Published Nov 10, 2014The charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" is getting another star-studded reworking. Following versions in 1984, 1989 and 2004, Bob Geldof is assembling a new Band Aid lineup for the song's 30th anniversary.
The full list of performers has yet to be announced, but The Hollywood Reporter reveals that U2 singer Bono will be making his third appearance, following contributions in 1984 and 2004. Also on board are Ellie Goulding, Sam Smith, Underworld, Sinead O'Connor, Elbow, One Direction, Ed Sheeran and Bastille. Paul Epworth (Adele, Coldplay) will produce the session this coming Saturday (November 15) in London.
The benefits from this charity single will go towards fighting Ebola. This means that some of the lyrics have been changed, although the "feed the world" hook will remain untouched.
"For 30 years, we've been boring people to death about the great inequalities of the world, whereby 50 percent still live on two dollars a day. That's disgraceful. It's ridiculous, and it's unnecessary," Geldof said during a press conference. "And what they were dying of in 1984 was of course hunger, but they died essentially because they were poor. We know we can contain Ebola; we have the doctors, the nurses, medicines and state systems. We have money. They're dying again because they are extremely poor. That is radically unacceptable."
More Band Aid contributors will be announced, including "some of the giants of the past and our own contemporaries, equally giant."
Additionally, Quincy Jones is spearheading a similar version for the US, much like he did in 1985 with USA for Africa's "We Are the World." Germany and France will also get their own versions of ""Do They Know It's Christmas?"