London 2012 today handed the baton to Rio 2016 in a ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford with songs from five decades of British pop-rock, a tribute to one of the great hallmarks of the United Kingdom.
The symbolic cauldron off ended Olympic Games "happy and glorious" in London at the end of a fun party with lots unapologetic veteran who returned to meet the Spice Girls, Muse sang "Survival" and The Who closed the event with his anthem "My Generation".
Cars paraded "retro" bikes "mod" and flatbed trucks, from which some artists were singing a triumphant Olympic Stadium before more than 80,000 spectators while thousands of volunteers, a total of 4,000, did not stop dancing.
Brazil, next host of the Games, also had its space and appeared on stage in Stratford Renato Sorriso, Alessandra Ambrosio and Marisa Monte, in a samba parade remembered the carnival of Rio de Janeiro.
As occurred on July 27 with the opening of the Games, the show tonight was a tribute to British culture in the presence of figures like George Michael, Kate Bush, Queen, Madness, Take That, Pet Shop Boys, Liam Gallagher and Ray Davies, who sang "Waterloo Sunset" on one of the highlights.
Others were the reunion of the Spice Girls, a group that in the 90 sold over 75 million albums and sang tonight from the top of his London black cabs "Wannabe" and the hilarious performance of "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life "from the movie" Life of Brian "with a chorus of Bollywood.
He also stressed the "resurrection" of other leading British dead musical icons like Freddie Mercury for decades and John Lennon, who heard some of his compositions at the Olympic Stadium as if they were present.
With the stands packed as in ten days of athletics competition were exhibited London icons such as Big Ben, the "Gherkin" Foster or the Tower Bridge on a stage with newspaper-shaped blades and the faded colors of the British flag designed by Damien Hirst.
If for the Olympic opening was chosen to highlight the history of the United Kingdom, closure, designed by choreographer Kim Gavin and with a potential audience of one billion people, was a celebration of London, from its flagship newspaper, its taxis and monuments to its open and casual.
Live music accompanied at all times the ceremony, in which the Stratford Olympic Stadium looked spectacular with the colors blue, red and white Union Jack and which met the requirements of the Olympic Charter.
While the group Elbow performing "Open Arms" and "One Day Like This" was the moment the parade of athletes, who came together to stage "as one nation" after its owners hiciesen flag is the center of the track, London sight, and symbols.
From the sky could be seen a British flag, but from within, athletes danced at the end of 17 days of competition with the figures of Michael Phelps and Bolt Usian magnified and relief of the British authorities without incident by the development of the biggest sporting event planet.
"It's been a happy and glorious games," said the International Olympic Committee president, Jacques Rogge, echoing the line of the British anthem, a few days ago, named the "sketch" of Queen Elizabeth II skipping parachute James Bond.
The party ended with the cauldron removed while Take That performing "Rule the World", followed by the current members of The Who singing "My Generation" from fireworks.
In the list of 30 songs that sounded, to be put up for sale immediately, not lacking the "Here comes the sun" by the Beatles, "Imagine" by John Lennon, "Bohemian Rapshody" Queen, "Changes" by David Bowie "Wonderball" by Oasis, played at the stadium by Liam Gallagher.