The Arctic Monkeys score hit with "Come Together." PC: Wikimedia Commons
Sounds like the best way to score a quick hit in today’s music atmosphere is by giving the people a blast from the past, and who better to cover than the Beatles, especially in front of a worldwide crowd during the Summer Olympic Games.
Looks like the Arctic Monkeys have done just that, whose performance of the Beatles’ tune “Come Together” during the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games has become a bonafide hit.
The performance featured the popular British band in clearly in their element with frontman Alex Turner taking on lead vocals while trading in his signature Fender Bronco electric from a brand new Les Paul. The video of the performance has become an instant hit as soon as it was made available, currently sitting on number 14 on the iTunes download charts.
The ceremony itself was not without its spectacular moments as pretty much some of the biggest names in British rock came in to deliver a memorable event, featuring some legendary names such as Queen, The Jam, The Rolling Stones, Muse, The Sex Pistols, Paul McCartney and many more. Even Mr. Bean got in on the action, giving slightly jarred performance of “Chariots of Fire.” And if that wasn’t enough, James Bond and Queen parachuting down to the stadium was enough to get the crowd roaring.
Along with the success gained by the Arctic Monkey’s cover of “Come Together,” the soundtrack for the ceremony has also met huge success, currently sitting at number one on the iTunes album charts in Great Britain, Spain, France and Belgium. Here in the States, the album is currently at number 5.
Check out the video for “Come Together” as performed by the Arctic Monkeys down below.