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Hillsborough single launched by lfctalk
March 26, 2009, 09:52
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Several former Reds and local musicians have launched a commemorative single to mark the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

“The Fields of Anfield Road” features Cast’s John Power, James Walsh of Starsailor, former player and manager Kenny Dalglish and former goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar.

Peter Hooton, of The Farm, has written a new verse for the song. He said it was a “commemoration to the 96 who lost their lives”.

Ninety-six Liverpool supporters were crushed to death in the disaster at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium on 15th April 1989 before the FA Cup Semi-Final with Nottingham Forest.

The idea for a commemorative CD came from Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Steve Rotheram.

“It’s important that 20 years on we try and do something,” he said.

“So after talking to some of the people in the industry, they thought this was an appropriate way they can do that.”

The CD’s lead track, performed by the Liverpool Collective featuring the Kop Choir, features contributions from Nick Kilroe from Echo and the Bunnymen and Rob Taylor of the Troubadours and was recorded by Coldplay producer Ken Nelson.

Former player and manager, Kenny Dalglish, said he felt humbled by his name being mentioned in the lyrics of the song.

“I’m the one who’s embarrassed by it in the end, but if the families enjoy it I’d rather it be that way round than me enjoying it and they didn’t like it.” he said.

The track includes vocals from Bruce Grobbelaar, who was Liverpool’s goalkeeper when the tragedy occurred.

“You can’t forget what happened at Hillsborough,” he said. “We’ll always remember it.”

Former player John Arlidge, who was also on the pitch at Hillsborough on the day of the disaster, said he wanted to keep memories of the day fresh.

“This hopefully will keep them alive and make people realise we’re still there for them,” he added.

John Power, who found fame with The La’s, said everyone involved with the song had been brought together by the tragedy of April 1989.

“You’ve got people who lost dearly loved ones, you had people who just went to the game and ended up dead, and you ended up also with the injustice of being blamed for that event,” he said.

The single, which will be released on 6 April, has been backed by the Hillsborough Family Support Group.

Thousands of people are expected to attend a memorial ceremony at Anfield on 15 April when the Lord Mayor will present the CD to club officials.

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