Paul McCartney confirms he'll be performing at the Olympics opening ceremony

Macca told BBC 5 Live that he had officially been 'booked' for the big show in East London

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Paul McCartney has confirmed rumours stating that he would be playing this summer's Olympic Games opening ceremony in London.

Speaking to BBC 5 Live yesterday (June 4), the former Beatle said: "I've been booked" and explained that he would be "closing the opening" of London 2012.

The opening ceremony will take place on July 27 in East London and has an Isles of Wonder theme. The ceremony is being staged by Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire director, Danny Boyle, who is the event's artistic director.

Yesterday, McCartney also closed the Queen's Jubilee Concert in London with a five-song greatest hits set in front of the watching monarchy. Playing to a crowd of 12,000 on a stage in front of Buckingham Palace, the former Beatle topped a bill which featured artists from the past six decades of Elizabeth II's time on the throne.

After kicking off with 'Magical Mystery Tour', McCartney went on to play 'All My Loving', 'Let It Be' and 'Live And Let Die' - complete with customary pyrotechnics. He then closed the show with a star-studded version of 'The White Album' track 'Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da'.

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