February 2, 2010
Maybe I am old. Okay, I am. Maybe 1985 was my cultural wheelhouse. It was. But I am convinced that the We Are the World sequel set to debut Feb. 12 on the opening of the Olympics, is going to be a dud when compared to the original.
Sequels always suck.
In 1985 45 mostly famous singers and celebs created a unique song to raise money and awareness for African humanitarian programs.
Now, in the wake of the earthquake in Haiti, 100 musicians and celebs are scheduled to gather at the same studio and re-record another version of the song.
I am not impressed. I understand the idea of, "if it ain't broke..." but why, I ask you, ruin a good thing?
Sure, Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie -- two of the three principal forces behind the original recording -- are back, but there is no Michael Jackson.
And yes, the song includes update lyrics and music, but I think this version will always live in the shadow of the original.
And if you forgot how cool the original song was -- even with Huey Lewis -- you can watch it here.
And if you watch, see if you don't think Bruce Springsteen look's younger now than he did then. Just a thought..