VELVET REVOLVER To Guest On 'Tears In Heaven' Cover

January 18, 2005

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne officially announced Monday (Jan. 17) their plans to record a cover of ERIC CLAPTON's "Tears in Heaven" to benefit storm recovery efforts, according to MTV.com.

VELVET REVOLVER, AEROSMITH's Steven Tyler, Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne are among the artists lending their voices to the song, sales of which will benefit the Disasters Emergency Committee's Tsunami Earthquake Appeal.

The recording sessions will take place on two continents, starting this Thursday at London's Whitfield Street Studios, where VELVET REVOLVER, Elton John and Italian opera star Andrea Bocelli will lay down vocals. The following week, Gwen Stefani, Rod Stewart, the Osbournes, Josh Groban and Robbie Williams will record their tracks in Los Angeles. Pink is set to record in New York, and Tyler will do his vocal work in Boston.

Sharon is set to produce the track along with "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell.

Clapton's original version of "Tears" — written after the tragic death of his 4-year-old son Conor in 1991 — first appeared on the 1992 soundtrack to the film "Rush", and then later that year on his "Unplugged" album. The stripped-down, acoustic version of the song took home several Grammy awards, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

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