The closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympics featured performances from some of the biggest names in British music. Even Queen and the Spice Girls made an appearance performing their biggest hits. The performers spanned the last 50 years and featured George Michael, Annie Lennox, and Liam Gallagher of Oasis.
Yet the biggest hit of the night turned out to be the appearance by Queen. Before the band took the stage, a huge picture of Freddie Mercury, the band’s late singer, made the crowd go wild. Queen then performed their smash hit “We Will Rock You” with the song being sung by British singer Jessie J.
The British Group The Spice Girls, who achieved mega stardom in the 90s, had a reunion on stage and played their hit songs “Wannabe” and “Spice Up Your Life.”
George Michael, who performed his song “Freedom” and one of his newer tracks told the crowd:
“Remember, right now, you are at the center of the universe.”
A children’s choir took to the stage to perform the John Lennon song “Imagine,” which was immediately followed by a video of Lennon himself playing the song. The Beatles have featured prominently at the Olympics with Paul McCartney also opening the Olympics.
The closing ceremony also featured the most important performers of the Olympics, the athletes themselves. All 10,800 walked into the stadium together unlike the opening event where they all walked in separately.
Closing Ceremony artistic director Kim Gavin was quoted in a press conference as saying he wanted the event to “be the best after-show party there’s ever been.”