The Olympics Closing Ceremony rumor mill has run the gamut, with talk of many iconic British acts taking the stage for what’s being touted as a celebration of British music throughout the last 50 years. Ed Sheeranhas been confirmed, and speaking about his performance, for awhile now but news finally slipped out of who he’d be collaborating with.
Sheeran had previously mentioned that he would perform with a “big rock band” at the Olympics, inspiring rumors that he’d play with One Direction, for whom Sheeran wrote the song “Moments.” It turns out that he’ll be collaborating with psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd.
So what’s Sheeran’s role in all this? As he revealed in an Australian radio interview, he’ll be fronting an incarnation of Pink Floyd at the Closing Ceremony, alongside drummer Nick Mason and possibly one other Floyd member. Sheeran said they will perform “Wish You Were Here,” a Pink Floyd classic and the title track off the band’s 1975 album.
Sheeran added that Mason is the only Pink Floyd member confirmed to perform, but that “they’re trying to get someone else.”
The challenge stems from the fact that the band has been feuding over Pink Floyd’s legacy since one member, Roger Waters, quit in the mid 1980s. Yet, somehow, at 2005′s Live 8 benefit, Waters and David Gilmour buried the hatchet and performed a four-song set. In 2011, Gilmour and Mason joined Waters on stage at a London date on his tour.
Acts confirmed to perform at the Closing Ceremony include Jessie J, Taio Cruz, One Direction, Take That, George Michael and The Who. Those still rumored include Queen, the Spice Girls and Annie Lennox. A soundtrack of the Closing Ceremony will be available digitally shortly after its broadcast on August 12th.
-Jillian Mapes, CBS Local