The Summer Olympics are currently underway in sporting venues all over Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The first-ever South American Summer Games are the first to be staged since the 2012 competitions in London, England. For Sunday Cinema here’s a look back at Paul McCartney’s performance at the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics.
The Beatles legend was the final performance at event held at Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 that was produced by director Danny Boyle and Underworld’s Rick Smith. Sir Paul treated his fellow Brits to a rendition of the penultimate Abbey Road track “The End,” followed by the Fab Four’s classic singalong “Hey Jude.”
The entire Opening Ceremony from the 2012 Summer Olympics in London can be seen in the video below. Prior to McCartney’s performance, Pink Floyd’s “Eclipse” from their monumental album Dark Side Of The Moon was played over the PA while a video montage was synchronized to a massive fireworks display. There was also a sequence (starting at 1:06:11) that featured music by Eric Clapton, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Queen and several others and later in the show Arctic Monkeys covered The Beatles “Come Together” (3:13:00).
The Pink Floyd spectacle starts at 3:46:20 and is immediately followed by McCartney’s two-song performance. Watch the entire production via the link below:
Here’s behind-the-scenes footage and a brief rehearsal clip from London shared by Paul:
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