THE RYDGES POST
Wow. It’s hard to believe that it is 30 years since rock musicians came together to form a supergroup and record an amazing song called Do They Know It’s Christmas? And it’s hard to believe that Bob Geldof, the man who inspired that charity single is still as passionate, still as dishevelled and still as connected with the world’s musicians and the world in need.
The original recording raised some US$11 million to feed the starving in Ethiopia - this weekend the single will be re-recorded with proceeds going to assist the fight against the Ebola virus in Africa. So far some 5000 people have died because of the virus and thousands more are affected, plus there is a threat of it spreading globally. It has to be attacked and contained ASAP.
The final line-up for the new release hasn’t been finalised but it is already looking rather star-studded with artists jumping on board including Bastille, Bono, Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran, Elbow, Ellie Goulding, Emeli Sande, Foals, One Direction, Paloma Faith, Roger Taylor, Sinead O’Connor and Underworld.
Announcing the new Do They Know It’s Christmas? project in London, Bob Geldof pointed out that we live in a different time to 1984, where it is possible to just download from You Tube for free, so he asked that everyone pay a few dollars for that download to make the charity a success. You know, someone should give that man a knighthood… Pardon...? Oh.