Saturday, August 4, 2012
Elton Quit as Musical Director of the London 2012 Olympics
The Supermassive Black Hole hitmakers' track "Survival" is the main official song for the 2012 Games and during an interview on Los Angeles' Kroq-FM radio station, Bellamy revealed the band was picked to compose the special tune by Elton - who was set to oversee music of the sporting extravaganza.
He says, "Well actually, believe it or not, Elton John gave us a call and wanted to write a song for the Olympics. At one time Elton John was actually the director of the music for the Olympics. He contacted us and we thought 'This is far out! We're going to do a song for the Olympics with Elton John!'
"So that's how the ball started rolling way back over a year ago. But then he pulled out of the Olympics. He didn't want to be involved anymore cause he fell out with the organisers so that left us with a half-baked idea. At that point we just let it go and carried on with making the album. And then the Olympics approached us again about the ending ceremony for us to play and that's when we played them that song and they said they loved it and wanted to make it an official song of some kind."
Bellamy also admits he is proud to be a Brit as the U.K. capital plays host to the Games. He adds, "It's great to be a part of it. It's such an exciting time for London. London's been building up to this for like 10 years. Patriotism isn't really a big thing in England but I think this Olympics has brought it back a little bit."