2012 Summer Olympics

London 2012 Closing Ceremony: Russell Brand and Weirdest Acts at Olympic Finale

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12:  Russell Brand performs during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 12, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIAugust 13, 2012

For the most part, the Closing Ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics were stylish and done very well, but leave it to Russell Brand to usher in the weird and misplaced elements of an evening.

Let me say this: I love Brand, I think he's hilarious and I would pay to hear him sing African Child from Get Him to the Greek. But when he took center stage at the London 2012 finale riding a pink bus, I was at a loss for words.

Turns out he was supposed to be Willy Wonka, which has no more a place at the Closing Ceremonies than African Child. Still, that was his aim and he missed.

Though it wouldn't have made it any better if he had been spot-on in his interpretation.

It was strange and it made me feel funny.

He wasn't the only act that left me scratching my head. Here is a short list of some other folks whose presence was bewildering.

 

Roller-Skating Nuns

What in the world was happening with this bit? I know we were in London, but this was equally as odd—if not more strange—than Brand.

It wasn't enough that there were performing nuns, with Monty Python music blaring, but they were on roller skates to boot.

It felt like the Roman Catholic X-Games, or a bad act from America's Got Talent. I certainly illuminated my red X for this one.

 

Brian May and His Silver Afro Puff

Queen is one of the most revered bands in music history, but what was the deal with May's hair? It was just kind of sitting there like a mushroom cloud. 

I think he may be caught somewhere between the style he chose 30 years ago, and the inevitable aging process.

Then there was Jessie J coming out to sing. I think she has a good voice, and she danced beneath May as he played the guitar.

The sad thing was that it didn't even appear that May was aware she was there.

 

George Michael Rekindling His Career?

Who told George the Closing Ceremonies would be a good place to share new music? Hey man, nobody wants to hear your new song. 

These types of events are for the songs everyone knows and can sing along with. When George Michael started singing a song from his new album, a hush came over the crowd.

But it wasn't a good hush.

It was thousands of people literally wanting George to hush. He beat pneumonia last year per NME.com, that is inspiring and I believe the song was an ode to that. 

But the message got lost because he delivered it in the wrong setting.

 

Pet Shop Boys Channel Their Live-Action Tim Burton

The legendary band looked like they leaped straight out of the Nightmare Before Christmas or Coraline. The costumes on some of the entourage's heads looked like the control indicators from The Sims video games.

I dig some of their music, but the outfits scared me.

 

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