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The rock giants get together for charity

U2 are teaming up with Green Day to record a punk cover for charity.

The two rock giants will be heading into the studio in the coming weeks to lay down a re-worked version of The Skids track ‘The Saints Are Coming’.

The aim of the project, which was pioneered by U2, is to raise funds for the charity Music Rising, an organisation which replaces instruments musicians lost in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Writing on their official website Green Day said: “The devastation has always been fresh in our minds, and we’d like to keep it in yours.

New Orleans has always been a special city to us, being a hotbed of music and creativity, and it’s hard to believe parts of the Gulf region still remain devastated. We feel that it’s important to continue to raise awareness.”

The two bands will debut the track on US television on September 25 at the re-opening of the city’s Louisiana Superdome.

Meanwhile, U2 have confirmed that they have started working on the follow-up to 2004’s ‘How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb’ album with Red Hot Chili Peppers producer Rick Rubin.