Bono: ‘We want to make Band Aid history’

Stars have assembled to record a charity single to combat the spread of Ebola in London

Bono has arrived at the Band Aid 30 recording session in London after being delayed “due to fog”, and has said he wants to “make Band Aid history”.

The U2 frontman stopped to speak to members of the press and addressed the Ebola crisis in West Africa which the charity single is raising money for. “We’re trying to make these things a thing of the past,” said the singer of the fundraiser. “We want to make Band Aid history.” He continued: “If every country had the values of Great Britain and kept the promises they make at these big G8 meetings and the like, we wouldn’t have to be standing here,” he said. “It’s not a failure of Great Britain, but outside of this country, we have a lot of work to do to get people to keep their promises.”

He continued by saying that he wished that the gathered stars didn’t have to record the single at all. “I wish, in a way, we didn’t have to do this and there will come a time when we won’t, and that’ll be great,” he said, adding that he was excited about recording with the younger music stars. “What I’m excited about today is sort of Star Trek: The Next Generation. I’d be happy just to stand at the background!”

Bono was supposed to be at Sarm Studios in West London at 10am this morning (November 15) in order to record his contribution to the new version of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’. However, he was late to the session by an hour and a half because his private plane was caught in fog.

The new version of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ is being made to raise money to help combat the spread of Ebola and will receive it’s premiere on The X Factor tomorrow night (November 16). One Direction, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Elbow, Bastille, Queen’s Roger Taylor, Rita Ora, Jessie Ware, Ed Sheeran, Clean Bandit, Paloma Faith, Emeli Sande and Ellie Goulding will all be taking part in the session.