The $40 million budget for this year’s Olympic opening ceremony apparently included purchasing power for a lot of song rights — 86, in fact.
The evening, happening July 27 in London, director of ceremonies Danny Boyle has strung together a playlist of both British and international artists young and old.
From electronic dance music to ’90s pop, classic rock to TV show themes, the extensive leaked track listing is available here from The Telegraph, which reports that while there is no official confirmation on the songs, the list is at least a good indication of what’s to come.
Big names like Coldplay and Adele join the Kinks, Muse, the Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys, M.I.A., Blur and Amy Winehouse. UK boy band One Direction is, regrettably, not included.
The most controversial selection might very well be the Sex Pistols’ “God Save the Queen,” with lyrics like, “God save the Queen/ She ain’t no human being/ There is no future/ In England’s dreaming.”
But Boyle evens the playing field with “London Calling” and “Going Underground.” Perhaps the greatest addition? Oasis’ ’90s sensation “Wonderwall.”
Of course, the Beatles claim three song spots: “She Loves You,” “The End” and “Hey Jude.”
The opening ceremony, inspired by William Shakespeare’s drama “The Tempest,” is also scheduled to feature live animals grazing on the rolling English countryside, including horses, cows, goats, chickens and 70 sheep.
Leading animal rights groups have written the London 2012 organizers in protest, saying the show will cause undue fear and distress to the animals.
But really, what sheep doesn’t want to be a star, rocking out to “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the stadium full of millions? They can at least chime in for the “Maaaaaamaaaaaaaaaaaa”s. –Kelsey Fowler
Kelsey Fowler is the 2012 Features Intern at The Denver Post, currently studying nothing music-related at Ithaca College. Help keep her in the loop on Twitter.