Sir Elton John wasn't only due to serve as musical director at this years Olympics, but was also going to duet with Muse on their track 'Survival', the official song of the games. At least, that's what Muse front man Matt Bellamy says.
Whilst speaking to Los Angeles radio station Kroq-FM, Bellamy said that the band was chosen by Elton to compose the official anthem, whilst he oversaw all of the music at the sporting spectacular.
All this apparent talk went back to almost a year ago when, as Bellamy describes, Elton rang the band up to ask whether they would be interested in recording a song together to serve as the official anthem for the games. However, the initial plans fell through because Elton decided that he no longer wanted to be involved with the ceremony anymore, citing a falling out with organisers for the sudden decision.
Left with "a half-baked idea", Bellamy then describe how he and the rest of the band shelved the idea until they were approached again by an Olympics committee, once more asking them to perform in some fashion - this time for the closing ceremony. After playing 'Survival', the organisers were apparently so taken by the song that they decided to make it the official song for the games and the rest, as they say, is history.
Under Danny Boyle's direction, the opening ceremony featured music from the past 5 decades, helping him along with his musical choices were long-time friends Underworld, who originally worked with the film director on his 1996 film Trainspotting starring: Ewan MCGregor and Jonny Lee Miller.