Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has publicly expressed his disappointment in not being invited to perform at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Speaking with the U.K’s Telegraph at the Diamond Jubilee Celebration of the Arts at the Royal Academy, Page said, “Of course, I’m feeling rather hurt.” He added, “We put so much into Beijing, but weren’t helped by the Chinese giving us next-to-no practice time.”
Page put on one of the most memorable moments of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games closing ceremony, when he and Leona Lewis performed an electrifying rendition of the Led Zeppelin classic ‘Whole Lotta Love,’ alongside a red double-decker bus. The performance, which Page carried out at the request of the London Olympic organizers, has been credited for helping to ensure that the 2012 Olympic Games would take place in London.
It seems that forgetting about Page isn’t the only oversight made by the game’s organizers thus far; according to Bill Curbishley, the manager of legendary rock band The Who, the organizing committee had asked if deceased The Who drummer Keith Moon was available to play at the ceremony. “I emailed back saying Keith now resides in Golders Green crematorium… If they have a round table, some glasses and candles, we might contact him,” he told The Sunday Times.