Paul McCartney Could Perform At 2012 London Olympics

Paul McCartney Could Perform At 2012 London Olympics

This summer, Paul McCartney tickets will be sold to his third trek of North America in as many years.

Macca’s “On The Run” tour sprints out of the starting block on July 15. It’s the first of two shows Paul McCartney will undertake at Yankee Stadium in New York City.

While he’s performing all over the United States and Canada this summer, next summer the former Beatle may take the stage at the 2012 London Olympics.

Earlier this month, Sir Paul was asked if he’s been approached to perform at the upcoming London Games. Here’s Paul’s answer:

“I’ve no idea about that. Have they asked me? No, well I met a man who knew a man. They don’t ask me to do everything. I haven’t heard anything about that just yet. I’m not looking coy, but, you know, I’m working on it. Well, you know, its Olympic, very good running, very good jumping, very good swimming and all that. That’s the basis, you know, and if they’re interested in that I could think of doing it.”

Earlier this year reports surfaced that McCartney would join Mick Jagger and Johnny Rotten in a super group that would perform at the opening ceremonies.

Olympics generally celebrate the cultural history of the host city and country. One of the things London, as well as the country of England, is known for is their rich musical tradition, especially in the genres of rock and pop. No other country in the world can surpass England in sheer numbers of musical legends.

One of those musical legends performed at the closing ceremonies of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page played guitar for singer Leona Lewis.

Land of Punt would like to see organizers of the London Games pull out all the stops and put together a jam session that would end all jam sessions. Besides the four names already mentioned (McCartney, Jagger, Rotten, and Page), LOP would like see the following on the same stage at the same time:

Bernard Sumner
Brain May
Chris Martin
Damon Albarn
Elvis Costello
Eric Clapton
David Bowie
Ian Anderson
Jeff Beck
Keith Richards
Liam and Noel Gallagher
Mick Jones (of the Clash)
Norman Cook
Ozzy Osbourne
Paul Weller
Pete Townshend
Ringo Starr
Robert Plant
Robert Smith
Rod Stewart
Roger Daltrey
Roger Waters

Land of Punt has no idea how so many artists will work out logistically, or what songs they’ll sing (probably something by The Beatles) but we don’t care. We just want to see it happen. And it should happen. There are some performers on our list that might not be around for another Summer Olympics and what other occasion is big enough to warrant a meeting of all of England’s musical icons.

Perhaps you noticed that our list was sans Elton John. LOP didn’t include John because he’ll be performing at the Olympics one way or another. He’ll be there because he’s the most successful and greatest English performer that’s still capable, malleable, popular, relevant, and willing.

Right now, any McCartney performance at the Olympics is mere speculation. What is not supposition is his 2011 summer itinerary.

After rocking the Big Apple, Paul McCartney will be in Detroit for a July 24 concert at Comerica Park. He’ll follow his Motown gig with a two-night stand in Montreal at the Bell Centre July 26 and 27.

Next, Paul McCartney travels to Chicago to perform at Wrigley Field on July 31 and Aug. 1. His last confirmed stop is a Paul McCartney gig in Cincinnati at the Great American Ballpark on Aug. 4.

The 2012 Summer Olympics will be held from July 27 to Aug. 12. The city of London is the first city to officially host the games three times. 

Major Performers At The Opening & Closing Ceremonies of The Summer Olympics In Last 20 Years
Barcelona 1992
Freddie Mercury (via audio recording)
Montserrat Caballé
Sarah Brightman
José Carreras

Atlanta 1996
Celine Dion
Gladys Knight
Gloria Estefan
Trisha Yearwood

Sydney 2000
Olivia Newton-John
John Farnham
Vanessa Amorosi
Tina Arena
Yvonne Kenny
Jimmy Barnes
Midnight Oil
Kylie Minogue
Slim Dusty
Christine Anu
Nikki Webster
John Paul Young
Men at Work
Tommy Emmanuel
Savage Garden

Athens 2004
George Dalaras
Haris Alexiou
Anna Vissi
Sakis Rouvas
Eleftheria Arvanitaki
Alkistis Protopsalti
Antonis Remos
Mixalis Xatzigiannis
Dimitra Galani

Beijing 2008
Liu Huan
Sarah Brightman
Leona Lewis
Jimmy Page
Wei Wei
Sun Nan
Andy Lau
Emil Chau
Jackie Chan
Karen Mok
Kelly Chen
Joey Yung
Nicolas Tse
Wang Lee Hom
Stefanie Sun
Nicky Wu
Aaron Kwok
Jacky Cheung
Ekin Cheng
Ashley Tisdale
Lucas Grabeel

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