London (November 29, 2004)–20 years after Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof organized Band Aid, a musical collaboration project to raise money for the victims of the famine in Ethiopia, Geldof has passed the torch to a new generation of pop stars who recently got together for a re-recording at Air Studios in London.
Robbie Williams, Dido, Travis, Rachael Stevens, Coldplay, The Darkness, Sugababes, Tom Chaplin, Jamelia, Ms Dynamite, Busted, Natasha Bedingfield and Radiohead were some of the artists gathered together for the re-recording alongside previous collaborators such as Bono and Sir Paul McCartney. Whilst the original Band Aid session had been a chaotic event, the re-recording was a much more considered affair. The organizers decided to use the Neve 88R studio at Air, accustomed to handling large scale orchestral recordings.
Producing the session on the 88R was Radiohead guru Nigel Godrich, also known for his work with U2, REM, Pavement and Beck. Recording included a jam session, solo performances, a number of duets including Will Young with Jamelia, Ms Dynamite with Beverly Knight, Fran Healy with The Sugababes, and a new feature, the rapping of Dizzee Rascal. Bob Geldof told reporters that the only problem was “fitting everyone in the studio.”
The choir recording featured soul star Joss Stone, fresh from recording her second album on the Neve at Mangini’s Manhattan studio. For more information on Band Aid 20 and its aims please visit www.bandaid20.com.