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Beverley Knight's Band Aid view
R&B star Beverley Knight was among dozens of big names to take part in the recording of a new Band Aid single at Air Studios at the weekend. On Sunday, she told us what it was like.

Beverley Knight
Beverley Knight recorded some lines with Ms Dynamite
I was 11-and-a-half when the first Michael Buerk documentary came out, and I remember all of that like it was yesterday.

I was old enough to understand what I was seeing.

So I'd like to think that fans of people like Busted and Rachel Stevens - the younger fans out there - would maybe not understand all the stuff about dropping the debt and the G8 summit, but at least understand that buying this record will go to help a kid just like them elsewhere who's not as fortunate as them.

I keep remembering from the first time round saying 'oh look at Boy George, he had red hair and, ooh, Sting had a curtain hairstyle' - looking and observing who was there.

The fact that people are going to be doing that in 20 years for us hasn't quite sunk in yet.

I was here yesterday doing bits and pieces. I did a lot of stuff with Ms Dynamite - we did a duet thing, we harmonised and it was really nice.

And I came here today with almost a weight of responsibility.

When you're done, you think - hold on, I was part of history
Then I thought - hold on Bev, you're doing your bit, enjoy it. Lighten up a little bit. Enjoy why you're here. Don't forget why you're here but you can smile, you can enjoy yourself.

So it was quite strange, but when we got going I really felt good about that.

While you're in it and you're taking your instructions from Nigel [Godrich, producer] and Midge [Ure, executive producer], you're doing as you're told and having a laugh.

But it's when you're done, you think - hold on, I was part of history. Oh my God. Once you take a step back from it all, it was incredible, really incredible. What a great atmosphere.

Nobody came here with an ego, nobody came here as a diva
In the jam session, I was on keyboards, Fran [Healy, Travis] and the Sugababes were drumming it, Busted and Thrills and Darkness were on guitars, everyone was on percussion, it was brilliant, such a laugh.

But the one thing that, if I'm being truthful, was really concerning me about today was - will everybody really appreciate the brevity of what we're all doing and why we're all here?

But what Bob [Geldof] did, which was absolutely genius, was he played the video that was played at Live Aid - those harrowing images - and it just helped everybody to centre in on why we were here and what we were doing.

That did the trick, and just got everybody in the same mindset. But nobody came here with an ego. Nobody came here as a diva. It was just brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

I have to confess, I did go away and have a little cry because [the video] was so powerful, especially when the lady who had survived came in. It works.

Band Aid 20's going to work - if we buy the record.

Sir Bob Geldof on the new recording


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