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30 Years Ago: Heavy Metal Legends Convene for ‘Hear ’n Aid’ Sessions

On May 20 and 21, 1985, one of the greatest heavy metal summits of all time took place at Los Angeles’ A&M Records Studio for the creation of a charitable single, “Stars,” later issued by the project known as Hear ’n Aid. The cause was raising money for famine relief in Africa — as it had been for recent efforts undertaken by pop musicians, in both the U.K. (Band Aid) and the U.S. (USA for Africa), but that’s where the similarities ended and Hear ’n Aid stood alone.

But it was in fact 1984’s Band Aid that sowed the general seeds for Hear ’n Aid’s existence, along with a 48-hour radio telethon hosted by L.A. radio station KLOS, specifically, which happened to be attended by Dio members Vivian Campbell (guitar) and Jimmy Bain (bass), among many other stars. Together, the duo crafted a new song and asked their boss, Ronnie James Dio, to help with some lyrics and, before anyone could count to 11, heavy metal had an answer to Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” and USA for Africa’s “We Are the World.”

Its name was “Stars,” and the roll call of hard rock and metal stars eager to lend their talents to those sessions was nothing short of astonishing. In common with those pop music efforts, “Stars” witnessed a string of leather-lunged singers trading lead vocals lines — namely Dio, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, Blue Oyster Cult’s Eric Bloom, Quiet Riot’s Kevin DuBrow, Queensryche’s Geoff Tate, Y&T’s Dave Meniketti, Rough Cutt’s Paul Shortino and Dokken’s Don Dokken, as well as dozens more providing backup, including members of Motley Crue, Twisted Sister and W.A.S.P.

Distinct among all these musical charities of the time, “Stars” did its metal heritage proud by boasting an extended jaw-dropping guitar solo that collated fireworks of shredders like Yngwie Malmsteen, Dokken’s George Lynch, Craig Goldy, B.O.C.’s Buck Dharma Roeser, Twisted Sister’s Eddie Ojeda, Journey’s Neal Schon, Quiet Riot’s Carlos Cavazo, Night Ranger’s Brad Gillis and co-songwriter Campbell, who also contributed rhythm guitar parts, along with Iron Maiden’s Dave Murray and Adrian Smith, who flew in from their band’s massive World Slavery Tour to do their part with harmony parts.

Even Ted Nugent came down to sing backup — as did the members of spoof-metal band Spinal Tap to lend a few laughs to the otherwise dead serious circumstances.

Unfortunately, obtaining legal clearance for so many artists signed to so many different record labels proved a daunting task that would delay the music’s release for months. The Hear ’n Aid compilation LP finally arrived in stores in January 1986, packing recordings donated by major names such as Kiss, Rush, Motorhead, Accept, Y&T, Scorpions, the Jimi Hendrix estate and Dio.

By then, “Stars” had also been made available as both 7” and 12” singles (peaking at No. 26 in the U.K., No. 39 in the U.S.), and the entire historic event was eventually celebrated by a 48-minute documentary filled with interviews, outtakes and behind-the-scenes clips. And while some of those involved feared that the legal delays had diminished Hear ’n Aid’s impact, one could likewise argue that they also extended awareness for famine relief for a few more months, well into 1986.

In any case, the nearly $1 million raised by Hear ’n Aid speak for themselves, and the still-unmatched collection of heavy metal star power that came together during those two days in the name of a good cause.

 

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Ronnie James Dio Remembered by Former Collaborators Five Years After His Death

Former collaborators from Black Sabbath, Elf, Rainbow and his namesake band joined in an emotional public memorial service held Saturday for Ronnie James Dio on the fifth anniversary of his death.

Vinny Appice, who worked with Dio both in Black Sabbath and the offshoot band Heaven and Hell, took part in a rendition of “Rainbow In The Dark” with former Dio band members Rowan Robertson, Rudy Sarzo and Scott Warren, among others. Dio Disciples, which features ex-Dio members Craig Goldy, Simon Wright and Warren, performed “Stargazer.”

Rock Feinstein of Elf joined figures with connections to Asia and Quiet Riot for “Mistreated,” which also featured Warren. Rainbow’s Jimmy Bain hooked up with Appice as well as members of Black Star Riders for “Stand Up and Shout.” Additional songs and performers, as well as video from the event, is below.

Great White, Rough Cutt and ex-Megadeth guitarist Chris Broderick were among the others who performed at the memorial, held at Los Angeles’ Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills. Dio died of stomach cancer on May 16, 2010, at age 67.

Watch Great White Perform ‘Heaven and Hell’ at the Ronnie James Dio Memorial

Watch Jimmy Bain, Carmine Appice and Others Perform ‘Stand Up and Shout’

Watch Lita Ford and Others Perform ‘Lisa’

Songs and performers from the Ronnie James Dio memorial:
“Lisa,” Lita Ford, Patrick Kennison, Marty O’Brien
“Heaven and Hell,” Great White
“Last in Line,” Great White featuring Lorraine Lewis
“Take Her,” Rough Cutt
“Mistreated,” John Payne, Rock Feinstein, Christian Martucci, Sean McNabb, Roy Mayorga and Scott Warren
“Rainbow in the Dark,” Gabbie Rae, Rowan Robertson, Rudy Sarzo, Vinny Appice and Scott Warren
“Sign of the Southern Cross,” Ann Boleyn, Craig Goldy, Sean McNabb, Simon Wright and Scott Warren
“Stargazer,” Dio Disciples
“Stand Up and Shout,” Ricky Warwick, Robbie Crane, Chris Broderick, Jimmy Bain and Vinny Appice

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RONNIE JAMES DIO’S Widow Is Resurrecting A 1980s Supergroup For Charity

Most of you reading this are probably too young to remember, but back in the 1980s rock stars loved getting together to record songs for charity. They didn’t love it as much as cocaine, but celebrity supergroups where probably a close second. The two most well-known of these were Band-Aid, a supergroup organized by Bob Geldof that raised money to fight hunger in Africa with “Do They Know It’s Christmas;” a song that portrayed the continent as a Mad Maxian hellspcape, and USA For Africa, which was led by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and also raised millions of dollars for famine relief in Africa with the (noticeably less bleak) song “We Are the World.” Each of these projects raised millions of dollars for their respective causes and had the added bonus of inspiring Vivian Campbell and Jimmie Bain of Dio to approach Ronnie James Dio with an idea for a heavy metal and hard rock version of these groups.

The three went to work writing a song that would eventually be called simply “Stars,” and on May 20th and 21st assembled a murderer’s row of heavy weight singers and guitarists to record the song at A & M Studios in Hollywood, California under the name Hear ‘n Aid. Among the participants were Dio himself, Rob Halford, Chris Holmes and Blackie Lawless (W.A.S.P.), Yngwie Malmsteen, Kevin DuBrow (Quiet Riot), Ted Nugent, Don Dokken (Dokken), Vince Neil (Mötley Crüe), and Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche). Dio intended for the song to be released as a single shortly after it was recorded, but some legal malarkey with the record labels involved held the release up until New Years Day of 1986 when “Stars” finally saw the light of day. Dio and company also released a making-off documentary to and a full album featuring some additional songs by artists like AcceptRush, and Motörhead to accompany the song. “Stars” peaked at #26 at the UK Singles chart in 1986, and, according to Ronnie James Dio, it raised $1 million that first year.

Now, nearly 30 years after the initial release of “Stars,” Dio’s widow Wendy has announced her intention to release the original song with loads of bonus material. On a recent interview with SiriusXM’s Eddie Trunk she said, “We are in talks right now with a couple of record labels to reissue Hear ‘n Aid, with the funds going to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund. She went on to say, “We have so much stuff that was never released before — behind-the-scenes stuff that was shot during the whole time. We have photos galore of everybody that was involved in it, and I think it’ll be fantastic. We just have to work on it. It may not come out this year, because I want everything to be perfect, as Ronnie would want it to be, but I am in talks about it, and that will be coming out, definitely.”

Additionally, Wendy stated that a new Hear ‘n Aid track will be recorded for charity, although she didn’t reveal the names of anyone involved. Just that the line-up would consist of current and classic artists and proceeds would go to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund and it probably wouldn’t be out this year due again to legal bullcrap with some record labels. Below you’ll find the video for the original version of “Stars.” Yeah it’s cheesy, but it’s also a lot of fun and it was for a good cause. Keep your eyes peeled for more news regarding the new incarnation of Hear ‘n Aid.

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For Immediate Release
April 14, 2015

Celebrities and Musicians Announced for RONNIE JAMES DIO’s 5th Year Remembrance Celebration

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the voice of Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio, will host a weekend of celebratory activities to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the singer’s untimely death from gastric cancer on May 16, 2010. The events will take place from May 15-17, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA, and sponsors so far include: Monster Energy, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, 100.3 The Sound, Ninkasi Brewing and Western Bagel!

Today, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund is pleased to announce the initial celebrities that will be in attendance at the events, plus select BOWL FOR RONNIE celebrity bowlers and musicians performing at the Memorial and the RIDE FOR RONNIE BBQ at Los Encinos State Park. In addition, as mentioned below, VH1 Classic That Metal Show’s Eddie Trunk will be the host for all of the weekend’s events.

Below is a list of celebrities and musicians that will be in attendance of various weekend events. A specific list of attendees confirmed to bowl and BBQ performers will be released prior to the event. Attendees include: this year’s Best Metal Performance GRAMMY Awards winners Jack Black & Kyle Gass of Tenacious D, rock music legend Eddie Money, Christian Martucci & Roy Mayorga of Stone Sour, Chris Broderick of ACT OF DEFIANCE and formerly of MEGADETH, Oni Logan “Official Page” of Lynch Mob (Official), Sean McNabb Actor/Musician of LYNCH MOB and formerly of QUIET RIOT and DOKKEN, members of DIO (Craig Goldy, Simon Wright, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, and Scott Warren), Bjorn Englen of Dio Disciples and formerly of YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, John Payne of ASIA, and many more to be confirmed!

In a band statement, Jack Black and Kyle Gass of TENACIOUS D state, “Let’s roll some balls in honor of the greatest heavy metal singer of all time!”

The RONNIE JAMES DIO’s 5th Year Remembrance weekend will include a public Memorial Service, as well as a BOWL FOR RONNIE Celebrity Bowling tournament and the inaugural RIDE FOR RONNIE motorcycle ride and BBQ. See below for an updated listing of activities, ticket prices, and other information.

MAY 15th: BOWL FOR RONNIE Celebrity Bowling Tournament
Pinz Bowling Center
12655 Ventura Boulevard
Studio City, CA 91604

TO PURCHASE TICKETS: http://www.diocancerfund.org/bowlforronnie

Hosted by Eddie Trunk of VH1’s That Metal Show, this will be an evening of fun, food, entertainment and, of course, bowling with rock stars and celebrities competing for trophies in the name of raising funds and awareness for the Ronnie James Dio SUAS Cancer Fund. A silent auction will include collectible bowling pins autographed by artists such as Tenacious D, Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, YES, Anthrax and Metallica and in addition to many more major items. Music will be provided by KNAC.com’s DJ Will.

BOWLING PRICES & INCENTIVES BREAKDOWN:
INDIVIDUAL GUEST (Non-Bowler)
($50 per person)
Event entrance for one, Two drink tickets, All you can eat pizza

INDIVIDUAL BOWLER
($75 per person)
Event entrance for one, Two drink tickets, All you can eat pizza, Shoe rental & bowling

TEAM/ CORPORATE LANE
($1,500 one lane with 6 bowlers)
Show off your team skills and charitable spirit. Gather your friends or represent your company with this fun package deal. Trophies and bragging rights for the ages. Lane for 6 bowlers including shoe rental, your company or team name added to three day event program, your company or team logo displayed on your lane and throughout event on flat screens, pizza and 2 drink tickets per person. Lane purchase includes 2 VIP party passes, (Additional VIP party passes sold separately up to 6 per lane)

MAY 16: Ronnie James Dio 5th Year Memorial Service
and Celebration of Ronnie’s Music
Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills
6300 Forest Lawn Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068

MORE INFO: http://www.diocancerfund.org/events/

A FREE public Memorial Service will take place at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills on Saturday, May 16 to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Ronnie’s passing. Several former band members and friends who worked with Ronnie over his illustrious career will be speaking and performing his music. As seating for this event is limited, if you are interested in attending, please send an email, along with your name, phone number and the number of seats to: info@diocancerfund.org

MAY 17: RIDE FOR RONNIE Motorcycle Ride and BBQ
Harley-Davidson Buell of Glendale
3717 San Fernando Rd
Glendale, CA 91204
Pre-Registered Rider Check-In
On-Site Registration
9:00am – 10:45am

Continental Breakfast
9:00am – 10:30am

Kickstands Up at 11:00am
To
Los Encinos State Historic Park
16756 Moorpark Street
Encino, CA 91436
BBQ & Live Music
12:00pm to 5:00pm

RIDER REGISTRATION & BBQ ADMISSION:
Rider $75
Rider & Passenger $120
BBQ General Admission $55
http://www.diocancerfund.org/rideforronnie

Riders will check-in at Harley-Davidson of Glendale, where they can enjoy a continental breakfast with entertainment and prizes provided by The Sound 100.3. The first 200 registered riders will receive a limited edition RIDE FOR RONNIE Challenge Coin! Participants will depart Glendale, traveling the freeways of the north San Fernando Valley, then down the 405 to a BBQ at Los Encinos Historical Park in Encino. The BBQ will feature great food and drink, live music by Ronnie’s former bandmates and friends, raffle prizes, live auction and much more! BBQ-only tickets available to non-riders.

BBQ included for registered riders & passengers. BBQ-only tickets for non-riders are available for advance purchase. Please note: event is subject to sell-out and tickets may not be available at the door. Avoid disappointment and purchase your tickets in advance!

Check back at the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund website www.diocancerfund.org for updates.

A privately funded 501(c)(3) charity organization dedicated to cancer prevention, research and education, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund has already raised close to $1 million in its short history. Monies raised have been committed to the cancer research work of the T. J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIDS and Leukemia Research, the gastric cancer research unit of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Ronnie was treated for gastric cancer during the last six months of his life, and other cancer research projects.