Music gear at the Olympics' closing ceremony: Muse, The Who, Beady Eye & more
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.
- 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.
- Full details of Matt Bellamy’s FX pedals
- Bassist Chris Wolstenholme uses a Russian Big Muff Pi in most songs, often in conjunction with an Akai Deep Impact SB1 pedal.
- The Moog Voyager works brilliantly for recreating that Bernie Worrell P-Funk sound, which George is a huge fan of.
- 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’s musical director Mike Stevens is a noted fan of Yamaha gear, including:
- The band’s synth man loves Roland’s Jupiter 80 and Fantom G8
- Her band love the old school charm of the Roland GAIA SH-01 Synthesizer.
- 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:
- The Chiefs use Line 6’s range of wireless guitar systems to let them move about onstage.
- Singer Ricky Wilson uses a Sennheiser SKM 935 after upgrading from various other Sennheiser mics.
- Most artists at massive arena shows like this use Sennheiser wireless mic systems, so we’re betting that’s what was in use last night.
- Although we couldn’t spot any SE mics last night (they’re mostly used in the studio), ceremony performers Pet Shop Boys, Spice Girls and Elbow are noted for using them on record.