Coldplay are being lined up to open the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The British rock band – comprising of Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman, and Will Champion – will be performing a specially-written official Olympics anthem called Welcome Song if they are confirmed for the historic gig.
It is rumoured that the band’s frontman Chris, 34, is a top contender for Olympic bosses, and they are desperate to get the band on board.
“Chris is at the top of the list to front the official record. He’s a huge star and a British musical icon, with an international profile,” an insider told British newspaper The Daily Mirror. “We’re pulling out all the stops to get hold of him, ideally with the rest of ¬Coldplay involved, too.”
The performance at the opening ceremony next year could reach a TV ¬audience of two billion and is set to go down in history as one of the biggest gigs on record. Coldplay – who are multiple Grammy award winners – would be far accomplished to headline the ceremony.
“Coldplay are the biggest stadium rockers in Britain today and their style of anthemic music would be perfect for the Olympics. It needs to be something inspirational,” the source continued. “The hope is that they would perform at the opening ceremony, as well as produce a recording of the track, which could help fund good causes in British sport.”
The opening ceremony on is on July 27 2012, and is currently being masterminded by director Danny Boyle, who is famous for helming films including Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire.
Other artists being approached to appear at the opening ceremony are Joss Stone, Muse and Damon Albarn.
Olympic spokesman Richard Crowe confirmed the Cultural Olympiad was looking for a contemporary artist, such as Coldplay or Muse. The final decision however is up to The Dartington Hall Trust – who bosses have appointed to commission the Olympic track.
A spokesman said they are in the early stages, but are holding out for the right artist.