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Gabriel directs World Cup music
Brian Eno, stage designer Mark Fisher and Peter Gabriel (far right)
Brian Eno with stage designer Mark Fisher and Peter Gabriel
UK singer Peter Gabriel will be the musical director of next year's World Cup opening ceremony in Berlin, with UK composer Brian Eno writing its anthem.

Gabriel said he would "make some noise" in the $29m (16.7m) Olympic Stadium show on 7 June, featuring pop act Black Eyed Peas and soprano Jessye Norman.

Tickets for the ceremony will cost up to 508 each.

The two-hour show will be staged two days before the opening match in the month-long tournament.

Asked why he had signed up, Gabriel joked: "It's the same attraction for a musician as for a footballer - money, sex and drugs."

The gala's artistic director, Austrian Andre Heller, has also recruited avant-garde choreographer Philippe Decoufle, who directed the 1992 Winter Olympics opening and closing ceremonies in Albertville.

A total of 132 former World Cup winners are expected to attend the gala, including Argentina's Diego Maradona and Brazilian legend Pele.


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