David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Kate Bush Turned Down Olympic Closing Ceremony

Acts declined to take part in live event

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David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Kate Bush Turned Down Olympic Closing Ceremony
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David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and Kate Bush all turned down the opportunity to appear in Sunday's Olympic Games closing ceremony, it has emerged. (Aug 12)

According to The Guardian the above acts including the Sex Pistols and The Libertines declined the invite to take part from the ceremony's producer Kim Gavin.

The Symphony of British Music', certainly showed of some of the best musical talents present and past with performances from Madness, One Direction, Pet Shop Boys, Elbow, Ray Davies and Emeli Sandé. George Michael, Kaiser Chiefs, Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, Taio Cruz, Tinie Tempah, Beady Eye, Eric Idle, Muse, Queen.

And even Russell Brand showed off his musical talents with a Beatles sing-along!! The most talked about performance of the night came in the form of '90s band the Spice Girls who dug out their microphones and reformed for the one-off event.

The five ladies performed favourite tracks 'Wannabe' and 'Spice up Your Life', While Take That made a surprise appearance with 'Rule the World' despite Gary Barlow's recent personal tragedy.

The report also states that the '90s girlband were reluctant to appear at the ceremony but changed their minds after being approached several times.

Over the weekend the Libertines' singer Carl Barat revealed that the band had turned down the chance to perform at the Olympics closing ceremony too.

The singer took to Twitter as the ceremony was taking place to reveal that they'd been been asked to play, but "couldn't do it".

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