Adele Reportedly A No-Show During Band Aid 30’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas” Session

Christina Lee | November 16, 2014 8:23 am

When the first version of the Band Aid collective’s charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas” was recorded in 1984, the studio session became a media event in of itself. Starting at 9 a.m., journalists watched closely as music superstars like U2‘s Bono, Duran Duran, Culture Club, Genesis drummer Phil Collins and Sting filed into the studio.

So on November 15, as new and established musicians alike arrived at London’s Notting Hill to record a new version of the song, this time raising awareness on the current ebola crisis, the media noticed that one notable artist was reportedly missing – Adele.

Despite announcements that she was among the dozen-plus participating artists, “Do They Know It’s Christmas” co-writer Bob Geldof (above, far right) said that Adele never responded to his request, according to The Independent

“Adele is doing nothing,” he said. “She’s not answering the phone…she doesn’t want to be bothered by anyone. She won’t even pick up the phone to her manager. She’s bringing up a family, you know. Some people just don’t want to do it.”

Apparently, though, Geldof wasn’t offended. “There are voices here that are at least parallel to Adele. Sam Smith is her male equivalent,” he said to The Sun.

The new version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas” features Bono (again), Coldplay‘s Chris Martin, One Direction, Sinead O’Connor, Angelique Kidjo and more. According to a Geldof-approved Twitter fan page, The X Factor will premiere an early edition of the song’s video tonight (November 16), to also help mark the original version’s 30th anniversary.

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