The 2012 Summer Olympics officially kicked into high gear in London this evening (July 27). The celebration began with the opening ceremony, which was flavored with plenty of hearty rock ‘n’ roll, including a high-octane, unforgettable performance by the Arctic Monkeys. The band performed their chart-topping song ‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’ along with their cover of the Beatles‘ ‘Come Together.’

While playing at the Olympics in your home country is a major resume builder (to put it mildly) and a serious milestone for any band, the fact that the Monkeys played ‘Come Together’ is of particular significance. Not only did the boys perform the song before the Queen of England, but perhaps more importantly, they played the song in front of one of its songwriters, Sir Paul McCartney. That’s the really big deal here, since McCartney is considered one of the greatest living songwriters.

You can check out the performance of ‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’ and ‘Come Together’ below. One of the clips is just audio, but as clips have already been getting pulled from YouTube, it’s good enough. Allow this footage to make you feel like you were across the pond in London, enjoying the festivities.

The Arctic Monkeys sure have racked up some high profile gigs this summer, between the 2012 Olympics and a slot on Metallica‘s first-ever Orion Music and More Festival.

Watch Arctic Monkeys Perform ‘You Look Good on the Dancefloor’

Listen to Arctic Monkeys Perform ‘Come Together’

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