The Spice Girls Are Playing the Olympic Closing Ceremony
By Joseph Alexiou
As the last of the Olympics winds down (we're rooting for you, Mitcham!), folks are clearly gearing up for the closing ceremony — rumors of a big musical extravaganza have been more than confirmed.
According to the Daily Mail, Victoria Beckham, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Mel C and Mel B of the Spice Girls were spotted rehearsing at the former Ford factory in Dagenham, east London.
Other famous British acts said to be performing at the show included 90s pop sensation Take That, although the Mail references former lead singer Gary Barlow's recent tragedy of a stillborn daughter. Music royalty Kate Bush was also rumored to be making an appearence along with singer Suggs from the ska band Madness, who are confirmed as a booked act for the show In the latest update of the artist list. In the lastest update from various sources, Adele will also be performing in the ceremony. All in all, the show is meant to have more than 20 original artsists, all "household names."e
Other confirmed acts include George Michael, who Tweeted "Spending most of the next week rehearsing like crazy for the Olympic closing ceremony....." earlier this week; other confirmed acts include indie band Muse, and Ed Sheeran. Monty Python demigod Eric Idle is supposed to make an appearence to sing "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," while supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell will headline a procession of high fashion models, and even Russel Brand will make an appearence (we're guessing by falling face flat onto the stage from a great height, totally undamaged).
The whole show will include 30 major pieces of British music adapted and recorded by Olympics musical director David Arnold. The prolific composer is a living icon of British music, having scored five James Bond movies and teamed with the The Cardigans, Massive Attack, and Pulp, among others. According to a Daily Telegraph article, Arnold picked songs from the top 10 British records of every year since 1956, still leaving a choice of more than 500 songs to put in the show, "all of which you know, all of which were brilliant." He promises that the closing ceremony will be "beautiful, cheeky, cheesy, camp, silly and thrilling." But what about Spicy? Perhaps they're saving that for the end.