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Beady Eye to play at the Olympic closing ceremony
When Liam Gallagher gave up booze and started running five miles every morning, he wasn’t on the sniff for an Olympic call-up.
But it’s just as well he’s in top shape because the Beady Eye frontman has been given the nod to appear at the closing ceremony of London 2012.
The former Oasis star will perform a new arrangement of iconic Noel track Wonderwall with bandmates Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock.
David Arnold, one of the top producers in the world, has been in AIR Studio in north London this week working on a new, epic orchestral arrangement.
And Noel can look forward to another tidy royalty check off the back of it.
A source said: “A couple of months back the Olympic production team got in touch with Noel about playing his part in the closing ceremony.
“Along with his manager, they thought long and hard about it. It was a big temptation, with 650million people expected to tune in on TV.
“But he knocked it back in the end — he has been on a great tour and he doesn’t really need to do it.
The organisers asked Liam if he was game and he said yes.
“The Who are on the same bill, so he was well up for it.
“The team wanted something quintessentially British — a real flag-waving, singalong moment to show the rest of the world what this country has produced.
Oasis were exactly that and, whether it’s Noel or his brother Liam, they just wanted a bit of rock ’n’ roll in there.”
Other acts in the closing ceremony include Kaiser Chiefs — and Russell Brand doing a turn with Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.
All performers have had to sign serious non-disclosure contracts to keep the big night a surprise.
Oscar-winning film director Danny Boyle has been overseeing the process, so it’s bound to be special.
On stage in front of 650million will also give Liam the chance to advertise his Pretty Green clobber — which will be getting Games organisers in a lather.
There’s also a good chance at least one four-letter word will slip out.
If swearing was an Olympic event, Liam would be the Usain Bolt of the field.
Via L4E Source: thesun.co.uk
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