Coldplay, Rihanna, Jay-Z Perform at London 2012 Paralympics Closing Ceremony
LONDON - The Paralympics 2012 here came to a star-studded end Sunday night as Coldplay, joined by Rihanna and Jay-Z, played at the closing ceremony to help wrap up London's "Summer of Sports."
While the star-studded closing ceremony to the Summer Olympic had drawn mixed reviews, the British press lauded the Sunday spectacle on Monday as broadcasters geared up for one more big media event here - a Monday day-time parade of the British heroes of this summer's Olympics.
During Sunday night's three-hour-plus Paralympics closing ceremony, Coldplay opened with "Us Against The World" before playing more than a dozen other songs, including "Yellow," "Up in Flames," "42" and "God Put A Smile Upon My Face."
Rihanna joined the band for a rendition of "Princess Of China," arriving on a wooden ship, and also sang her hit We Found Love. "Being at the Paralympics is the biggest honor," she told the crowd. "These athletes are gladiators and are a true inspiration to me."
Jay-Z later joined Coldplay and Rihanna for a collaboration on his "Run This Town" and sang a modified version of the band's "Paradise" with them.
Coldplay finished the ceremony with "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall."
"We loved it," The Sun tabloid, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., said about the closing ceremony on its front page Monday. Above a picture of a heart formed out of flames inside the 80,000-seat Olympic stadium, it said that the "heartfelt farewell" wowed millions.
The Times, also part of News Corp., used a different photo of the burning heart along with the headline: "From the Heart. London 2012." The Daily Telegraph similarly used its front page to say farewell to what it called "The Summer of Love." And the Guardian featured the closing ceremony fireworks on its front page above the headline: "Goodbye to Britain's Golden Summer."
All major U.K. broadcasters are expected to air at least parts of the Olympics parade Monday. Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle told the ITV morning show Daybreak: "The Olympic victory parade will be our way to say thank you to everyone who has supported us."