Of the Summer Olympic Closing Ceremonies and Muse
Olympics 2012 Closing London Muse
There were some highlights. A band whose name I forget did a cover of The Who my mom deemed "pretty good"; Ed Sheeran's cover of "Wish You Were Here" with former members of Pink Floyd was pleasant; and Eric Idle's performance of "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" provided great laughs.
The real reason I watched the two-and-a-half-hour ceremonies was because of Muse's performance. True, a single band's performance doesn't make or break the Olympics, but Muse, aside being one of my favorite bands, wrote and recorded the theme song for the London 2012 Summer Olympics, "Survival".
Muse didn't show all night. My mom and I dug through the internet and found Muse had performed live. We also found that I hadn't turned on the broadcast too late; NBC had simply cut Muse out.
Yes, you read that right. NBC. Cut. Muse.
I understand some Americans -- and probably some Englishmen -- don't like "Survival"; some probably don't like Muse at all. Maybe some also don't like Adele, whose performance also seems to have been cut. The problem is, some Americans also don't like One Direction or Taio Cruz or numerous other artists whose performances were aired.
To put it bluntly, NBC's editorial decisions were just as barking mad as the rest of the Olympic closing ceremony.
At least 'twas fun to watch.