Bono performed an altered version of the line
Royal Blood have claimed they were asked to appear on last year’s Band Aid 30 charity single, but refused when they were told they couldn’t sing Bono’s signature line.
In an interview with The Telegraph, the duo revealed that drummer Ben Thatcher had a 30 minute conversation with the U2 frontman at the MTV European Music Awards on November 9 where they discussed the possibility of Royal Blood joining the list of stars to perform on the latest version of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’.
“We were actually talking about the Band Aid single,” said Thatcher. “It was just about to happen. We’d been approached to do it but it didn’t work out. Ed Sheeran and all the other pop stars were also there, and everybody was standing around talking about whether or not they were going to do it.
“I said to Bono I would only do it if I could sing his famous line with him. And then he said, ‘Funnily enough, I’m actually changing my line’. So I said, ‘Well, I’m not doing it then’.”
“Those were our terms,” singer Mike Kerr added. “We’d only do it if Ben could dress up as Bono.”
Bono himself sang an altered version of the lyric, changing it from, “Well tonight thank God it’s them instead of you” to, “Well tonight we’re reaching out and touching you”.
Band Aid 30 was released last November and featured the likes of One Direction, Elbow, Bastille, Queen’s Roger Taylor, Rita Ora, Jessie Ware, Ed Sheeran, Clean Bandit, Paloma Faith, Emeli Sandé, Ellie Goulding and more. The track – recorded to raise money for the Ebola crisis – went straight to Number One.
Earlier this month, Royal Blood made four of their B-Sides available to listen to for free on YouTube.