London: British rock legends ‘The Who’ have been chosen to headline the closing ceremony of the London Olympics.
They will be the star attraction of a musical extravaganza, which will mark the handover of the Olympic torch from London to Rio de Janeiro.
The event will also coincide with The Who’s 50th anniversary.
The band’s surviving members – singer Roger Daltrey, 68, and guitarist Pete Townshend, 67 – were asked to take part by ‘Take That’ producer Kim Gavin, the man in charge of the ceremony.
“When you’ve been around as long as The Who it can seem like you’ve seen and done it all,” the Mirror quoted a source close to The Who, originally famed for smashing up their instruments on stage, as saying.
“But the opportunity to play the biggest show on earth was too good to turn down, and Roger and Pete are delighted to be involved,” the source added.