Duran Duran to headline the opening ceremony of 2022 Commonwealth Games

music news 20/07/2022

Duran Duran is set to headline the opening ceremony at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

It will be a special performance for Duran Duran as they will perform in the city where the band was initially formed, back in 1978. 

Simon Le Bon stated he felt "honoured" to play the homecoming gig. 

"The Games is a momentous event for the great city of Birmingham" Simon said.

And we in Duran Duran are honoured to be a part of it in our home town.

"It is a true honour to be part of a global event that will bring sportspeople of all cultural backgrounds around the world together as one. Another milestone in a most incredible year for us" Roger added. 

The Commonwealth Games kicks off with an opening ceremony on Thursday July 28, 2022.

Duran Duran is set to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later this year, along with Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie and others. 

Duran Duran has also revealed that the band will reunite with former bandmates Andy Taylor and Warren Cuccurullo later this year for the induction ceremony.

The band agreed it was best to invite their old bandmates back as they were a key part of their history.

"I think that's the right thing to do because they were a very important part of the band throughout our history" Nick said. 

Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Roger Taylor are set to reunite to perform with former guitarists Andy Taylor and Warren Cuccurullo, which they confess will be a "challenge".

Speaking to the Daily Star newspaper's Wired column, bassist John said: "It's going to be fun to put a showcase together with Andy and Warren - that will be challenge!"

Nick said, "It will be, given we will all be in the same small dressing room."