Arctic Monkeys, Paul McCartney and Two Door Cinema Club frontman Alex Trimble all performed at the climax of the Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Arctic Monkeys played ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ and a cover of The Beatles’ ‘Come Together’ – in front an estimated global audience of a billion people.
After quoting a line from The Beatles’ 1969 song ‘The End’ – “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make” – he started up on the piano, leading the Olympic Stadium in a mass singalong. He even went up to the front of the stage and asked “the fellas” and then “the women, the girls” in the crowd to sing parts of the chorus separately.
Of his performance, Turner said: “Being asked to play the Opening Ceremony was something I never imagined was going to happen in my wildest most feverish dreams; but the fact that Danny Boyle asked me personally, as a fan, convinced me to do it. It’s a pretty terrifying prospect, but I’m secretly pretty happy to be part of it, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing.”
A surprise musical guest came in the shape of Two Door Cinema Club frontman Alex Trimble, who sang ‘Caliban’s Dream’ – a song written specially for the ceremony by Underworld’s Rick Smith – as young athletes carried the Olympic Flame around the stadium before they lit the Olympic Cauldron to Pink Floyd’s ‘Eclipse’.
Other, non-musical guests of honour at the ceremony included boxing legend Muhammad Ali. The biggest talking point of the night – though it only made sense to people watching on TV – was the site of the Queen taking a helicopter ride with Daniel Craig and appearing to sky-dive into the Olympic stadium.