Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack is passionate about charity, in particular War Child. Following recent events in Palestine, they have an ongoing appeal for funds and Del Naja has decided to help – he has created 200 copies of a new version of Help95 artwork, on sale for £250 each.
One person, however, who certainly won’t be helping out is Pete Tong. Massive Attack and Tong had a falling out in December 2017, but its roots go back much further. Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra had been covering “Unfinished Symphony” in their shows – much to Massive Attack’s annoyance.
They disingenuously wrote they hadn’t given permission for the song to be used. Given their long time in music, they would already be aware of the fact this wasn’t required for doing a cover version. So, what’s behind their animosity towards Tong?
Could it possibly be the fact that, in August 2011, Tong was granted a restraining order against their friend Shara Nelson? She had claimed to be his wife and also said she’d had a child with him. She was banned from contacting Tong or his family and sentenced to 80 hours of community service.
And who is Shara Nelson? Only the singer on “Unfinished Symphony”…