One thing I should have mentioned in my last post is how sad I find it that Freddie Mercury is no longer with us. It’s not just sad because he died fairly young – 45 seems younger and younger to me as the years roll by. Nor because he was a unique talent, both as a song writer and performer. And it’s not even because of that truly embarrassing moment where David Bowie crashed to his knees and said the lord’s prayer at the tribute concert, which could have been averted with a lack of Mercury’s demise.
No, I find it sad because both the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics would have been the best ever, if he was still alive. The organisers would simply have to get Queen perform for 3 hours for both the opening and closing ceremonies and the job would be done. No one would debate the quality, it would be a known fact that the best ever show on earth had just been put on, every Olympic city thereafter would feel humbled and it would be quite cheap.
As it is, they’ll probably roll out Coldplay, who might also be cheap, except for the hidden cost to Britain’s dignity.