By Zachary Swickey
English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is quickly becoming a hot music commodity and things are only getting better for the rising star. Talking to an Australian radio station, Sheeran claimed he’ll be performing Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” with the band’s surviving members at the closing of the 2012 Olympic ceremonies in London.
Sheeran had previously been rumored to be joining The Who at the event.
“I’m playing the closing ceremony – which I think is kinda cool right?” he told Nova FM. “A lot of people think that I’m doing a song with The Who but I’m not — I’m doing a song with Pink Floyd. I’m doing ‘Wish You Were Here.’”
The news caused quite a stir … especially with Pink Floyd, who didn’t take long to refute Sheeran’s claim.
“In response to press speculation, Pink Floyd state that the band is NOT performing at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games,” the band said in a press statement.
There are likely a variety of reasons for Sheeran’s confusion. Perhaps he was simply misinformed, or it’s entirely possible that the band just didn’t want to spoil what was supposed to be a surprise – kind of like when Warren G let the cat out of the bag for Dr. Dre’s Coachella performance by revealing all of the expected guest appearances.
Also, ever since the surviving members of Pink Floyd last performed together in 2011 – when David Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason joined Roger Waters onstage to play “Outside The Wall” during a London performance – they said it would be the very last time. So perhaps Sheeran is performing the track with just one of the members and not necessarily the full band?
This year’s closing ceremony lineup will celebrate 50 years of British music and is being kept a closely guarded secret with only The Who, Kaiser Chiefs, Take That, George Michael and Emeli Sande confirmed as of yet.
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By Zachary Swickey
As we anxiously await Mumford & Sons’ upcoming sophomore record Babel, the band have been vagabonds on the road overseas, premiering new material from the effort. Last night (August 1), the band returned stateside to conduct their very first New Jersey performance and made it one to remember by debuting even more tunes.
The band kicked off the U.S. leg of their tour at Hoboken’s vast Pier a Park, where they showcased some select new tracks. The band managed to perform nearly all of their Grammy-nominated debut Sigh No More in addition to playing various covers and five songs off Babel, which is expected to drop on September 25.
“I Will Wait” (Track 3 off Babel):
The performance marked Mumford & Sons’ first gig around the New York market in nearly two years. They made it up to fans by conducting a three-song encore that was prefaced with a brass rendition of “New York, New York.” Fireworks were even set off over the Hudson after the band’s cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Boxer.”
The band tried to play just one more song before getting axed by personnel, who wanted to make sure the show ended by the Pier’s 10:00 p.m. curfew. “We’re gonna be back as soon as we can, we promise!” frontman Marcus Mumford told the crowd.
The Spice Girls have yet to officially confirm that they will be performing at the closing ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in London, though the fact that they are allegedly set to perform two songs is just about the worst kept secret in music.
There have been sly hints and insider chit-chat, but none of the gals has stepped up to say it is 100 percent happening. So far the closest thing we’ve gotten to a confirmation has come from Victoria Beckham, who was asked about a possible reunion with her old bandmates by a British radio station in mid-July and said, “I don’t know about a comeback tour, but I loved being back with the girls…we are very excited about the Olympics.”
Today (August 2), the most coy of the Spice Girls tweeted yet another tease to stoke anticipation.
It comes in the form of a picture of a microphone encrusted with rhinestones and glitter. (Perfect, right?) Beckman tweeted the image earlier today along with the caption, “Look what I found!! X vb.”
Check it out:
Posh sure knows how to stir excitement in Spice World!
Beckham revealed the pic at nearly the same time as Sunday Mirror entertainment columnist Dean Piper tweeted, “So the Spice Girls are all together rehearsing for the Olympics RIGHT NOW in London. #itsonb*tches.”
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