October 22, 2004 11:48

OASIS AND BLUR UNITE FOR BAND AID III

Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn get set to bury the hatchet for a good cause...

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BRITPOP arch rivals NOEL GALLAGHER and DAMON ALBARN have reportedly put their differences aside and signed up for BAND AID III.

The Oasis and Blur stars, who famously fell out back in 1995, have become the latest big names to agree to help raise cash for stricken victims of famine in Africa, according to a report in today's (October 22) Sun newspaper.

Ure told The Sun: “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.”

As previously reported on NME.COM, other acts reported to be taking part include Coldplay, Robbie Williams, Jamelia and Dido.

The single - a re-recording of 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' - is hot favourite to be the Christmas Number One, and will also feature the original version released in 1984. A re-recorded version also reached Number One in 1989.

The original raised £8 million for famine relief in Ethiopia and spawned the massively successful Live Aid concert in July 1985.

Midge Ure — who co-wrote the charity song with Bob Geldof — is masterminding the new version, which is likely to be recorded at a London studio on November 14.

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