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August 13th, 2012 8:42am EDT

Victoria Beckham

Last night's London Olympics closing ceremony included performances by The Who, the reunited Spice Girls, Muse, One Direction and Queen guitarist Brian May.
 
Composer David Arnold and Kim Gavin's "A Symphony of British Music" extravaganza kicked off with Scottish singer Emeli Sande performing "Read All About It" to a stadium packed with fans.
 
Madness, the Pet Shop Boys, One Direction and The Kinks frontman Ray Davies also performed before the 10,800 athletes of the Games marched into the arena.
 
George Michael, the Kaiser Chiefs, Annie Lennox and Fatboy Slim also took the stage, as did Ed Sheeran with drummer Nick Mason for a rendition of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here."

At one point, the Spice Girls showed up in traditional black London taxi cabs and performed a medley of their 1996 break-out hit "Wannabe" and "Spice Up Your Life" on top of the vehicles.

Liam Gallagher and his group Beady Eye sang his old band Oasis' hit "Wonderwall" before former Monty Python star Eric Idle kicked off an audience sing-along with his "Life of Brian" anthem "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life."

Muse sang their official Olympics track "Survival" before late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury was honored when his image was beamed onto a big screen, while Brian May performed a guitar solo for the crowd, backed by a pyrotechnics display. He was joined by Jessie J for a rendition of "We Will Rock You."

The road to Rio - the host city of the 2016 Olympic Games - then began with a musical carnival extravaganza, before Sebastian Coe, the chairman of the London Games organizing committee, took the microphone to heap praise on the athletes, volunteers and huge crowds that made the sporting event such a success.
 
He declared, "Those of us who came to watch witnessed moments of heroism and heartbreak that will live long in the memory. The spirit of these Olympics will inspire a generation."
 
That wasn't quite the end of the evening - as the Olympic cauldron flames in the stadium were lowered, Take That took to the stage to sing their hit "Rule The World."
 
The audience was then entertained with a flamboyant ballet routine, which began with ballerina Darcey Bussell flying into the venue, and the flame was extinguished - but there was one last thrill for the 80,000-strong crowd as The Who performed a string of their hits and ended "with My Generation."

 

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