Bedouin Soundclash lead vocalist Jay Malinowski will be wearing two hats when he comes back to his hometown on Friday for the 2010 Games.
In the morning, he’ll be joining a star-studded cast of torchbearers — including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Walter Gretzky — to run with the flame along Homer Street.
The next night he’ll perform with his band at Richmond’s O Zone, the first of two shows Bedouin Soundclash is doing for the Cultural Olympiad.
“I was pretty taken aback by (the invitation to carry the flame),” Malinowski said.
“It’s something I’ll obviously remember for the rest of my life … I wish Arnold Schwarzenegger was handing it off to me.”
As for performing to Olympic crowds, he said he can’t imagine anything bigger.
“It’s not like a festival or something. (Here), you’re a sideshow to the real event. We’re just excited that we’ll actually be able to get past security.”