The star reveals why he agreed to re-sing his famous line…

BONO has revealed why he was persuaded to re-sing his famous line for BAND AID’s ’DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS?’, despite initially refusing.

The U2 frontman – who sang “Well tonight thank God it’s them instead of you” in the original 1984 hit – thought the line was too poignant for him to repeat in the new version, which was recorded on Sunday (November 14).

The star flew into London’s Air Studios from Dublin at the weekend to re-record his vocals but had already given permission to Bruce Springsteen’ Justin Hawkins to take the line.

Bono explained: “I sang the whole song just to remind myself why we were all there. But they were after one line. And it’s a line I really, really wasn’t comfortable with.”

According to The Sun newspaper, the singer eventually agreed after persuasion from Travis’ frontman Fran Healy and producer Nigel Godrich.

Bono revealed that he has always felt guilty about singing the words, saying: “It’s a crushing line. I didn’t want to sing it and I didn’t think I had the voice for it. So I did an impersonation of Paul McCartney. But it sounds like Paul McCartney sitting on the toilet.”

For the Band Aid 20 single, due out on November 29, the star has changed his delivery of the line.

“Rather than that roar, I just tried it more like a whisper. Twenty years later I feel a lot calmer. This is no time for hysteria. We know what the problems are and we know how to fix them,” he said.

Band Aid 20’s ’Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ also sees performances from Snow Patrol, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Robbie Williams , [/a] and [a].

For a behind the scenes report on the day, as well as a world exclusive interview with Snow Patrol, see this week’s issue of NME, which is out now in London and nationwide tomorrow (November 17).