Bob Geldof To Release New Band Aid Record To Help Fight Ebola (Bob..no!)

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Via The Independent

Bob Geldof has announced the line-up for his new Band Aid song, which will raise funds to help fight Ebola in West Africa.

One Direction, Adele, Ed Sheeran, Bastille, Foals, Elbow, Ellie Goulding, Emelie Sandé, Sam Smith, Olly Murs, Bono and Chris Martin are among the artists confirmed to take part in the charity single, which has “nothing to do with nostalgia”.

More musical “giants” are still to be announced, including possible vocals from David Bowie.

Speaking at a press conference in London, Geldof said: “This is the worst kept secret in the world. We will reconvene nearly 30 years to the day.

“Three weeks ago I got a call from the UN saying they required a 20 per cent increase across the board. They are very concerned about the situation in West Africa.

“We called up some giants and they said they would come again to the party.”

So let me get this straight…. the UNITED NATIONS actually  called Bob Geldof to discuss the Ebola crisis n West Africa (confused face)  and Bob’s solution to the problem is to conveniently re-release a charity single (almost 30 years to the day), featuring MULTIMILLIONAIRES Bono, One Direction, Adele, Ed Sheeran, Chris Martin and Bowie because that’s what Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone need right now.

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When I first heard that Bob was thinking of releasing a new version of the Band Aid song to “help raise funds to help fight Ebola”, I rolled my eyes and said “West Africa has suffered enough”. And most of us should know by now that funds raised via these types of high profile charitable endeavours rarely reach the suffering.

Releasing a new version of this now tired record isn’t going to help fight the common cold much less Ebola. This is just an excuse to celebrate Band Aid’s 30th anniversary, where Bob can play the saviour role again, and for many of today’s artists who have signed up to appear on the record, a FANTASTIC PR move.

Bob claims that “this has nothing to do with nostalgia”

Okay Bob.

The last thing these people need is another “charity” record featuring a bunch of wealthy pop stars pretending to care in exchange for some good publicity. 

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