Posted in music on August 13, 2012

by Bill Pearis

George Michael at the London Olympics Closing Ceremony
George Michael

While Kate Bush didn't perform in the London Olympics Closing Ceremonies segment that "Running Up That Hill" was used in (that was cut from the U.S. telecast), NBC did cut a few actual live performances from it, including The Who closing out the whole thing with "Baba O'Riley," "See Me, Feel Me/Listening To You" and "My Generation." (Yet they left in Kaiser Chiefs doing "Pinball Wizard"!). The Who was not deemed as important as letting the world see the first episode of some new sitcom. NBC also cut Ray Davies doing Kinks classic "Waterloo Sunset" and Muse who wrote "Survival," the official song for the London Olympics.

What we did get: a Spice Girls reuinon where Posh, Sporty and the rest of them mostly rode around the track in separate Bentleys; Beady Eye doing "Wonderwall" (Noel must've loved that); Annie Lennox doing "Little Bird"; Eric Idle singing Life of Brian's "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"; Russell Brand singing "Pure Imagination from Willy Wonka and "I Am the Walrus"; current popstars One Direction and Jessie J, the latter of whom also sang "We Will Rock You" with Queen; Fatboy Slim in a giant inflatable octopus; Pet Shop Boys doing "West End Girls," Madness hoarsely performing "Our House"; and Ed Sheeran with Pink Floyd's Nick Mason and Genesis' Mike Rutherford for "Wish You Were Here."

The highlight, at least with the crowd I watched it with, was George Michael in his first live performance after a life-threatening bout with pneumonia last year. He still had the moves on "Freedom 90," though it seemed a missed opportunity by the ceremonies producers not to have the iconic video's co-stars Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell come out for it, as they were paraded around in a segment set to Bowie's "Fashion" early in the program. NBC cut (maybe not so unkind) the performance of Michael's new single "White Light" which you can watch the video for below that does feature Moss.

After the Closing Ceremonies, Blur performed in Hyde Park with New Order, The Specials and Bombay Bicycle Club and we'll have pictures from that show soon.

Video below...

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George Michael - "White Light"

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Comments (43)

Priorities, man.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 11:28 AM

Elbow played two songs while the athletes entered the stadium. The NBC cameras did not cut to Elbow once. In the web telecast, Elbow and the London Symphony orchestra were shown several times.

When Eric Idle came out, Seacrest announced who it was before he removed his helmet, completely ruining the joke, as the reveal was the joke.

They also edited out the medal ceremony for the Marathon, which is always shown during the closing ceremonies. Extremely disrespectful.

NBC did a horrible job with every aspect of their televised broadcasts. Ryan Seacrest talking about tweets. An hour long documentary about WWII from 8-9 PM. Mary Carillo's awful segments about Greenwich Mean Time, Sherlock Holmes and Shakespeare and so on. Awful time killing, groan inducing segments.

Not showing key events live on TV and then condensing them down for prime time.

Heads should roll at NBC. Everyone involved should be fired.

Posted by Kurt C. | August 13, 2012 11:36 AM

They DID show the Who's set, but after the Sitcom teaser and the News. There was a half hour extra part with the Who and then interviews with people, etc.

strange.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 11:39 AM

NBC cut The Who, Ray Davies and Muse?

THANK YOU, NBC.

SERIOUSLY.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 11:40 AM

So NBC cut some garbage from some garbage?

Isn't that like complaining that the other prisoners didn't make you finish the shit/A.I.D.S. sandwich they made for your dinner?

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 11:45 AM

They should have aired the Blur,Specials, and New Order concert

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 11:47 AM

I'm sure it was fun for people who were physically on the premises, but pretty much anyone sitting at home watching that shit is a bored housewife or a complete and utter loser.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 11:51 AM

Anyone else feel that the olympics were USA propaghanda this year. I remember in the past seeing gymanist other than USA performing every routine with the USA... not the best of which NBC picked and choose... seems that only russians falling on the floor exercise were prime time material for NBC. Hey i'm american all the way thru but lets keep it fair and show everything not just americans winning gold.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 11:56 AM

People watch the Olympics on TV still?

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 11:57 AM

I have to wonder about anyone that would be totally shocked something like this would happen.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 11:59 AM

I watched an ape swim once. He was really fast too.


Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 12:00 PM

11:51 - Then there are about 4 billion bored housewifes and/or complete losers globally. I'm sure they're all sorry they can't be as cool and active as you. Pft.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 12:01 PM

"Anyone else feel that the olympics were USA propaghanda this year."

The Olympics were broadcast on multiple channels.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 12:03 PM

12:01 is kind of a retard.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 12:05 PM

Wait a minute 11:56, *gasp* ....you're not trying to imply what I think you're trying to imply, are you?

Are you?

ARE YOU?

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 12:05 PM

Me, personally?

I enjoy watching a bunch of monkeys showing off how they've physically perfected being monkeys.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 12:08 PM

everybody on BV is semi-retarded

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 12:12 PM

^ King retard right there.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 12:15 PM

i stopped watching after they starting showing them every two years instead of every four - money grab, plain and simple

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 12:20 PM

i heard that if you could run fast enough, you would cure cancer and reverse climate change. thats what i heard

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 12:21 PM

The Olympics are held every four years. The winter and summer games are no longer held in the same year, but two years apart from each other. There are athletes that compete in both that could not properly train for both at the same time.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 12:34 PM

"The Olympics are held every four years. The winter and summer games are no longer held in the same year, but two years apart from each other."

Please tell us you were being ironic in your statement, because even my 6 year old cousin has better math and logic skills than those on display here (and she's a 'tard).

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 12:48 PM

what about the paraolympics?

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 12:49 PM

^ Those monkeys wouldn't make it in the wild.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 12:50 PM

I just can't relate to people who invest their entire lives into a few make or break seconds every four years. Plus, any competition that is "judged" rather than being determined by objective measures like a scoreboard or clock is kinda gay. That said, I watched the shit anyway.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 1:12 PM

My 6 year old logician cousin was watching this at my house, ans I walked the fuck out. Then there was a guy outside saying something about 7 1/2 inches. Yeah you're cool, bro.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 1:22 PM

I stopped whatching the olympics years ago.
1. NBC is the worst
2. moving winter olympics to 2 years earlier than winter earlier seemed crass.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 2:23 PM

I forgot 3.

3. when they let multi millionares join olympics.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 2:24 PM

George Michael's mustache was the highlight of the closing ceremonies.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 2:41 PM

the high lite was katy perry's ex

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 2:46 PM

2:24- so the best athletes shouldn't perform? You dont think there were professional athletes from other countries competing all those years?

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 3:15 PM

They had to eventually let the millionaire athletes compete because athletes in the filthy communist countries could compete forever - unless they escaped.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 3:27 PM

"moving winter olympics to 2 years earlier than winter earlier seemed crass."

In all seriousness...what does this mean?

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 3:32 PM

3:32- Seriously, That statement might be the definition of insanity.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 3:47 PM

that was a typo. Sentance should have read:

"moving winter olympics to 2 years earlier than summer games gseemed crass."

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 4:51 PM

that typeo correction also had errors: here
is correction.
"moving winter olympics to 2 years earlier than summer games seemed crass."

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 4:52 PM

^no worries speed typer...we've stopped caring what it meant.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 5:27 PM

The best part of the show was the Sabra commercial.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 5:42 PM

I hate NBC that everytime they cut some important segments but I saw All live closing ceremony in another mexican channel that is too close from the border in San Diego and I watch the complete closing ceremony plus 17 days of olympics on that local channeland NBC is not so good and it sucks and it is not very real

Posted by Gabriel | August 13, 2012 6:23 PM

I hə-hə-hə-hə-HATE NBC's coverage of these here O-lympics.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 6:28 PM

I thought the show with the monkey dressed as a doctor was a provocative socio-political statement concerning healthcare in the UK and the socialist world...oh well, I knew it went over most viewers heads.

How about that Baby Spice...meeeowww...

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 9:10 PM

I hate NBC and they cut off some important segments but I saw the Televisa or TV Azteca networks from Mexico can be seen in San Diego, CA and I saw the whole hours exactly and I saw the "white light" performance and NBC are very rediculous

Posted by Gabe | August 20, 2012 4:36 PM

George can be amazing live.

Posted by jordon | July 24, 2013 2:35 PM

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