermustard said
I think Elton has only played Candle In The Wind '97 twice, once at Diana's Funeral and once somewhere else - not that i can remember where. Considering the subject matter and the fact that it was a rewrite and tribute to Princess Diana its not at all surprising. He has enough songs anyway in his catalogue tho considering he has an official Olympic song he will probably do that. It was George Martin who was the producer.

There are also rumours that Paul is playing at the closing ceremony. Considering he closed the opening i doubt he will, unless he opens the closing, but has anyone heard anything more authoritive? Maybe there will be a massive 89 artist closing song an Paul will join in as they all sing All You Need Is Love. Ringo could join in. Where is Ringo by the way? He's a Beatle and should be there, tho he was doing an American tour the last i heard he could fly in.

I will be disappointed if Paul, or anyone for that matter, don't sing Imagine.

I'm not certain Paul would EVER sing Imagine in concert. It is John's whole image, and I think he would get lambasted in the media for performing it. He can do Give Peace a Chance because it had his name attached to it. Imagine is just too much John for Paul to sing it.

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I'm not even sure that I would like to hear Paul singing ''Imagine'' because that's John's song, nobody else's and it's so representative of him. I don't think he ever will though, he knows that he will get lots of criticism for it, even if he sings it well.

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Yeah, I would never want to hear Paul sing a John solo song either. A John-written Beatles song maybe, but definitely not something iconic like "Imagine". How about something appropriate (if relatively obscure) like "London Town"?

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I feel bad for Paul - he has to take shit from people who say "if Paul doesn't do Imagine", take the shit from people who would get mad at him for playing Imagine, the shit from people who say "he's done, retire", the shit from people who say he should play something obscure… Enough. Let Paul make his decisions how he wants to. I don't care what Paul plays if he plays again. I don't care if he plays again, really. He gave a great performance, and it's still not enough, even for people here, apparently. Let Paul do what Paul wants to do. It should be what songs does Paul want to perform, not what he thinks will get less fan irritation. I can guarantee you this will be the Daily Mail headline if McCartney plays Imagine: "McCartney plays John's masterpiece - out of material of your own?" His own fans won't let him win. Stop.

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ahdn_paul_06 Mhh how about Paul singing How do you sleep? That would be funa-hard-days-night-john-6a-hard-days-night-john-6a-hard-days-night-john-6

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mithveaen said
ahdn_paul_06 Mhh how about Paul singing How do you sleep? That would be funa-hard-days-night-john-6a-hard-days-night-john-6a-hard-days-night-john-6

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 I can guarantee you this will be the Daily Mail headline if McCartney plays Imagine: "McCartney plays John's masterpiece - out of material of your own?"

The Daily Mail is a total irrelevance of a newspaper, it exists solely to try and stir up controversy. Paul could have closed the Opening Ceremony with a first performance of 14 new songs he had written which are much better than Hey Jude and performed them absolutely perfectly, singing like he did when he was 30, and they'd have criticised him for doing songs nobody had heard before. "It wouldn't have mattered if he'd have hit a few wrong notes, as long as he'd done Hey Jude. Now benefit fraud will increase dramatically."

The exception is when they're drumming up hatred of a group (right now, the disabled, in the recent past, Muslims) and people actually believe what is written. When it comes to whether Paul McCartney is any good, they should just be ignored. See also: Loose Women, Alan Titchmarsh, Piers Morgan, Janet Street Porter, every other tabloid newspaper.

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Dont believe what you read in the tabloids or see on Sky News.

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The Walrus said
people actually believe what is written. When it comes to whether Paul McCartney is any good, they should just be ignored.

That's true, I've heard people saying that he wasn't very good and they didn't even watch the ceremony! They just read it in the papers or saw it on the news and decided that whatever they say, goes. They're right, no arguing about it. That kind of thing annoys me a lot.

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