Muse set to play Olympic Games closing ceremony

Band likely to play official track 'Survival' at Sunday's showdown

Muse are set to play the Olympic closing ceremony.

The band, who penned the official track for the Olympics, titled ‘Survival’, reveal in this week’s issue of NME, which is on newsstands from today, or available digitally now, that the track only came about after talks about them playing the closing ceremony went well.

“I’m happy with the song. It’s a proper Muse song,” drummer Dom Howard told NME. “It’s not something we just did for the Olympics. They sowed a seed by asking us to do some music but then five months went by. We showed them a few songs when they asked us about [playing the] closing ceremony and they loved it. It represented the enormous competition of what the Olympics is”.

‘A Symphony of British Music: Music For The Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games’, an album containing music performed on the final night, will be released digitally on August 12.

The line-up for the closing ceremony, which will celebrate 50 years of British music, is being kept a closely guarded secret, with only Muse, Ed Sheeran, and George Michael confirming that they will be performing. The Who, Take That, and the Spice Girls are all rumoured to be appear at the event. Yesterday, rumours also started to circulate that Kate Bush could perform, after a remix version of ‘Running Up That Hill’ was posted on Amazon, and subsequently removed.

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