Paul McCartney closes the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games with a well-received rendition of "Hey Jude".
David Beckham, Leona Lewis and Jimmy Page were the stars of the London 2012 handover performance in Beijing 2008, a move that alluded to the new host's musical pretensions.AFP/Getty Images
David Bowie performs his final concert as Ziggy Stardust in 1973 at the Hammersmith Odeon, London. His hit "Heroes" was used to introduce the home nation Team GB to the Olympic stadium.AFP/Getty Images
Infamous British punk rock group The Sex Pistols playing live in Copenhagen in 1977. Though banned by the BBC during their time as an act, their song "Pretty Vacant" was included in the Danny Boyle-directed Olympic opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Images