'We Are The World'

On this day in 1985, ‘We Are The World’ was recorded. More than 40 artists were involved, and it went on to raise more than $60 million to help hunger prevention programs around the world.

Have a look.

What a talented cast, eh? Lots of my favourites in there.

Can you remember them all? Who are your favourites? Did you buy it?

Or, if you’d prefer to take a more serious or even cynical approach, did it help feed the starving as much as it helped boost careers and egos?

What do you think of charity singles in general? Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, has just released (with Klaus Voorman) a beautiful version of the George Harrison song, ‘The Day the World Gets ‘Round’.

All proceeds from its sale will be donated, through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and Save The Children, to aid families in Gaza.

I’d like to know if you’d even heard about this charitable effort.

George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh, of course, was the first benefit concert.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour's official blog, The Blog ('Features' previously being its rather naff title), affectionately - or lazily - shortened to 'FEd'.

64 thoughts on “'We Are The World'”

  1. I remember that song too well, when it came out in Italy I was in high school and I’m nostalgic now. I miss Michael Jackson in his genuine skin and look, I really do, even if I don’t intend to argue with personal choices.

    Charity acts are always to be watched carefully, but I think if already established artists do this sort of acts and they don’t claim rights or whatever, it’s a great noble thing.

    I mean it’s a lot of work writing, singing and performing, besides, if an artist has sold already millions of records, I don’t think he or she is looking for easy promotion.

  2. I had heard about Yusuf Islam’s George Harrison cover, but I have yet to actually hear it. I read it somewhere last week along with news of a new album…

    I love George Harrison, and the Concert for Bangladesh is pretty amazing really.

    My favourite benefit concert would have to be Live 8, purely for… well, you know what. Other than that performance, Live Aid beats it hands down.

    It seemed to me like a lot of the performers there were only there to boost their status and record sales. I thought it was truely inspiring that David donated his profits to charity, but to be honest, I’ve got a feeling he was one of a few who did.

    Unfortunately, it does seem like nowadays musicians only participate in these kind of things to boost their egos and careers… 😕

  3. So much facial hair amongst all those stars even Mr Jackson had a beard, did you spot it on top of his head?

    Did it make a difference? It probably made a lot of money for the cause but I don’t think it changed any thing at all, sorry.

  4. Gosh, it’s not every day you see Paul Simon and Kenny Rogers singing together, Bruce is on good form there too.

    Michael Jackson was so attractive then, it’s so sad what he has done to himself.

  5. As long as charity concerts/singles help raising money for ‘concrete’ causes AND please people who attend/buy them, I don’t see what could be wrong with that.

    By ‘concrete’ causes, I mean causes like cancer research, handicap research, vaccination campaigns in third world, education…

    But I can’t stand these individual rockstars like Bono – and his sun glasses 😉 – who are constantly mixing music and politics, thinking that they can change the world by appearing everywhere alongside world leaders (chefs d’étâts, chefs de gouvernements, even the Pope), so selfish.

    That reminds me what David said in a recent interview:

    “I have no objection to people stating their politics within their music, and they can do that as subtly or as unsubtly as they want. Sometimes, when it’s not so subtle, it loses its effect and its power.”

    So true.

    Michèle

    1. Michele:

      I so agree about Bono. Somehow, much as I can enjoy some if his music, his actions seem to be more about promoting himself than the cause, so that sours it for me.

      Jan

    2. …me, but only because of his singing voice. I can’t stand it. Others like him, he may do good here and there, but thanks…

      Taki

    3. Put me down for the Anti-Bono club!

      Mind you, “Pride (In the Name of Love)” is still a classic and, in my view, U2’s talents lie very much with the “Edge”.

      Paul 8)

    4. I have to agree with Michèle. I think an event as Live Eight/Live 8 can be helpful to some extent but musicians that are constantly preaching (like Bono, but he isn´t the only one) stop often being believable very fast. As David said it: “Sometimes, when it´s not so subtle, it loses its effect and its power.”

      But I must admit that the original Live Aid is my favourite among all the charity events. The eighties are often maligned for being so naive but maybe this mindset fitted such events better than the modern cynic “We are here now, entertain us” attitude. That beside David only a handful stars were willingly to give their profit in wake of Live 8 for charity says much, I think.

      Irene

      … good to have you back Fed, by the way I like the new more subtle colors of the blog much better than the old look.

    5. Count me in on not liking Bono. I think he is very self serving.

      Hey Fed. I like how easy you made it to send a reply to someone. Thanks.

      BarbaraP

    6. It’s easy to be suspicious of the alterior motives of the rich and famous and their campaigns.

      As long as they do more good than harm, it seems fine with me … for every David who prefers the quiet way, there will be a Bono who figures he has earned his limelight and might as well use it for a cause he believes in as spend it punching out the Paparazzi.

      Besides, he might be light sensitive. 8)

    7. I agree with you, Michèle and with the other comments.

      I can’t stand Bono Vox opportunism. I think that if you want to give a real message to the people, you have to be coherent and choose. I don’t like artists who are “everybody’s friends”.

      About U2, I think they wrote some beautiful songs in their early years, even if I can’t listen to them for too long, because Edge’s guitar sound makes me nervous!

      😉
      Alessandra

  6. I love that song.

    I was young when the song was recorded… but since I listened to the song for the first time, this is one of the most favorite.

    I like all the singers in this track, but in particular I prefer:

    -Willie Nelson
    -Bruce Springsteen
    -Steve Perry
    -Ray Charles

    and finally I like the voice of

    -Cyndi Lauper

    About the hunger around the world, this should be a problem that all the industrial countries should resolve.

    But in any case we must bow at all artists that do charities…

    I think that is simply fantastic, this is the best way to involve a lot of people to fight the poverty around the world.

  7. Vaguely remember that song. Don’t remember all the artists that were in it. Wonder if the money actually DID go to the needy and not into someone’s pocket.

    Have not heard about Cat Stevens song. Liked a few of his songs from way back. Not a big fan now.

    Cheers!! 😀

  8. To me Live Aid was the best charity concert as I was lucky enough to attend that concert in Philladelphia. Aside from all the bands I got to see, it was also the only time in my life when I didn’t sleep for about 48 hours. Woke up Friday morning and didn’t go back to sleep until Sunday morning.

    Of course the We Are the World song was the finale at the Philly show.

    Personally, I don’t have an issue with concerts for a cause as it does raise awareness. Problem is that many times that awareness is as fleeting as the final note of a song. It takes work and dedication to really make a difference and I applaud the ones who get on the bandwagon and stay there.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

    1. Ummm….where the heck did that avatar come from? I never registered for one. I’ll have to change that as it looks too much like a whirling dervish. That certainly does not represent who I am.

      Thanks.
      Andrew

    2. You know, I’m secretly devastated that it’s not the one automatically assigned to my e-mail address. It’s by far my favourite.

      To choose your own, please visit gravatar.com. But only if you really have to…

    3. Maybe you like it so much cause it is how this blog sometimes makes you feel? Mouth wide open with hands waving in the air saying, “Why, why, why don’t they read and follow my instructions?????”

      Thanks.

      Andrew

  9. Definitely, I bought the record. At the time I loved the idea and the song. Now I am a bit more cynical. Sorry to say. I think it did a lot for their egos, and perhaps ours, as we thought we were helping in some small way. I certainly hope we did, but the sad reality is that there is, most likely, so much corruption going on in the sending and the receiving of goods, that the people in need seldom see much, if any, of the benefits. That is the most frustrating and sad thing of all.

    I liked the work of Al Jarreau, Tina Turner, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Perry, Hughie Lewis, Dylan, Ray Charles and the lovely Harry Belafonte. Boy were they (and we) a lot younger. Who was the singer in the white/silver suite? Good one.

    Haven’t heard of the Harrison cover by Stevens. I do think that stars can certainly highlight issues, getting them more notice. That is the good part. Don’t really care what they get out of it in some ways as long as the money raised can get to the intended destination.

    However, I really do admire David’s attitude of not making money off of the fundraiser, yet certainly would not object to him getting his due. It is his attitude that makes me want him to get all the kudos he deserves, unlike those who are so ‘me’ oriented. If he gets a bit more money along with it, fine with me, he’s earned it as far as I am concerned.

    Jan

  10. Hi Fed,

    Nice new layout, by the way.

    It’s hard to believe that it’s been that long. I was a wee lad in ’85, but we saw the footage over and over and over again on the news and in school.

    From the benefit side, charity concerts and such mean well, but it’s more of a feel-good effort than anything else. it’s one thing to all hold hands and sing “We Are the World”, it’s quite another to be on the ground with the humanitarian agencies handing out food, along with dealing with the sickness and disease, displaced refugees, ethnic and sectarian violence, governmental roadblocks, all the other associated hurdles.

    Poverty is, always was, and always will be prevalent in some part of the world. It’s good that celebrities are trying to raise awareness and money, but actually erradicating poverty is like trying to boil the ocean with a bunsen burner.

    1. I think that rather than ‘blow off’ donating to any given charitable organization because a person has questions about how the money will be spent, the cynical amongst us (incidentally, I include myself in this category much of the time) should do a bit of research into the agency in question. You can find out exactly what percentage of your donation goes towards ‘concrete’ things (food, medicine, education, etc.).

      I feel that too many people let themselves ‘off the hook’ with their cynicism … “what difference will my donation really make?” It is, as you say, like trying to boil the ocean with a bunsen burner, but, to quote one of my favorite songs …

      “No more turning away from the weak and the weary, no more turning away from the coldness inside, just a world that we all must share, it’s not enough just to stand and stare, is it only a dream that there’ll be no more turning away?”

      What can I say? I alternate between hope and despair on a regular basis! :v

      Peace ‘n’ love 🙂
      Gabrielle

    2. I agree with what Gabrielle is saying and even though I am cynical about the results, I still have to give where it makes sense for me or where my heart tells me I need to. And she is right, you have to hope.

      My disappointment and frustration come into play when you hear about trucks filled with food and medical supplies which are being held at gunpoint by those other factions in Africa who don’t want to allow the supplies to reach the people who need it. That is something that is beyond control of the agencies trying to help.

  11. I clearly remember watching and listening to We Are The World. My then 4-1/2 year-old daughter would sit on my lap and we’d sing along. I told her that the people singing were hoping to raise money to help feed the starving children in Africa–the children she saw on the evening news.

    I have the deepest respect for Quincey Jones who, along with (the real) Michael Jackson, worked to bring all of these talented people together to raise awareness. Looking back at it, I can’t imagine it being any sort of grandstanding by anyone and, even if it had been, look at the impact it had. We’re talking about it today. People who weren’t even born yet are familiar with it.

    George Harrison started a unique forum for musicians to get public attention while speaking out against poverty, hunger, and indifference. I personally don’t give a hoot as to who the ‘personality’ is as long as it continues to bring attention and assistance to those who are TRULY suffering. If Bono can help bring about some change, more power to him! I don’t care if he basks in his own spotlight–if it brings more attention (and financial aid) to the problem, what the hell.

    LIVE 8, with the ‘reunion’ of Pink Floyd, was another example of using a big name to draw attention to the on-going misery that continues in Africa. Hopefully, with David’s generous example, other musicians donated the money from their increased record sales to the cause. 🙂

    Okay, now I’ll step down off my soapbox and brace myself for blowback!

    1. Sounds like a win/win situation to me! Whether it’s Bono of the Bloated Ego, or Sir Bob Geldof, or Angelina Jolie, if they bring some much-needed attention to a critical situation, more power to them. 😀

  12. Hmm, I seem to belong to a minority. I never liked that song, so I did not buy it and turned radio off when it was aired.

    Does anyone remember Rock Aid Armenia? I bought that one for three reasons: because I love rock, I’m Dickinson’s fan and it helped Armenia. Finding out later on that DG was involved justified the expense another time.

    Best regards,
    Taki

    1. Good song. I remember not hearing as much about it as I’d have liked, which is what I expect from Yusuf Islam’s single.

  13. I believe fundraising efforts are a mixed bag. I mean Live Aid from all accounts was a roaring success (well, maybe except for the Led Zeppelin’s um…performance); but it is difficult to take the above clip seriously. I mean, Daryl Hall and John Oates?

    Pardon me for saying but they are huge buzzkills for me, right up there with Jon Bon. I mean, in my humble opinion these guys being involved ruins any charitable feelings I may have, but that is my hangup; and on a side note since I was a very small child at the time can someone PLEASE tell me why the ’80s seemed so cheesy?

    However, an example of charity done correctly was the Amnesty International release of a bunch of John Lennon songs by various artists for Darfur. I didn’t like all the artists but all the songs were done well (except Avril Lavigne’s rendition of “Imagine”….yikes).

    Thank you very much indeed, good night to you.

    1. Well having actually attended Live Aid, Hall and Oates did perform close to the end of the show. They certainly didn’t bring the mood down and put on a good set even if their music was a bit cheesy.

      One of the tightest and best sets of the day was Judas Priest. One of the worst was probably Billy Ocean.

      But from 8PM on when Led Zeppelin took the stage, the buzz was just incredible up to the end. And that included the Hall and Oates set.

      But I will agree that the 80s were very cheesy. If the 70s was brie, then the 80s was canned cheese.

      Thanks.

      Andrew

  14. Thought it was daft then and twice as daft now…

    For as long as I can remember (and that’s gettin’ on a few years now) the world has been trying to save itself from its inhabitants. Recently there was a disaster somewhere and the relief sent in to help the starving people was confiscated and kept by the military. It’s an ideology issue here, just as it’s one in Afghanistan, Iran, etc.

    That being said, I in no means suggest that we shouldn’t help people in need. I just think we should be more coordinated about achieving the ultimate goal of getting the food to the people who need it.

    Some idiot with one glove singing isn’t gonna get the job done…

  15. As charity singles go, some have been great, however some, not so.

    I’m thinking of some of the guff that they produce nowadays for Children in Need and Comic Relief. Both, great charities in their own respective right. However, I cant help think, that both fundraisers would mean a little more (musically) if songs were done by big bands or soloists, instead of Steps and S Club 7.

    Happy Days,
    Simon J

    1. Well, not all Children in Need songs have been bad – Perfect Day ’97 was a classic! 8)

  16. I don’t really think charity concerts or events will ever help anything nor anybody.

    That’s not just a useless dark cloud in my awful mind, I just think that every problem claims its own solution. It may happen to help a process of peace keeping or to slowdown social abortions. The so called developed world (30%ca of the actual World) keeps control and monopoly of the majority of natural resources pulsing through all the globosphere, negating indigenous people their natural right of access to them. Colonialism has finished, but the purposes on which it was based are still the guideline of inter-national policies.

    It’s a shame, I still think Good can be done, in practical terms, but we’ll have to reduce the weight of “our” Lives.

  17. I was more partial to Hear ‘N Aid with Dio, Iron Maiden, Blue Oyster Cult etc. Although there are parts of We Are The World I like, especially the Boss. I can really hear the true passion when he sings on the song.

    Live Aid was great but I wish they could have incorporated some of the Metal acts.

    It would be interesting to know if anyone followed Mr. Gilmour’s suggestion after Live 8 to donate from the bump in album sales after the concert.

  18. Hi,

    I understand that people from Gaza need help, even if Saudis send them millions all the time, but the money never falls in the right pocket.

    Plz don’t forget the Israelis from the south… they received rockets from Gaza since 2001… with death and destruction…

    BTW, Gilmour is the best artist I know, and his charity actions are famous like his great music. God bless him.

  19. I was a senior in high school when this song came out, remember it well, especially Willie Nelson’s voice. It was cheesy and so were the ’80s in general, but it was my era and it is the soundtrack of my life and many memories.

    Nothing wrong with a little cheese factor, be it Brie or the canned variety. If it weren’t for cheese wiz or mac n cheese, I doubt I would have made it through college.

  20. Was it really THAT long ago? Oh wow, F’Ed, you’re making me feel really OLD!!! 🙁

    I remember “We Are The World” well. I asked my father to videotape the TV special for me, and he subsequently handed me a VHS marked “I Am The World.” He apparently didn’t get the concept. I thought it was great, all those artists working together for a cause, even if most of them made a profit. As far as I’m concerned, as long as some of the money gets where it should go (and if people know that the artist is being paid for his work), there’s no problem. That’s better than NO money going to the cause!!!

    The ’80s were such a glitzy, ego-driven decade in music. This perception is broken in my mind by things like “We Are The World” and “Hands Across America” and “Live Aid.” There WERE some moments in which people did things for other people.

  21. I like charity events because they are usually one-off type productions. The first one I remember was the Ronnie Lane ARMS (Action For Research Into Multiple Sclerosis) concert at the Cow Palace in S.F. in 1983. Beck, Clapton and Page all on stage at the same time!

    Musicians raising awareness for things like poverty and hunger is nice. Like, I want to be friends, nice. It does not get to the root of the problem.

    While hunger is widespread the world over, the planet does, in fact, make enough food to feed everyone on the planet four times over. Yes, there are distribution issues, greed issues, and govt. and agribusiness issues, but awareness should start in our own kitchens and schools.

    The CDC (Center for Disease Control-in the U.S.) states that human beings need no more than a half pound of meat (protein) per week. The average American eats seven times that amount. With U.S. agribusiness pushing HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) as a sweetening agent for almost everything, and with the rise in obesity and ultimately heart disease, we are subsidizing the demise of the human race.

    I think what Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Neil Young have done with Farm Aid during the last 15 years is how to proactively get closer to the cause. Also, what Neil and Peggi Young have done with the Bridge School Benefit Concerts for the last twenty or so years, is about the most perfect model of giving back I have ever seen.

    I have not heard about the Yusuf Islam benefit.

    Interesting link: physorg.com.

  22. An interesting anagram for “We Are The World” is “Retread We Howl”.

    Just sayin’… 😉

  23. I´m sorry, but I don´t believe in this sort of thing.

    They sure do raise a lot of money, and I trust it´s sent to those who need it. But it does not solve the question.

    I live in Brazil, which has many similarities with Africa and some other so called 3rd World countries and trust me, as long as the government policies remain the same through the years, nothing will change.

    All these countries need a solid educational program, like what happened in South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan and some other countries. Without it, corruption will always be a huge drain to all good efforts.

    Thanks for listening… I mean, reading. 🙂

    Adriano

    1. You are right when you say that money don’t solve the problems (even if sometimes they could be very important, too).

      Education is really the way to fight the corruption, take the people out from ignorance and make them aware of their rights, but I really don’t know who could give them this education they need…Governments? Religions (no matter which one)? I don’t trust this kind of education very much…

      In my opinion, charity is not so important for the money it raise, but for the message it gives, if it’s an honest and independent choice.

      Sometimes to have correct information about a problem is the first step to solve it.

      🙂
      Alessandra

  24. Fed,

    I kinda like Bono (sometimes I wish he would shut-up, I guess) and I love The EDGE. I saw the Joshua Tree tour and it was good as was the 2001 show that I saw. I think Edge is a big DG fan.

    I believe that I read that DG and Polly’s first date was a U2 concert. I obviously wasn’t there but I did read that. Without U2, we wouldn’t have all those great photos, Fed. Not to mention lyrics, inspiration and their beautiful kids.

    To each his/her own. I do like that charity version of Smoke on the Water that DG did with Brian May and all sorts of people. I don’t know what/who benefited (besides me) but it was interesting… seeing DG bounce @ the studio to the playback was cool.

    Blake in Nashville

  25. I read somewhere that Pink Floyd donated the profits from the Division Bell tour (or part of it?) to charity. Can someone (FEd) clarify about it?

    1. I didn’t know that Fed and MoV. You learn something every day. 🙂 Thanks for telling us.

      I agree with what a lot of bloggers are saying, if it raises awareness then it is a good thing (even if Hall & Oates are not your thing, they sold to their fans).

      I’d like to know where the war lords that steal the aid sent get their weapons from, are they swapping food and medicines and tents for guns?

      ash X

  26. I think it is beyond great that efforts are being made to help raise money and artists are giving their time/talents/etc. If some are doing it to boost their career, it makes no difference to me; I just hope their appearance helps anyway.

    I watched the broadcast in ’85. My favorites were (in no particular order) Mick Jagger/Hall and Oates, the ‘ho, Neil Young and the International Harvesters (why didn’t they end up on the DVD release?), Zeppelin (it was good to see them, despite how they performed), and Eric Clapton (who played my favorite three songs of his).

    I have not heard of the above-mentioned charity that Yusuf Islam is working with. Good to see Klaus is still playing.

    Concerning charities and raising money, I just really wish more effort was put into making sure that the money was handled properly. Even if it costs more. It just seems that most of these efforts end up with a lot of money being stolen or channelled elsewhere.

    Ron

  27. I am going to sound very mean spirited about this one I am afraid.

    In a perfect world I’m sure evey artist would donate his time and money for a charity project. I think we have to face the truth that this world is far from perfect, as much as we would like for it to be. There are plenty of people behind the scenes that probably got rich off such a song like this one. We would all probably be blown away to see just how much money went in pockets that it was not intended for and did not need it. I bet even the artist involved could not tell you how the money raised was distributed. What is that saying, and the rich get richer?

    Maybe I am wrong, I hope so, but that is my idea on it.

    Poor Michael Jackson. I wish he could have just stayed in that place and time in his life as he was in this recording. Do you think he even remembers what he looked like back then? To me he is a very sad man now. Do you think money does that to some people? I think you have to be a very strong person to handle so much money and the power that goes with it.

    I have not heard of the Cat Stevens cover either Fed.

    (Please add May 1 to the birthday calendar with my name on it if it is not too much trouble.)

    Thanks,
    BarbaraP

  28. I know someone involved in a STONKER of a charity single.

    Rgds Geoff Duffy (Dublin)

  29. I loved Liverpool’s tribute to the late Tony Hart last night: “Look Tony, we can Draw too.”

    Rgds Geoff Duffy (Dublin)

  30. Ahh thanks, I thought was the one, the night I was there they started with Astronomy Domine, I’d read somewhere that they normally start with WYWH?

  31. I did like the record but I thought that it was the US’s answer to Band Aid’s record in 1984. IMO, I loved the latter more.

    I also loved Bob Geldof’s compassion which was and still is genuine.

    I give to charity regularly and a help by buying things from charity shops too.

    I tend to be rather supportive of Unicef as I believe every child needs an education. Education is the answer. Thanks to Pink Floyd, I learned the importance of education believe it or not. I have spent my adult years in deep regret for not applying myself more at school. However, it is also down the parents and teachers too. I just hope and pray that my daughter will learn the importance of education. I shall certainly be giving her a gentle shove in this regard. But yes, I did manage to obtain a huge education from Pink Floyd and I regard that band as my teachers. Ironic in that “we don’t need an education” – double negative.

    Anyway I digress, sorry. I did like “We are the World” but in all honesty, I do not know if the artists efforts came to fruition or not.

    It would appear from the most recent version of Band Aid’s video that some of Mr Geldof’s efforts paid off. The starving little girl in the original film also appeared in the recent video and she looked healthy.

    But if the country’s leaders where the starving people are would get it together and stop fighting, maybe life would be better too.

  32. I hadn’t heard of Yusuf Islam’s cover, but I think it’s a wonderful idea.

    Now to stir up the pot: Isn’t it insane that when our friends do what’s being done to Gaza they’re just “defending themselves from the enemy”, but when we or our enemies do the same thing it’s terrorism?

  33. What I think of charity singles?

    First I have to say that in Italy we made an “imitation” of that event but we didn’t even create a new song. We just made “volare” (world famous song) with a lot of Italian singers.

    I think that charity events most of the times are made to show how good, and full of ideals the artists are. Instead of giving THEIR money they give OUR money. No one remembers how much money raised is actually given and what was in effect mad with that…. But the image of the artist is boosted up because they seem good people. And they sell more.

    I hate Bono in this sense. The most hypocritical artist. He doesn’t pay taxes to his country (the U2 society is outside UK) but he is so concerned with poor people!!! At least Led Zeppelin here fucking rock stars with no intention to redeem their image.

    Expecting bad words after this (hehe). 😛

    1. No, no… I couldn´t agree more with you.

      The thing is: we´re discussing this matter on a blog from a artist which is an exception on when it comes to self-promotion and media exploitation. What can we do? Simply don´t go to these shows and don´t buy related stuff.

      And if we do want to help people in need, why don´t we start in our neighboorhood, doing some voluntary work, giving some of our time and even of our money where we can see that changes are undergoing?

      By allowing these small transformations close to us, little by little everything can change and there´ll be no need to send money all across the globe.

      Well… just my opinion. 🙂

    2. You could at least get your facts right before you sound off on the Blog:-

      1) The Republic of Ireland isn’t in the UK anyway.

      2) Led Zep performed at Live Aid and Page & Plant played at the Knebworth ’90 charity concert……and good on them for doing so!

  34. I very much doubt those people who benefit from celebrities, such as Bono, championing their cause are as uptight as some folks obviously are about whether their actions also boost that celebrity’s ego. At the end of the day, most of the injustices in this world would go completely unnoticed by the vast majority of people if they weren’t highlighted by celebrities such as Bono, Bob Geldof, Peter Gabriel, Sting et al.

    IMHO, if celebrities can do their bit to highlight injustice, relieve suffering and also save lives, then they can have an ego the size of the planet itself.

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