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SBD Global/September 10, 2012/Olympics
The Most Successful Paralympic Games Ever End With Coldplay, Rihanna and Jay-Z
Published September 10, 2012
CLOSING THE CURTAIN: In a review, Bernadette McNulty wrote that the Paralympics Closing Ceremony "marks the teary end to Britain’s summer of sporting love, when not only did we fall in love with the games and their heroes, but each other." Olympics Opening Ceremony Dir Danny Boyle said that the London Games should be "about the best of us, and the last six weeks Britain has been able to swoon over our finest attributes: kindness, a sense of fun, ambition, determination and a love of a good party." However, Closing Ceremony Dir Kim Gavin chose a "much simpler cast of one band, Coldplay, rather than an ego-fuelled circus of ageing stars." Coldplay are one of those "marmite bands who may not be everyone’s idea of the best of British but they know how to play to a stadium and fill it with emotionally, uplifting anthems." Rihanna demurely flew in on a swing to liven things up with her hit "We Found Love," and later Jay Z joined them on "Run This Town." The most successful Paralympics ever thankfully got the rousing Closing Ceremony that "it deserved" (London TELEGRAPH, 9/9).