And Ray Davies’s performance of “Waterloo Sunset” has now officially been bumped so NBC can show an episode of their new show with the monkey.
The Kinks, man. They get no respect at all. Apparently the performance, along with the also-bumped one by The Who, can be seen in the late night broadcast, beginning around midnight ET.
Thanks for joining us in the live blog, which is now going to bed.
As you may have noticed during tonight’s live blog, Robert Samuels (a Millennial) and Jen Chaney (a Generation Xer), have processed the entertainment in very different ways.
Here’s a brief rundown of our two different takes of key moments of the show:
The Spice Girls
The Millennial: OMG, my life just infinitely was made better by the reunion of the true Fab Five. They taught me everything I need to know about love. Their harmonies were a little off, but give ‘em some slack. I would’ve loved to hear a performance of “Say You Will Be There,” because that’s all I wanted Sporty, Scary, Posh, Baby and Ginger to say since these Games were scheduled for London.
The Gen Xer: Would rather hear a subpar performance of “Wonderwall” than watch Posh Spice dance on top of a car. That said, I might have been more excited if they had done “Two Become One.”
The Millennial: Rather would have heard Vocal Adrenaline. But Jessie J wasn’t too terrible, I thought. And I was actually convinced that Freddie Mercury wasn’t dead.
The Gen Xer: The entire closing ceremony should have been performed by Freddie Mercury via videotapes of his past performances.
The Millennial: McKayla is not impressed. He pulled out all the stops and, yet, I couldn’t get my mind off how much more I wanted to see of the Spice Girls.
The Gen Xer: Subversive comedy from a Monty Python alumnus? More, please.
Shouldn’t the transfer of summer Olympic power from the Brits to Brazil have been conducted while Duran Duran (a British band) sang their hit song “Rio”?
A Celebritology reader suggested this two weeks ago and it seemed so obvious. And yet here we are, the torch passed, LeBon-less.
Ray Davies’s reportedly stirring performance of “Waterloo Sunset,” a key moment in the Olympics closing ceremony, has yet to be shown during the NBC broadcast. With every minute that passes, I fear it has been cut for time. Which is an abomination considering this network spent 90 minutes earlier tonight reminiscing about Olympic moments that just happened a few days ago.
Is it because NBC thinks we Americans don’t know the Kinks? That Davies is too old for the coveted young demographic, which makes no sense since we’re about to see The Who?
Ray Davies was trending on Twitter earlier today, NBC. Trending, I tell you! You have 30 minutes to rectify this situation. Let’s hope we see some Davies before this thing ends.
So that was not a hologram of Freddie Mercury we just saw during the closing ceremony. It was video of an old Wembley Stadium performance shown on a huge telescreen.
But it is still a reminder of what a phenomenal performer he was. Even virtually, more than 20 years after his death, he has vocally crushed every in-person musician that preceded him.
Jessie J., bless her, is now trying to sing “We Will Rock You” in his absence. She is making a valiant effort. But she doesn’t have a prayer of matching Mercury because no. one. can.
Watching Monty Python vet Eric Idle perform “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” is easily the highlight of the closing ceremony so far.
I have no idea what the Victoria’s Secret Angels or the roller-blading nuns were doing in this number. But I don’t care.
The stadium audience loved it. Prince Harry was whistling. Idle said a bad word, which was bleeped from the NBC broadcast. It featured Bollywood-style dancing and a human cannonball. It was basically what sheer greatness looks like.
Well, there’s one way it could have been better. If, as in the movie “Life of Brian,” it had been performed by Monty Python members nailed to crosses. Whatever. I’ll settle for Vikings in a kickline.
Liam Gallagher is performing “Wonderwall” with his band Beady Eye, even though his brother and Liam Gallagher Enemy No. 1, Noel Gallagher, wrote it and originally sang it much better.
It’s a testament to how great this song is that, even via this highly nasal version, it still sounds pretty phenomenal. I also enjoy watching Olympians sing along to this in a heartfelt manner.
And yes, as ’90s flashbacks go, an Oasis homage beats the Spice Girls by seven miles, in my opinion.
It’s very easy to hate on Ryan Seacrest. And I actually don’t want to hate on him. He is often very smooth on the air, especially during his morning radio show, and that’s a lot harder to achieve than it seems. Also, the guy has approximately 87 jobs and therefore probably has not slept since 2007.
But when it comes to tonight’s closing ceremony broadcast, I am not sure he’s been adding much. For example, during the Jessie J., Tinie Tempah and Taio Cruz segment, he noted that there is truly “something for everyone” in this closing ceremony. He also informed us that “You Should Be Dancing” is a Bee Gees song. These technically do not qualify as insights.
To his credit, however, he’s kept his mouth shut to a much greater degree than Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira did during the opening ceremony. So maybe we should go easy on him. Maybe?
That Beatles mystery has now been solved courtesy of Russell Brand’s closing ceremony cover of “I Am the Egg Man,” which he is remarkably
lip syncing performing without a microphone.
In other news … where is Ray Davies? Has NBC cut his performance from the broadcast, demonstrating yet another reason why watching the live stream is better?
But I would rather just see David Bowie sing “Fashion” live.