Paul McCartney has been approached to appear on a charity single to help preserve London’s cultural heritage.
McCartney is among a stellar list of names lined up for the single Don’t Go Changin’ Soho, which is part of the Save Soho appeal that already has the support of The Who, Pet Shop Boys, Kaiser Chiefs, Imelda May, Errol Brown, David Arnold and Heaven 17.
Actors and comedians backing the project – which is to safeguard historical music venues, theatres and cinemas in London’s Soho – include Stephen Fry, Benedict Cumberbatch, Idris Elba, Gemma Arterton, Andy Serkis, David Morrissey, Eddie Izzard, Paul O’Grady, Ben Miller, Phil Daniels, Kevin Eldon, David Schneider and EastEnders stars Jessie Wallace, June Brown, Charlie Brooks and Shane Richie.
Others appearing on the single include Classic Pop favourites Adam Ant, Marc Almond and Spandau Ballet guitarist Gary Kemp, plus The Shadows drummer Brian Bennett and leading saxophonist Ray Gelato. Boy George and Suggs are also in discussions.
David Bowie, Ray Davies, Jarvis Cocker and Paloma Faith have also been approached to be on the song.
Don’t Go Changin’ Soho is the brainchild of Tim Arnold, a singer-songwriter who founded Save Soho with Stephen Fry and writer Guy Hamilton. The single will raise money for Save Soho and the local Soho Parish Primary School, whose former pupils included The Sex Pistols’ Sid Vicious.