Elton John Almost Guested on Muse’s ‘Survival’ Single
Muse‘s new track ‘Survival’ is both the first single off their forthcoming album, ‘The Second Law,’ and the official song of the 2012 Olympic Games, but singer Matt Bellamy has revealed another startling factoid about that song that almost happened but was not to be: Elton John almost joined to Muse in the studio to provide a guest spot.
“Believe it or not, Elton John gave us a call and wanted to write a song for the Olympics,” Bellamy tells KROQ radio in Los Angeles. ”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! We’re going to do a song for the Olympics with Elton John?!’”
Unfortunately, John ended up in a little tiff with the organizers and pulled out, leaving Muse with ”a half-baked idea” that they decided to abandon as they moved on with recording the album. That is, until they got another phone call from the committee.
“And then the Olympics approached us again about the ending ceremony for us to play, and that’s when we played them that song, and they said they loved it and wanted to make it an official song of some kind,” explains Bellamy.
And the rest, as they say, is Olympics history.