Hear ‘n Aid: Hear’n Aid LP Stars 1985. An All Star album for Famine relief 1986 LP VINYL featuring 36 top METAL musicians


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STARS: HEAR’N AID: An All Star album for Famine relief Vertigo VERH 35, UK, June 1986 [featuring 36 top musicians from many different bands, (Dio, Kiss, Motorhead, Y&T, Judas Priest , Queensryche, WASP, B.O.C, Quiet Riot, Dokken,

Label: Vertigo ‎– VERH 35
Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country: UK
Released: 1986

Hear ‘N Aid
vinyl side A:
1. Hear ‘N Aid: Stars (extended version) (*)
2. Accept: Up To The Limit (live)
3. Motorhead: On The Road (live)
4. Rush: Distant Early Warning (live)
vinyl side B:
1. Kiss: Heaven On Fire (live)
2. Jimi Hendrix: Can You See Me
3. Dio: Hungry For Heaven (live) (*)
4. Y&T: Go For The Throat
5. Scorpions: The Zoo (live)

Media Condition: very near Mint (NM or M-)
Sleeve Condition: Very Good (VG)
with printed inner: very near Mint (NM or M-)
– (*) includes Ronnie James Dio on vocals
– Jimi Hendrix: Can You See Me was previously not released
– Dio claims to be recorded live at Sports Arena, San Diego, USA on December 7th, 1985, although supposedly Dio played at that date at Forum, Los Angeles, USA


HEAR’N AID Stars An All Star single [36 top musicians (Dio, Kiss, Motorhead Y&T, Judas Priest, Queensryche, WASP, B.O.C, Quiet Riot, Dokken

Hear ‘n Aid was a one-off project of the hard rock/heavy metal scene of the 1980s to raise money for famine relief in Africa. According to Ronnie James Dio MySpace profile, the project raised $1 million within a year.

While attending a 48 hour charity Radiothon at the radio station KLOS, Dio members Jimmy Bain and Vivian Campbell noticed that representation from hard rock or heavy metal stars was low. In light of the success of Band Aid “”Do They Know It Christmas?”” and USA for Africa “”We Are the World””, they forwarded an idea to Ronnie James Dio, also attending the Radiothon, and together decided to create a similar project exclusively built around artists from the hard rock/heavy metal scene. Together the three co-wrote the song “”Stars.””
The song was recorded on May 20 and 21 1985 at the A&M Records Studio in Hollywood, California. The project included contributions from Ted Nugent, Yngwie Malmsteen, Tommy Aldridge and members of Dio, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Quiet Riot, Dokken, Motley Crue, Twisted Sister, Queensryche, Blue oyster Cult, Vanilla Fudge, Y&T, Rough Cutt, Giuffria, Journey, W.A.S.P. and Night Ranger as well as the parody band Spinal Tap. Lead vocals were shared between Ronnie James Dio, Rob Halford, Kevin DuBrow, Eric Bloom, Geoff Tate, Dave Meniketti, Don Dokken and Paul Shortino. Vivian Campbell, Carlos Cavazo, Buck Dharma, Brad Gillis, Craig Goldy, George Lynch, Yngwie Malmsteen, Eddie Ojeda and Neal Schon all added guitar solos. Iron Maiden Dave Murray and Adrian Smith were in the middle of their ‘World Slavery Tour’ at the time and flew in to attend the main session. A documentary was shot of the recording process and released simultaneously.
The project also released a compilation album headed by “”Stars””, and also including live tracks by Kiss, Motorhead, Dio, Accept, Rush and Scorpions, as well as studio recordings by Y&T and Jimi Hendrix.
Dio had originally intended the song and album to be released shortly after its recording, but contractual issues with the different artists’ record labels delayed the release until January 1, 1986, somewhat diminishing the impact of its release.


Eric Bloom (Blue oyster Cult)
Ronnie James Dio (Dio)
Don Dokken (Dokken)
Kevin DuBrow (Quiet Riot)
Rob Halford (Judas Priest)
Dave Meniketti (Y&T)
Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt)
Geoff Tate (Queensryche)

Backing Vocals
Tommy Aldridge (Ozzy Osbourne)
Dave Alford (Rough Cutt)
Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge/King Kobra)
Vinny Appice (Dio)
Jimmy Bain (Dio)
Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot)
Mick Brown (Dokken)
Vivian Campbell (Dio)
Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot)
Amir Derakh (Rough Cutt)
Buck Dharma (Blueoyster Cult)
Brad Gillis (Night Ranger)
Craig Goldy (Giuffria)
Chris Hager (Rough Cutt)
Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P.)
Blackie Lawless (W.A.S.P.)
George Lynch (Dokken)
Yngwie Malmsteen
Mick Mars (Motley Crue)
Michael McKean (David St. Hubbins of Spinal Tap)
Vince Neil (Motley Crue)
Ted Nugent
Eddie Ojeda (Twisted Sister)
Jeff Pilson (Dokken)
Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot)
Claude Schnell (Dio)
Neal Schon (Journey)
Harry Shearer (Derek Smalls of Spinal Tap)
Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge)
Matt Thorr (Rough Cutt)
Adrian Vandenberg (Whitesnake)

Lead Guitar Solos
Vivian Campbell (Dio)
Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot)
Buck Dharma (Blue oyster Cult)
Brad Gillis (Night Ranger)
Craig Goldy (Giuffria)
George Lynch (Dokken)
Yngwie Malmsteen
Eddie Ojeda (Twisted Sister)
Neal Schon (Journey)
Rhythm Guitar Melody Lines
Dave Murray (Iron Maiden)
Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden)
Vivian Campbell (Dio)

Jimmy Bain (Dio)

Vinny Appice (Dio)
Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot)

Claude Schnell (Dio)

Hear’n Aid – Stars
Guitar [1st Solo] – Craig Goldy, Eddie Ojeda
Engineer [Assistant] – Benny Faccone, Brett Newman, Clyde Kaplan, Gary McGachan, Joe Borja, Magic Moreno, Paul McKenna, Robert DeLaGarza*
Mastered By – Greg Fulginiti
Vocals, Lead Vocals [Chorus] – Dave Meniketti, Don Dokken, Eric Bloom, Geoff Tate, Paul Shortino, Rob Halford, Ronnie James Dio
Guitar [4th Solo] – Vivian Campbell, Yngwie Malmsteen
Guitar [Melody Lines On Choruses] – Adrian Smith , Dave Murray
Written-By – Jimmy Bain, Ronnie James Dio, Vivian Campbell
Guitar [2nd Solo] – Brad Gillis, Vivian Campbell
Other [Roadcrew] – Brian Wede, Neil “”Studs”” Watson, Ray “”Reggie”” Ogawa
Guitar [6th Solo] – Brad Gillis, Craig Goldy, Donald “”Buck Dharma”” Roeser
Vocals – Kevin DuBrow
Guitar [5th Solo] – Carlos Cavazo, George Lynch
Engineer [Recording] – Angelo Arcuri
Guitar [3rd Solo] – George Lynch, Neal Schon

On May 20 and 21, 1985, 40 artists from the hard rock music community gathered at A&M Records Studios to participate in the making of a record called “”Stars”” as part of a very special project known as Hear’N Aid. The “”Stars”” single, coupled with the album, a video documentary on the making of the record, and other ancillary products will raise money for famine relief efforts in Africa and around the world.
40 artists and hundreds of volunteers donated their time and talent over four months to make Hear’N Aid a reality. “”Stars”” is a plea for unity in the fight against world hunger.
Recorded at: A&M Records Studios, Rumbo Recorders, Sound City.
Edited and mixed at: Rumbo Recorders
Mastering: Artisan Sound
Interviews recorded live at A&M, May 20 1985.
Edited and mixed at KLOS Sound City.
Special Thanks to Tim Kelly.

STARS: HEARN AID: An All Star album for Famine relief 1986 [featuring 36 top METAL musicians]

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