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Star-studded line-up to re-record Clapton's Tears in Heaven in aid of tsunami appeal


Story: Jack Foley

A STAR-studded line-up is to record a cover version of Eric Clapton's poignant Tears in Heaven to benefit the victims of the tsunami.

Andrea Bocelli, Elton John, Gavin Rossdale, Gwen Stefani, Josh Groban, Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne, Phil Collins, Pink, Robert Downey Junior, Rod Stewart and Steven Tyler will all provide vocals to music by Velvet Revolver.

The track is being recorded on Thursday, January 20 and Friday, January 21 at Whitfield Studios in London ­ with further recording taking place next week in LA.

Tears in Heaven was originally recorded by Eric Clapton in 1991 following the death of his son.

Announcing the line-up recently, Sharon Osbourne commented: "The whole of my family were supposed to go to Thailand three days after the disaster happened. This is why I personally feel so connected to the tragedy. It just goes to prove how uncontrollable nature is and the tragedy it can bring.

"My heart goes out to every person affected by this tragedy and that is why I am putting together this in the hope of raising more funds to help these people rebuild their lives... especially the children."

Everyone has come together for this project and offered their time and full commitment without question.

The track will be released on Sony/BMG. The date of release is still to be confirmed.

All money raised from the single will go to Save the Children.

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