Soccer superstar David Beckham will take the stage at the London leg of charity event LIVE 8 - to introduce singer Robbie Williams.

The Real Madrid ace will make his appearance at the Hyde Park concert on 2 July (05) after being persuaded to do so by his wife, former SPICE GIRL Victoria Beckham, and Williams himself.

An insider says, "Robbie said it was a shame David couldn't be involved somehow and the idea just popped into his head.

"David seemed a bit nervous at first but Victoria convinced him it would be a great idea.

"It won't be a long speech but he will have something important to say."

Live 8 concerts will be staged in London, Berlin, Rome, Paris and Philadelphia on 2 July, and a sixth show will take place in Scotland on 6 July to coincide with the G8 summit to tackle poverty and Third World debt.

13/06/2005 09:02