It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas, with stars coming together on Sunday to update “Do They Know It’s Christmas,” with Bob Geldof again at the helm to mark the 20th anniversary of the Live Aid holiday favorite.
Nearly two-dozen musicians descended upon George Martin’s Air Studios to record the song, including early arrival Chris Martin (he lives nearby) and Justin Hawkins from The Darkness.
Bono, the one star who also did the original version, arrived later than the others to re-record his line, “Well, tonight, thank God, it’s them, instead of you.” Live Aid fights famine in Africa and the single, “Band Aid 20, “will benefit the troubled Darfur region in the Sudan.
The organization’s creator Bob Geldof brought a surprise guest, the young Ethiopian girl who was pictured so close to death when her emaciated face was flashed across screens during the Live Aid concert. On Sunday, the beaming 23-year-old agricultural student was in the studio, showing the artists that their work would make a difference.
The song’s new roster of stars includes Paul McCartney (who plays bass), Dido and Robbie Williams. When the video begins airing on the BBC this week (an American release will follow), Madonna, speaking about world hunger, will introduce it.