Bob Geldof may release a fourth version of the 1984 charity single ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’.
That’s according to reports in The Sun that claim the Boomtown Rats singer is in the process of recruiting artists for the project, which would be released in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the original song. The current Ebola crisis in West Africa is said to be the primary motivation for the production.
“Bob started casually getting in touch with people earlier this month,” a source told The Sun.
“A few big names were very surprised to see he had emailed them just asking if they would be interested in being part of a project.
“No one knows exactly what he has in mind. But naturally rumour is rife that he wants to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Band Aid.
“Bob feels very passionately about the current Ebola crisis, so it’s likely this could be the cause he wants to help this time around.”
The original song was produced by Midge Ure and featured Bono, George Michael, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Jody Watley and Boy George, among others. All proceeds went to relieve those affected by famine in Ethiopia. Two more versions of the track were released in 1989 and 2004.
Geldof has previously spoken of the detrimental effect activism has had on his music career, asserting that he could have enjoyed success on the scale of Sting and Paul Weller. “It’s completely damaged my ability to do the thing I love,” he told the Evening Standard in 2012. “If it hadn’t happened I think I would have been able to make the transition from The Boomtown Rats to a solo thing more like Paul Weller or Sting.”