Rocker Reunion? No, It's a Superband to Aid Ethiopia
Summoned by Bob Geldof, leader of the Boomtown Rats, the musicians formed a one-day-only supergroup called Band Aid. The 37 rockers buried their egos and combined their voices to cut a well-meant but rather bland single called Do They Know It's Christmas? The proceeds, perhaps $1.5 million even though the single is not yet slated for U.S. release, will go toward food and medicine for the drought victims.
"I feel enraged and disgusted by the TV scenes from Ethiopia," explained Geldof, who co-wrote the tune. "If we don't do something, then we are participants in a vast human crime." In his usual acerbic way, Sting might have spoken for the lot of them when he said, "It's difficult to know how much to send to Ethiopia when you're a millionaire. This is going to raise enough money to mean something, but it's a statement as well. We're hoping for a No. 1 record for Christmas."