Do They Know It’s Christmas? will be re-recorded this weekend with a new generation of acts and some veteran stars to raise funds in the fight against the “filthy” and “inhuman” virus ebola in west Africa. The Boomtown Rats lead singer said he had been inspired to re-record the song because of the “phenomenal bravery of the National Health doctors and nurses who volunteered to go out there”.
“I don’t like doing this stuff. It’s boring organising it,” he said. “It’s embarrassing calling artists you don’t know.” Listing some of the singers on board so far, Geldof said “giants of the past” as well as “our own contemporaries said that they will come along to the party”.
Ed Sheeran as well as Bono, Paloma Faith, Emeli Sande, Sinead O’Connor and Jessie Ware are on board to record the track on Saturday.
He called on people to pay for the physical single — with a cover sleeve by Tracey Emin — instead of downloading it, or watching it on YouTube for free. The single will not be available for streaming on Spotify until January.
Geldof said that he had written to David Bowie to ask him to “reintroduce the video like he did 30 years ago”.
The new version will be recorded on Saturday and should be available for download on Monday.