In a recent interview with KROQ, Matt Bellamy reveals how the band received a phone call from Elton John, requesting a song for the Olympics.
In the midst of recording The 2nd Law, the bands 6th studio album, Muse received a phone call that would change the course of their albums release and deliver an audience of over a billion.
Frontman Matt Bellamy explains his elation when learning that his song was adopted by the London 2012 Olympics. In a chat with KROQ-FM Los Angeles Stryker, he describes the amazement the band shares having penned the official Olympics theme. Its great to be a part of it. Its such an exciting time for London. Londons been building up to this for like ten years. Patriotism isnt really a big thing in England but I think this Olympics has brought it back a little bit.
More than just part of a montage, Survival was chosen as the official theme of the London Olympics. But how and why was the song chosen?
Bellamy describes a surprising phone call from a fellow English artist. Well actually, believe it or not, Elton John gave us a call and wanted to write a song for the Olympics. At one time Elton John was actually the director of the music for the Olympics. He contacted us and we thought This is far out! Were going to do a song for the Olympics with Elton John?!
So thats how the ball started rolling way back over a year ago, continues Bellamy. But then he pulled out of the Olympics. He didnt want to be involved anymore cause he fell out with the organizers so that left us with a half-baked idea. At that point we just let it go and carried on with making the album. And then the Olympics approached us again about the ending ceremony for us to play and thats when we played them that song ["Survival"] and they said they loved it and wanted to make it an official song of some kind.
According to officials, the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games will be titled A Symphony of British Music, to celebrate the fact that music has been one of Britains strongest cultural exports over the last 50 years. The worldwide broadcast of the Ceremony will start Sunday, August 12th at 9PM GMT (check local listings) and feature more than 4,100 performers, including 3,500 adult volunteers and 380 schoolchildren from the six east London Host Boroughs.