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Muse has confirmed to NME that the band will perform at the closing ceremonies for the 2012 summer Olympics in London, scheduled to take place this Sunday (August 12th). The band will play its new song "Survival," which was chosen as the official theme of the Games. Drummer Dominic Howard said, "I'm happy with the song. It's a proper Muse song. It's not something we just did for the Olympics. They sowed a seed by asking us to do some music but then five months went by. We showed them a few songs when they asked us about (playing the) closing ceremony and they loved it. It represented the enormous competition of what the Olympics is."
The lineup for the closing ceremony is being kept a closely guarded secret, with only Muse, Ed Sheeran, and George Michael confirming that they will be performing. The Who, Take That, Kate Bush and the Spice Girls are all rumored to be appear at the event.
A digital album featuring music performed on the final night of the Olympics, called A Symphony of British Music: Music For The Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, will be released on Sunday.
Muse frontman Matt Bellamy revealed earlier this week that "Survival" was almost a collaboration with Elton John. John eventually dropped out, but the band was contacted by the Olympics organizers directly about the song.
"Survival" also appears on Muse's sixth studio album, The 2nd Law, which is coming out on October 2nd.
The band has also announced "Madness" as the first official single from the 13-track effort, with the song slated to arrive at radio stations around August 20th.