Posted by: Frederik Balfour on August 28, 2008
Thanks to an alert reader of my Lip-Synching blog, it comes to my attention that the faking of Lin Miaoke’s performance at the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics has a precedent: it has just come to light that an entire performance by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) at the Sydney Games in 2000 was mimed. What’s more, the pre-recorded music was not even done entirely by the SSO, but included segments done by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
It looks like the same vigor that is enforced in testing athletes fo doping should be applied to Olympic organizing committees to ensure authenticity in performances. Let’s hope London Mayor Boris Johnson is bearing this in mind for the 2012 Games. Things at least got off to a good start in Beijing. Those were real guitar licks we heard Jimmy Page play.