Midge Ure

'There are moments few and far between performing, when something just happens.'
For the latest in our WISE WORDS interview series - where stars from a whole range of fields share the important life lessons
From across the UK we had more than 1,200 bands apply for the show, the casting team trawled the country watching more than 100 bands play in six weeks. We had a few Spinal Tap submissions, plenty of 'dad' bands belting out cover versions of Whole Lotta Love, but the overall standard was extremely high.
30 years ago today... Bob Geldof summoned his most elite of pop troops and changed the nature of charity gigs forever. With
Midge Ure with his Band Aid co-writer Bob Geldof “We had no idea that was going to happen,” he tells me. “Someone dropped
This week it's all kicking off for Band Aid 30 - Bob Geldof planning a few more versions because what he heard in the studio
Band Aid reinforces negative stereotypes of Africa and Africans. It reflects a colonial mindset that is so deeply entrenched in Western culture that we aren't even aware it exists. The sight of a bunch of rich pop stars parading themselves as paragons of virtue and heroes is crass and eminently offensive. While it may allow them to wallow in self congratulation and positive PR, it is paternalism of the most grievous kind.... Ultimately, it is not Africa that needs to be saved, it is us. Only when we are saved from the greed and paternalism that distorts our understanding will Africa and the rest of the developing world finally begin to emerge from under the iron heel of Western hegemony.
Cut to 2004, and the introductory passage went to a fresh-faced Chris Martin, sounding remarkably like Paul Young. He was
Remember that video when various 1980s pop stars turned up one Sunday morning to a music studio in Notting Hill, all trainers
Bob Geldof and Midge Ure have confirmed their plans to record Band Aid 30, with all proceeds going towards efforts to stop