Long-time rivals Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn are teaming up for Band Aid III. Organiser Midge Ure, who co-wrote 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' with Sir Bob Geldof - who is too busy to produce the record this time round, has revealed the Oasis guitarist and Blur frontman have both agreed to bury the hatchet for the first time in ten years and take part in the charity project. However, Damon is planning to take part under the guise of his animated band Gorillaz. Midge revealed: "Noel said he's going to do it and I heard Damon is going to do it as well, but as one of the Gorillaz. So whether he's going to actually be in the studio or whether it's going to be a cartoon character, I don't know. But they're both going to do it." Coldplay, The Darkness, Travis and Jamelia are already confirmed to feature on the song, which will be produced by Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, while Midge wants U2 frontman Bono to sing his line from the original 1984 version: "Tonight thank God it's them instead of you."

He also revealed that The Darkness star Justin Hawkins wanted to sing the famous line, but he thinks Bono should have the honour.

Midge told BBC radio station 6Music: "Bono turned that line into his and I think that it would be really difficult to replace him.

"The Darkness wanted to do it, but I don't think it would work with that falsetto voice."

The former Ultravox singer is also hoping to get Robbie Williams and Keane involved when the song is re-recorded in London within the next few weeks.

He said: "I've now spoken to Chris Martin, Travis, The Darkness and Jamelia who are all on board.

I'm still waiting to hear back from Robbie Williams and Keane.

But it now seems to have really taken off and people are desperate to be part of it.

"It's a great idea - it's the 20th anniversary of something quite magnificent."


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