The legend will play bass on the track - and one of the original 1984 crew will return...

Paul McCartney is to take part in the forthcoming BAND AID single.

The former-Beatle will play bass on the re-recording of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’, according to reports in today’s (November 3) Sun newspaper.

“It’s great Macca is involved. He is a real statesman and will give this record even more clout,” a source said.

“He’s the most famous bass player in the world and was keen to support the project. It will hopefully raise a huge amount of money for victims of famine in Africa.

It’s a great way to commemorate 20 years since the first singe and help raise awareness of the famine for a whole new generation.”

U2’s Bono will also take part, singing his infamous line from the 1984 recording. He is the only artist involved from the original line-up.

Coldplay’s Chris Martin is believed to be opening the song, Supergrass’ Danny Goffey is to play the drums, while Travis’ Fran Healy is to play in the guitar section.

Robbie Williams has reportedly recorded the whole track, leaving producer Nigel Godrich to chose which of the pop star’s lines he wishes to use in the song.

Williams recorded his section in LA on Monday (November 1) as he won’t be available for the live recording session in London. [/a] is also believed to have done the same.

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The single, which is being recorded under the official name Band Aid 20, is tipped to go straight to the top of the charts following its release (November 29) and stay there to take the Christmas Number One spot. Bookies believe that the song could be the biggest seller since ‘Candle In The Wind ’97’.