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Sir Paul McCartney to open London 2012 Olympics
« on: July 28, 2011, 12:49:55 PM »

Sir Paul McCartney will kick off the London 2012 Olympics as Britain's answer to the spectaculars of Beijing's opening ceremony, it has been reported.

The former Beatle is set to perform in front of a global audience of billions as British talent is showcased at the games' opening ceremony on July 27.

Sir Paul told Olympic organisers he's "up for" doing the show but detailed plans and choice of songs have yet to be finalised.

The Rolling Stones reportedly declined an offer to perform and Led Zeppelin are also said to be staying away after frontman Robert Plant said he was not interested.

A music industry source told the Daily Mirror: "The hope was to have the cream of British music all in the line up but it now looks like Macca will be joined by some younger stars on stage.

"But of all the people you would want, McCartney is number one. He is the ultimate showman and guaranteed to get the Olympics off to a great start."

An attempt to reunite Sir Paul with Ringo Starr, the only others surviving member of the Beatles, was scuppered by the drummer's touring schedule which includes a summer tour of the US.

Securing Sir Paul's involvement would calm nerves among organisers anxious to find a way to match the lavish spectacle of Beijing's opening ceremony, which featured choreographed performances from 15,000 performers and cost more than £61m.

The 69-year-old has performed at many of the country's biggest set-piece concerts, including opening the Live 8 show in 2005, which was held in support of the Make Poverty History campaign.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/8667129/Sir-Paul-McCartney-to-open-London-2012-Olympics.html
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Re: Sir Paul McCartney to open London 2012 Olympics
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2011, 08:59:34 PM »

What will he sing?

Band on the marathon run?
Maxwell's silver medal?
Things we threw today?
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Re: Sir Paul McCartney to open London 2012 Olympics
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2011, 01:06:07 AM »

Better yet, wonder how he feels being a third choice?

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Re: Sir Paul McCartney to open London 2012 Olympics
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2011, 02:35:42 AM »

What will he sing?

Band on the marathon run?
Maxwell's silver medal?
Things we threw today?

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Re: Sir Paul McCartney to open London 2012 Olympics
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2011, 04:14:39 PM »

Better yet, wonder how he feels being a third choice?

A third choice but after two legendary bands. A legendary band will always be more important than a legendary solo artist, even though he comes from the most legendary band.
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Re: Sir Paul McCartney to open London 2012 Olympics
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2011, 06:18:35 AM »

Liverpool Echo.com
July 28, 2011
Olympic organizers deny signing Paul McCartney for opening ceremony

OLYMPIC organizers have denied signing Sir Paul McCartney to front the 2012 opening ceremony but welcomed the former Beatle’s support.
Press reports had indicated the star, 69, had done a deal after he said he was “up for it”.But a spokesman for the Olympic Games Organizing Committee today   told the ECHO: “It is great that someone of Sir Paul’s stature is interested but it is still very early days.“We are still a year away from opening ceremony.“Discussions are taking place with lots of high-profile people but it is too early to confirm anyone.”

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-news/local-news/2011/07/28/olympic-organisers-deny-signing-paul-mccartney-for-opening-ceremony-100252-29135057/
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