Paul McCartney was reportedly paid only £1 for his performance at the Olympic Opening Ceremony on Friday [July 27].
According to Associated Press, McCartney, as well as fellow performers Mike Oldfield, Emeli Sandie and Dizzee Rascal, were paid nominal fees of £1 ($1.57) to make the Olympic contracts binding.
The ceremony was watched by an average of 42 million people worldwide. However, many music fans in America were left outraged after NBC’s broadcast of the Opening Ceremony failed to include a number of key musical segments.
Arctic Monkeys‘ version of The Beatles’s “Come Together” was included in the broadcast, but their performance of “I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor” was replaced by an advert break, as was Scottish singer Emeli Sande’s version of “Abide With Me”, which was sung in tribute to the victims of the terrorist bombings in London on July 7, 2005.
The segment which featured the Sex Pistols‘ “Pretty Vacant” was cut from the final NBC broadcast and Frank Turner’s appearance in the prologue to the ceremony was also ignored. 24 advert breaks were placed into the four hour long Opening Ceremony, reports Yahoo.
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