Band Aid records no longer the answer, says co-founder Midge Ure
Charity supergroup Band Aid will no longer produce versions of its Christmas single, co-founder Midge Ure has said.
The Scottish musician said he is "not sure music is the answer to it now", referring to the charity single Do They Know It's Christmas? and its achievements over past three decades in various iterations.
Midge and Bob Geldof kick-started the Band Aid movement back in 1984 in order to raise money for Ethiopian anti-famine efforts.
The original single hit the Christmas number one spot that year and topped the charts for five weeks. The song included vocals from the likes of U2´s Bono, Phil Collins, George Michael, Paul Weller and Sting.
At the time, it raised more than 24 million US dollars (£19 million) after selling more than two million copies worldwide.
A second version was recorded five years later, and was then followed by Band Aid 20 in 2004.
The latest incarnation, Band Aid 30 in 2014, was recorded in order to help the plight of Africa's Ebola victims.
Midge told The Sun newspaper that it is time to move on from the all-star single as it is not as relevant in 2016.
He said: "I'm not sure music is the answer to it now. Thirty-one years ago we did the Band Aid thing, it was the vehicle that people understood - you didn't have video games, you didn't have mobile phones and you didn't have all of the distractions that you have today.
"Music was the be all and end all. So we used the medium at its peak. We used the power that music had at its peak.
He added: "So maybe right now, the answer wouldn't be a concert or a record - but I don't know what the answer is."
Midge quipped about Bob "getting quite old these days" and that he is "maybe not the right guy" to keep Band Aid going.
The 2004 version, with the likes of Bono, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Joss Stone, Robbie Williams, Will Young and Dizzee Rascal on vocals, was a success like the first version, sitting at the top of the charts for a total of four weeks.
The 2014 reboot - starring Rita Ora, One Direction, Ellie Goulding, Olly Murs and Sam Smith - failed to have as long-lasting success as the others, with just one week at the top of the charts.
It did, however, raise more than £1 million in the space of minutes after the single debuted on The X Factor.