The La's and The Farm team up with Bruce Grobbelaar and Kenny Dalglish
Some of Liverpool‘s best known musicians have teamed up with legendary Liverpool FC players to honour the Hillsborough disaster, which is approaching its 20th anniversary.
Musicians including John Power (The La’s, Cast), Peter Hooton (The Farm), Nick Kilroe (Echo And The Bunnymen) and Rob Taylor (The Troubadours) have recorded an updated version of Irish folk song (and Liverpool fans’ favourite) ‘Fields Of Athernry’.
The song, which has been renamed ‘Fields Of Anfield Road’, also features vocals form what has been called the ‘Kop Choir’ – made up of past Liverpool FC players including Kenny Dalglish, Phil Thompson, John Aldridge, Bruce Grobbelaar, Howard Gayle and Alan Kennedy.
Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez yesterday (March 26) gave the single, which is released on April 6, his seal of approval, reports Goal.com.
“I think it’s important to show support for the fans and the families,” Benitez said.
Hillsborough diaster occurred on April 15, 1989 at Sheffield Wednesday‘s ground, during an FA Cup semi-final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.
In the incident, 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives due to a crowd crush at the match.
Speaking of the single, Hooton said he wants the track to be seen as a tribute.
“A lot of people have volunteered to get involved,” he said. “It is a reworking of a Kop classic and I hope it raises awareness of the Hillsborough disaster and is a fitting tribute to the 96 and the survivors.”
Noted Liverpool supporter and Starsailor frontman James Walsh also appears on the track.