Liam Gallagher to perform Wonderwall at Olympics
- Bang Showbiz
- 20 July 2012
This article is from 2012.
Liam Gallagher will sing 'Wonderwall' at the Olympics closing ceremony after his brother Noel turned it down
Liam Gallagher will sing 'Wonderwall' at the Olympics closing ceremony.
The singer and his Beady Eye bandmates: Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock will perform a new arrangement of the hit, written by his brother Noel, after the High Flying Birds singer turned down the offer.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "A couple of months back the Olympic production team got in touch with Noel about playing his part in the closing ceremony.
"Along with his manager, they thought long and hard about it. It was a big temptation with 650 million people expected to tune in on TV.
"But he knocked it back in the end - he has been on a great tour and he doesn't really need to do it. The organisers asked Liam if he was keen and he said yes.
"The Who are on the same bill so he was well up for it.
"The team wanted something quintessentially British - a real flag waving, singalong moment to show the rest of the world what this country has produced. Oasis were exactly that and, whether it's Noel or his brother Liam, they just wanted a bit of rock and roll in there."
Other acts lined up to appear at the ceremony include Kaiser Chiefs and a special performance by the Spice Girls.