Usually these Olympic opening and closing ceremonies are dull, lifeless, bizarre and a waste of time and money.
Thank you, London, for showing the rest of the Olympic host cities how to do it right. The Who, Freddie Mercury looking as young as ever, Spice Girls looking good, Russell Brand lip syncing his way through a strange performance (would we have him any other way), three people I have never seen or heard before (although I enjoyed their Rolls Royce entrances), George Michael stopping in from the men's locker room to perform Freedom, Eric Idle singing a song from one of my favorite movies and even Madness of all groups playing Our House (still one of the greats).
A celebration of everything British. I even spent time educating the boys on who everyone was and who else should have been there (no Stones or Zeppelin, England? WTF??).
I also can't wait until the boys are old enough to watch my favorite movies with me. Most are adult oriented (Life of Brian) or a bit too scary (Jaws - although my 12 year old watched it with me a few weeks ago and claimed to have not been traumatized despite his hesitation to go swimming in the ocean a few days later) or violent (Goodfellas, Godfather, French Connection) or long (Bridge Over River Kwai).
It also provoked this conversation:
If the United States had the same celebration who would we have as musical guests?
Only one definite I would say: Bruce Springsteen.
But who else? Let's keep in mind they still need to be able to perform and epitomize what American music is all about. Or helped evolve it into what it is now.
Tentative list that is open for comments and debate:
Michael Jackson (ala Freddie Mercury. How about Rockwell performing with a video MJ singing the chorus??)
Run DMC (I would pair them up with the remaining Beastie Boys. Damn, they should do that anyway!! I would buy that album.)
Madonna (as much as it pains me)
Beach Boys (although after the Grammy's I'm not sure I want to witness that again)
BB King/John Lee Hooker/any other decrepit blues guitarist that can still keep their heads up
The Brady Bunch kids
Fats Domino/Chuck Berry/whoever is still alive from that era
Diana Ross (I'm grasping at straws here)
Green Day (if England can have half of Oasis, we can kick ass with Green Day)
Eminem/Dr Dre/Snoop Dogg
and, of course, Debbie Gibson and/or Tiffany
Who am I missing? I left Aretha Franklin off because she's in rough shape, but if she could get out there she's a definite. I would think Mariah, too? What about Carol King? Simon and Garfunkel? Just Simon? Van Halen (with Roth)? This conversation could go on for days....