Beady Eye confirmed for closing ceremony show
Michael Baggs

08:53 20th July 2012

After adding classic Oasis tunes to his Beady Eye repertoire earlier this year, Liam Gallagher and his band are set to perform at the Olympics closing ceremony after brother Noel turned down the opportunity.

Beady Eye are set to perform a brand new version of the track at the London 2012 closing ceremony, which has been produced by David Arnold - famous for his James Bond theme compositions.

Noel Gallagher was apparently approached first for the performance - but is said to have turned down the opportunity after mulling over the offer.

"A couple of months back the Olympic production team got in touch with Noel about playing his part in the closing ceremony," says a source to The Sun. "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.

"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."

Liam will perform alongside The Who, Kaiser Chiefs, Take That, George Michael and Emeli Sande at the event.

Below: the many faces of Liam Gallagher (and they are all the same)

  • 1997: Globe Arena, Stockholm

  • 2005: The Point Theatre, Dublin

  • 2007: BRIT Awards, London

  • 2008: Odyssey Arena, Belfast

  • 2009: Assago Forum, Milan

  • 2009: Heineken Music Hall

  • 2011: Heineken Music Hall, Amersterdam

  • 2011: The Troxy, London

  • 2011: The Atlantico, Rome

  • 2011: Brixton Academy, London

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