Image credit: Ross HalfinThe closing ceremony of the London Olympics Sunday night brought together several of the host country's most well-known artists from the past five-plus decades, highlighted by a performance by The Who.
Here's a rundown of the musical highlights:
-- Though The Who was the last act seen during NBC's coverage of the closing ceremony, their rendition of "Baba O'Riley" didn't air until around midnight on the East Coast. That's because the network snuck in a preview of its new comedy Animal Practice at 11 p.m. ET.
The Who also performed "My Generation" and "See Me, Feel Me" at the ceremony.
-- A children's choir, aided by footage of a singing John Lennon, sang a stirring version of his song "Imagine." A sculpture of Lennon's face was also displayed by performers on the stadium floor.
-- Similarly, Freddie Mercury was remembered with a clip of the late ***** frontman exciting the crowd during a 1986 show at Wembley Stadium. ***** guitarist Brian May was joined by British pop star Jessie J on his band's classic "We Will Rock You."
-- Another British pop star, Ed Sheeran, teamed up with members of Pink Floyd and Genesis for Floyd's "Wish You Were Here," complete with a tightrope exhibition that called to mind the man-on-fire Wish You Were Here album cover.
-- Muse played the official Olympic theme, "Survival."
-- Liam Gallagher's band Beady Eye "covered" his Oasis hit "Wonderwall." There was no sign of his former Oasis bandmate and estranged brother, Noel Gallagher.
-- Ray Davies sang "Waterloo Sunset" by his band, The Kinks.
-- David Bowie was not present, but a medley of his hits provided the soundtrack to a ****** to UK fashion featuring supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell.
-- British rockers Kaiser Chiefs covered The Who's "Pinball Wizard."
-- Fatboy Slim controlled a turntable and played his hits from inside an inflatable octopus.
-- Monty Python star Eric Idle sang "Always Look at the Bright Side of Life."
-- Russell Brand presumably lip-synched his way through "Pure Imagination" from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as well as The Beatles' "I Am the Walrus."
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