Do you guys remember when “We are the World” came out? Remember hearing it the first time? Remember the video? I remember them all. It was the biggest record in the world at that time! It was epic. Michael Jackson was on it, and every other star at the time: Lionel Ritchie, Huey Lewis, Stevie Wonder, ray Charles, Cyndi Lauper….. For many of my generation it was the 1st time we’d ever heard Bob Dylan. I remember being confused at the strange gravely voice and my dad explaining who he was and why he was significant. It is a moment in entertainment that will last forever. It is frozen in time.
Well, it seems that a new generation will get to experience it. Originally planned once again to be a relief effort for Africa, the funds generated from this new version will now be used for Haiti, and will debut at the Winter Olympics.
The stars participating this go round include: Usher, Celine Dion, Vince Vaughan, Wyclef, Pink, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Nick Jonas, LL Cool J, Robin Thicke, Akon, Rob Thomas, Jeff Bridges, Barbra Streisand, Jordin Sparks, Good Charlotte's Madden brothers, Tony Bennett, Josh Groban, Snoop Dogg, Justin Bieber, Jennifer Hudson, Keri Hilson, Jamie Foxx, Tyrese, Katharine McPhee, Sean Garrett, Will.I.Am, Carlos Santana, Melanie Fiona, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton, Jason Mraz, Miley Cyrus, Busta Rhymes, Nicole Scherzinger, Nicole Richie, Usher, Julianne Hough, Raphael Saadiq, Zac Brown, India.Arie, "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson, Musiq Soulchild, Ann and Nancy Wilson, Fonzworth Bentley, Kid Cudi, Iyaz, Bizzy Bone, Nipsey Hussle, the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson and Al Jardine, Trey Songz, Faith Evans, Mya and Gladys Knight.
So…it will be interesting to see how it sounds compared to the original. I fear we will hear the modern day curse of AUTO-TUNE and other tech wizardry. Tune in to see…and let me know what you think!