Ohhhh, “We Are The World” reunion for Haiti, reports Roger Friedman. Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie are calling on star talent for the 25th anniversary  re-recording with, so far, Usher, Natalie Cole, and John Legend signed on.

And they’re planning a party as well for the night after the Grammys, to be held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, so expect Grammy winners, nominees and participants to join the celebration and sign on board for for the AEG-produced TV special, video and single.

Yeah, AEG, the same folks who produced Michael Jackson’s memorial service, the Michael Jackson “This is It” dirt nap tour, and the eponymous necromantic Michael Jackson movie. And who co-wrote “We Are the World” with Lionel Richie? Michael Jackson.  Just keeping milking the corpse, boys.

Maybe it’s well-intentioned, but then again maybe the just half cost of staging this event, marketing it, and money everyone would have to spend on lawyers and agents for clearances and releases should just go directly to Haitian aid and relief instead. Quicker, faster, easier and less vig. Though it could be argued that the spectacle could  provide some much needed employment all along the pipeline from catering that night to manufacturing the DVDs and CDs…Oh the agony of thinking.

Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.