Twenty years after Band Aid — a one-off British supergroup that featured U2, Duran Duran, Paul McCartney and other chart-toppers of the era — recorded the charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?," some of the U.K.'s biggest stars are being assembled to rework the tune.
According to producer Midge Ure, who co-founded the original Band Aid with singer/human-rights activist Bob Geldof, members of Coldplay, the Darkness, Keane and Travis have already committed to sing on the new version of the track. The original topped the U.S. and U.K. charts, sold more than 50 million copies and raised over $10 million for famine victims in Ethiopia.
Proceeds from the new Band Aid single will go toward the relief of famine victims in Ethiopia and the Sudan.
"So far, we've had the backing of Chris Martin, Fran [Healy, of Travis], the Darkness and Keane," Ure wrote Thursday (October 21) on his official Web site. "Nigel Godrich will produce and I'll executive produce."
Speaking to the BBC radio station 6Music, Ure went on to say that he has also lined up Oasis' Noel Gallagher and Blur's Damon Albarn for the project, which would mark the first time in nearly a decade the two former Britpop rivals collaborated on a song. Publicists in the U.K. for both Gallagher and Albarn confirmed that the musicians have been approached by Ure, but nothing has been finalized yet.
Ure also said that he has put calls in to Robbie Williams and Dido, and that he intends to have U2's Bono re-record his verse from the original version of the songs. He hopes to have the new incarnation of Band Aid report to an undisclosed studio in London sometime in "the next few weeks" to begin recording.