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Joined: Dec. 1999
||Posted: July 30 2012, 08:30
Judging by the overwhelmingly positive reaction on the forums, we're sure that Mike Oldfield fans the world over will join us in congratulating Mike on his contribution to the Olympic opening ceremony on Friday night!
The UK's Sunday Telegraph published a long interview with Mike, including the news that he is currently working on a new rock album.
Some of the same interview material as the Sunday Telegraph interview has also been made available as a video by mikeoldfieldofficial.com. [link]
Mike's specially-created medley from the ceremony is included on the Isles of Wonder opening ceremony soundtrack album, which is available for download now on the iTunes Store. The double CD edition, due for release on August 2nd, is available for pre-order at Amazon (UK / Germany / USA).
On a related note, according to the Manchester Evening News, British music retailer HMV has reported a 757% increase in sales of Tubular Bells since the opening ceremony - the greatest increase for any of the acts who appeared.
Update July 31st: The London Evening Standard has published a roundup of "the stories behind the Opening Ceremony’s most moving moments", including a section on Mike's performance.
The Daily Telegraph is carrying an interview with Mike where he reveals how he left the stadium to watch the ceremony on TV.
The Associated Press has released an article revealing Mike's hope's for a renewed interest in hand-played instrumental music as a result of his opening ceremony appearance.
Update August 3rd: A new interview appears in the Huffington Post where Mike describes how the project developed including a comment about thinking of performing the Blue Peter theme tune at one point.
Mike's opening ceremony piece is available to download as an individual 320kbps MP3 track in the UK from play.com