Evening Standard, Hulton Archive LONDON (AP) - Miles and Jimi. Jimi and Miles.…
- Posted on Jul 28th 2011 11:00AM by Chris Mugan
Charles Sykes, AP/PA
The spectacle -- watched by millions around the world -- is a showcase for the host city and nation, as well as a celebration to mark the launch of the event, so the powers that be have striven to get the biggest names possible.
Now The Mirror reports that Macca will headline the 2012 opening ceremony, though song choices and other plans still need to be finalised. Organisers tried to reunite the ex-Beatle with former bandmate Ringo Starr, but he is touring the US at that time.
The Rolling Stones also ruled out playing at the show, while Led Zeppelin declined to reform once more. Guitarist Jimmy Page was reportedly up for it, but singer Robert Plant was said to be "not interested." An industry source said, "The hope was to have the cream of British music all in the line-up, but it now looks like Macca will be joined by some younger stars on stage.
"But of all the people you would want, McCartney is number one. He is the ultimate showman and guaranteed to get the Olympics off to a great start." McCartney hinted at his appearance earlier this month when he told a US chat show, "I hear there's a rumour that I might be involved."