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Topics: Music, London

Wednesday, 4 January 2006

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Geldof Plans to Record "Working in a Coalmine" Next Week

LONDON- In what appears to be the latest in a long line of charitable efforts, Sir Bob Geldof is organizing pop-music's A-List to record a song to benefit the families of the recent coal mine disaster in Tallmansville, West Virginia. Geldof held a press conference Tuesday and confirmed this, though he would neither confirm nor deny rumors that he was organizing a benefit concert in Tallmansville for sometime in the spring.
"What happened in West Virginia really sucks," said Geldof. "So getting some friends together and recording this single is the least I can do."
Thirteen men were trapped in the Sago Mine on Monday. Despite rigorous rescue efforts, only one survived. Initial reports that twelve had survived and only one had passed were proven to be false.
The song which Geldof and friends will record is a remake of the 1960's R&B classic, "Working in a Coalmine," originally sung by Lee Dorsey. Joining Geldof will be such pop heavyweights as Bono from U2, Mick Jagger, George Michael, Thom Yorke from Radiohead, Dido, Chris Martin from Coldplay, Beyoncee Knowles, and Tom Chaplin from Keane.
Geldof is no stranger to charitable efforts. In 1984 he co-wrote the classic "Do They Know It's Christmas?" and followed that up with the now legendary Live Aid concert, a concert event on July 13, 1985 featuring the biggest names in music with all proceeds benefiting Ethiopian famine relief. Shortly thereafter, he was knighted by the Queen.
Just last summer, Geldof organized Live 8, a worldwide concert to raise awareness of world hunger.
"These guys literally put their lives on the line," said a seemingly distraught Geldof. "This song will make their legacy live on and make sure to one and all that they will not be forgotten."
When asked whether or not he would be changing the lyrics to the song ("I'm workin' in a coal mine/Goin' down down down/Workin' in a coal mine
Whop! About to slip down.."), Geldof said that he and Bono were discussing possible adjustments to make to the song.
"It's something that we will discuss when we meet next week," he stated.
The recording session is set to take place next Tuesday at London's famed Abbey Road Studio. Geldof said he hopes to be able to record and edit the song over the course of one afternoon.

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