Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne continue to seek ways to help tsunami victims in Southeast Asia, announcing Monday their plans to record a cover of Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven" to benefit storm recovery efforts. And they've managed to line up a whole galaxy of stars to help.
Gwen Stefani, Pink, Velvet Revolver, Steven Tyler, Elton John, Rod Stewart and Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne are among the artists lending their voices to the song, sales of which will benefit the Disasters Emergency Committee's Tsunami Earthquake Appeal.
The recording sessions will take place on two continents, starting this Thursday at London's Whitfield Street Studios, where Velvet Revolver, Elton John and Italian opera star Andrea Bocelli will lay down vocals. The following week, Stefani, Stewart, the Osbournes, Josh Groban and Robbie Williams will record their tracks in Los Angeles. Pink is set to record in New York, and Tyler will do his vocal work in Boston.
Sharon is set to produce the track along with "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell.
Clapton's original version of "Tears" — written after the tragic death of his 4-year-old son Conor in 1991 — first appeared on the 1992 soundtrack to the film "Rush," and then later that year on his Unplugged album. The stripped-down, acoustic version of the song took home several Grammy awards, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
The Osbournes have already donated more than $190,000 to the DEC and have recorded a public-service announcement asking others to help (see "Stars Pitch In To Aid Tsunami Victims, Live-Aid Style Concert A Possibility")
There is no word yet on when the new version of "Tears in Heaven" will hit radio.