‘WE ARE THE WORLD' SEQUEL ... FOR HAITI
Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie are planning a 25th anniversary re-recording of "We Are the World."
And they are asking singers, musicians who will be in Los Angeles Grammy weekend to stay an extra night - Monday Feb. 1 - and come to the Nokia Theater.
This time the artists invited include Usher, Natalie Cole, and John Legend . But more names will be added shortly and that all the Grammy nominees and participants will be asked to come as well.
Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich will produce the event, which will then be turned into a video and single just like it was in 1985. Wyclef Jean is expected to join in, along with Sting, Fergie, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake and others.
It's hoped that as in 1985, everyone will "leave their egos at the door."
Originally, this anniversary celebration was to be held on Jan. 28. But when the Haiti earthquake happened, sources say, the plan changed. Now proceeds will go to Haiti relief.
In 1985, "We Are the World," which begat Live Aid, raised money for Africa relief.
(AEG is co-producing this event. They're also putting together a 3D tribute to Michael Jackson for the Grammy show from elements Jackson was going to use for his tour. Jackson recorded "We Are the World" for what became "This Is It." )