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Music gear at the Olympics' closing ceremony: Muse, The Who, Beady Eye & more

Published: Mon August 13, 2012  News Feed
It’s been a tough couple of weeks if you live for music and couldn’t care less about sports. While London 2012 was a fantastic event, we wouldn’t blame you if a bit of track-and-field-fatigue’s begun to set in over the last few days.

But for some of the Dolphin crew who were less-than-excited about Usain Bolt and Victoria Pendleton’s achievements, the music overload of last night’s closing ceremony more than made up for it.

We won’t attempt to recount the whole event for you; nothing can replace seeing and hearing it for yourself. But as ever, the games’ organisers were keen not to show any branding that wasn’t from official sponsors, which extended to covering logos on amps and instruments — so we’ve prepared a cheat sheet to tell you exactly what gear the closing ceremony’s artists were using. No need for frustrated squinting while you play with the pause button — read on.

The WhoFender Custom Vibrolux Reverb

  • As you’d expect for a classic rock ‘n’ roll band, The Who had all their classic rock ‘n’ roll gear on display at the closing ceremony, including Fender Strats and acoustic Gibsons (played by Pete Townshend’s younger brother Simon).
  • The Fender Vibroking amp got a thorough workout — check out our “little Vibroking”, the Fender Vibrolux Reverb
  • We’ve got more detail on some of the other gear the band’s used throughout the year on our artist page for The Who.


George Michael

  • The Moog Voyager works brilliantly for recreating that Bernie Worrell P-Funk sound, which George is a huge fan of.

Ed Sheeran

  • We’ve written a comprehensive gear guide for fans of the 21-year-old singer-songwriter, who performed at the ceremony with Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason and Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford.


  • It looked like Brian May was using something very similar to his own brand of guitars.

Take That

Jessie J

Beady Eye

  • Liam Gallagher’s band were one of those where the brand-hiding was most evident, with no badges to be seen anywhere on their large array of amps. We had to double check, but:

Kaiser Chiefs

Everyone else…

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