Muse unveils official London 2012 song

London: British rock band Muse has announced that their new single ‘Survival’ will be the official song for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Writing on their website, the Devon band said they were “excited” and “honoured” to have been chosen.

Frontman Matt Bellamy “wrote the song with the Olympics in mind.”The song, which premiered on Radio 1, will be played during the games when athletes enter the stadium and in the run-up to medal ceremonies, reports said.

Bellamy said the track “expresses a sense of conviction and determination to win.”Survival will also be used by international broadcasters covering the games, and spearheads a programme of music called London 2012 Rock the Games.

Special singles from Elton John vs Pnau, Dizzee Rascal, The Chemical Brothers and Delphic will also be released during July and August.

More details are also due to be announced about a series of surprise live concerts at London 2012 venues, featuring Scissor Sisters, Rizzle Kicks and Soft Focus.

The Muse track got its first radio play on Radio 1’s Zane Lowe show after 19:00 BST on Wednesday, along with an interview with the band. The song is on sale to the general public online.

Last month, thousands of people turned out to see the rock band carry the Olympic flame through their home town of Teignmouth, on day two of the 70-day relay.

With a month to go until the London 2012 Games, organisers have also unveiled plans for other performances at Games venues.They include leading dancers from the English National Ballet, award-winning street dance crews and cheerleaders.

Music will also be provided by military bands and DJs, while short films will be shown on games days, explaining the rules of upcoming events.

A “goodbye” video, featuring safety and travel advice, has also been filmed, with contributors including Simon Pegg, Daley Thompson and Dame Helen Mirren.