Sir Paul McCartney to conclude London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony

SIR Paul McCartney has confirmed he will conclude the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics in London.A performance by the former Beatle has long been rumoured, and in January he disclosed he was in talks about taking part.

• Sir Paul McCartney will be “closing the opening” as the Olympic Games draw near

Duran Duran headline opening Olympic Games concert to coincide with ceremony

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Speaking to the BBC he said: “I’ve been booked”, adding that he would be “closing the opening”.

He also admitted that “on certain occasions” he still gets nerves before performing.

A total cast of 15,000 will take part in the Olympic and Paralympic opening and closing ceremonies, which will be watched by an estimated worldwide audience of four billion people.

The full line-up of the opening ceremony on July 27 has yet to be announced.

Intended as a celebration showcasing the best of the host nation, it will feature a parade of all competing nations and the highly anticipated entrance of the Olympic flame, which ignites the cauldron and signals the start of the Games.

Meanwhile, a major Olympic Games opening concert coinciding with the opening ceremony will be headlined by 80s chart-toppers Duran Duran.

The band will represent musical talent from England, alongside Snow Patrol, representing Northern Ireland, Stereophonics for Wales, and Paolo Nutini who will play for Scotland.

The inclusion of Duran Duran prompted bemusement from some music fans.

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The band - formed 34 years ago - have scored just two top 10 hits in the past two decades.

But the involvement of Sir Paul, whose status as a national treasure is uncontested, is unlikely to prove controversial.

The Beatles were declared the biggest-selling singles act since charts began 60 years ago in a new Radio 2 countdown this week.