A total of 16 days of international athletic events came to an end on Sunday night, as the London Olympics drew curtains with a grand celebration. The closing ceremony is being touted as the world’s most expensive karaoke concert, as director Danny Boyle created what he called a ‘Symphony of British Music’, showcasing an hour of great British hits.
It started with a film of late Beatles singer John Lennon singing his hit, Imagine. A giant replica of his face was created onscreen at the center of the Olympic stadium. Boyle also recreated a British mix of pop and rock tunes from the past 50 years for every generation. The all-girls-band, The Spice Girls, came together for the evening on top of black London taxis. DJ Fatboy Slim came in the world’s largest transparent plastic octopus, whose eight limbs twitched to the music. While actor Eric Idle sang Always Look On The Bright Side of Life, which is often sung by defeated sports fans to cheer themselves up, the line-up also featured singers Annie Lennox, George Michael and Liam Gallagher, and the bands, The Who, Madness, The Pet Shop Boys, to name a few.