Blur, New Order to rock London 2012 closing concert
Fans in London for the 2012 Olympics will get a taste of two decades of British alt-pop before the final curtains drop on the games.
Blur and New Order -- both reunited and roaring again in recent year -- will headline the Aug. 12 live closing ceremonies concert in Hyde Park. They'll be joined by '80s ska revivalists The Specials, completing a troika of "English bands who were popular before Adele showed up."
Organizers will have giant video screens set up in the park so ticketholders -- who will pay £55 apiece to watch the performance -- can also keep tabs on the official Olympics closing ceremonies taking place across town in East London's new Olympic Stadium.
Originally formed in 1989, '90s Britpop icons Blur reformed in 2009 after an eight-year hiatus. The band's Graham Coxon announced in February that Blur was recording a new album. Just last week, Coxon and singer Damon Albarn performed a new Blur song -- "Under the West Way" -- at a Brit Awards-related event.
New Order, which formed in 1980 out of the ashes of Joy Division following the suicide of singer Ian Curtis, reunited with its original lineup last year, with the exception of bassist Peter Hook, who was replaced by Tom Chapman. The comeback followed a four-year hiatus.