British Music Icons Turn Down Chance to Perform at Olympic Closing Ceremony -
A whole host of genuine UK music icons turned down the
opportunity to appear at yesterday's Olympic Closing Ceremony,
David Bowie, The Sex Pistols, The Rolling Stones and Kate Bush all denied offers to perform at the event in Stratford, East London. And even the show's headline act, The Who declined the chance, twice. But a decision by the band to announce a US tour in July swayed them, given the scale of the promotional opportunity.
Yesterday the NME reported
that Carl Barat of The Libertines
was also offered the chance to perform, but Barat and Co also
turned down the chance.
Barat took to Twitter as the ceremony was in full swing to say that he and his Libertines bandmates had been asked to play, but 'couldn't do it.'
Kate Bush also couldn't be convinced to appear, but the quintessential British singer praised the organisers of the event, after a remix of 'Running Up That Hill' was used in the London 2012 finale.