quarta-feira, 11 de março de 2009
Fields of Anfield road to be released for 10th Anniversary
Former Reds players and music stars are launching a bid to top the charts on on April 15.
Famous faces and Hillsborough families have recorded a version of classic Kop anthem Fields of Anfield Road .
Liverpool legends including John Aldridge, Kenny Dalglish, Bruce Grobbelaar, Alan Kennedy, Howard Gayle and Phil Thompson feature on the record.
Ex La’s and Cast singer John Power provided the lead vocal for the track which was recorded at the city’s Elevator studio, in Cheapside.
Fomer Farm frontman Peter Hooton has composed a new poignant fourth verse for the much-loved anthem
Part of it goes: “...I hear the Kopite mourning. Why so many taken on that day. Justice has never been done, But the memories will carry on.”
The Picket's Phil Hayes, who lost a cousin at Hillsborough, was project manager for the recording and worked alongside Kevin McManus from creative company Merseyside ACME.
Scouser Ken Nelson, who produced Coldplay’s hit albums, is involved in the project.
Also featured on the record is a member of Echo & The Bunnyman and Gary Daly and Eddie Lundon from pop act China Crisis.
Liverpool Mayor Cllr Steve Rotheram, who went to the ill-fated FA Cup semi-final clash against Nottingham Forest, said: “Our ambition is to get to the top of the charts to commemorate the loss of 96 lives.
“It’s about telling a story of how these people went out to watch a football match and never came home.
“It’s a contemporary version, a bit faster than the original so people can sing along to it.
“It was an emotional experience recording the song in the studio. There were a lot of people crying.
“We hope everyone in Merseyside will get behind it, Red and Blue.”
Phil Hayes, from The Picket, said:
“It’s a joyous song and it was brilliant to get everybody there and even some of the families.”
The single will be available to download and could be sold in music stores.
The owner of the copyright to both Fields of Anfield Road and the original Irish classic Fields of Athenry both waived a fee for the Liverpool single.
And the cost of hiring out the studio was met by the Lord Mayor’s charity.
The track will be released on March 2.