Commonwealth Games 2022

Duran Duran and Black Sabbath to open Commonwealth Games

The 80s pop group will perform on the same bill as fellow local musician Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Singer Simon Le Bon said he was "honoured" to play the homecoming gig.

Peaky Blinders director Steven Knight will executive produce the event, which will be broadcast live on the BBC.

Duran Duran formed in Birmingham in 1978 and went on to become leading figures of the new romantic scene with hits like Hungry Like the Wolf, Girls on Film and Rio.

Australia interested in 2022 Commonwealth Games

David Grevemberg, CEO of the Commonwealth Games Federation, has confirmed Australia is one of four nations interested in hosting the 2022 event, which was recently made available after Durban was stripped of its right to stage the event.

It comes as western Sydney emerges as a challenger for country Victoria's bid for the 2030 Commonwealth Games.

Urgency needed in finding a city to host 2022 Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games Federation has stripped Durban has been stripped of the event, after it failed to meet financial and other key commitments.

Commonwealth Games: Durban stripped of right to hold 2022 Games

Durban was stripped of the right to stage the 2022 Commonwealth Games on Monday after a trail of missed deadlines and financial problems that highlights the daunting burdens facing host cities for major sporting events.

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) said the South African coastal city had failed to meet the promises contained in its bid, and the search for a replacement host was now on.

"The CGF is fully confident and committed to delivering a successful Commonwealth Games for athletes and fans in 2022," its president Louise Martin said.