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LONDON Mike Oldfield wants to use the Olympics opening ceremony as a rallying cry.

The British musician performed part of his hit Tubular Bells live during Friday s spectacular, and says it was an honor and a vindication for a much-reviled musical genre: instrumental rock.

Tubular Bells was released in 1973 and sold millions. But a few years later the punk movement triggered a backlash against its brand of progressive rock.

Oldfield says it s time for a comeback.

He said Tuesday he hopes to use exposure from the ceremony as a relaunch for instrumental music real music. Let s throw away all the computer software.

The 59-year-old says he felt a glow of pride when Danny Boyle asked him to be in the ceremony, which celebrated five decades of British music.
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