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  posted on 11/2/2011 at 06:25 AM
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During the 1980s, charity singles like Do They Know It's Christmas and We Are the World topped the charts – but not in the metal world. So Dio members Vivian Campbell and Jimmy Bain decided to do something about what they felt was a slight of their genre, and spoke to lead singer Ronnie James Dio about putting together their own charity project.


The result was the song Stars, featuring members of Mötley Crüe, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Quiet Riot, Twisted Sister, Blue Öyster Cult and even Spinal Tap. The group – which called itself Hear N' Aid – also enlisted Ted Nugent and Yngvie Malmsteen to record the track and put out an album, Stars, featuring live songs from KISS, Rush, Dio and more.


The song should be a part of Eighties lore – it features Dio and Rob Halford, among others, on lead vocals. But due to contract differences with the labels, the song and album weren't released until New Year's Day, 1986, well after the success of its predecessors and has since been largely forgotten.


But Ronnie's widow Wendy Dio wants to fix that. "I’m going to rerelease [Stars] because it only ever came out on vinyl and cassette. So it’ll come out on DVD and CD," she tells Rolling Stone. "I have loads of outtakes for the video."


Until then, Wendy has a many projects on the horizon to honor Dio's memory and raise funds for the Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund. There will be an event at the Playboy Mansion in L.A. with an awards ceremony – with each award named after a Dio song, including the King Of Rock And Roll honor, being given this year to his Black Sabbath mate Geezer Butler and hosted by our very own Eddie Trunk.


"Geezer Butler was not only a band mate with Ronnie, but one of his dearest friends," Wendy says. "He insisted on flying to Houston for Ronnie’s first chemo treatment to sit with him. Obviously I miss Ronnie every day, but I like to keep his memory alive and see if we can raise as much money as possible to get rid of this horrible disease."


She is also planning a bowling benefit January 31st and a guitar auction in April featuring over 100 donated guitars. Next year she wants to begin work on the tribute album, which will include artists ranging from Dave Grohl, doing Mob Rules, to Asia lead singer John Payne, who may tackle Heaven And Hell. She also says it will have to be a double album that will include friends like Halford and Glenn Hughes, as well as younger bands, such as Killswitch, who were influenced by Dio.



[Edited on 11/2/2011 by jszfunk]

 

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  posted on 11/4/2011 at 11:11 AM
I still have this on vinyl. I remember a quote from David St. Hubbins of Spinal Tap. He was talking about meeting all the musicians and he said something about being pleased to meet Yngwie J. Malmsteen: "I believe the J is to distinguish him from all the other Yngwie Malmsteens around."

The song is pretty cool and very similar to Dio tunes from Sacred Heart (no surprise there).

 

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  posted on 11/9/2011 at 09:13 AM
It will be nice to have it on d.v.d after all these years. The bonus stuff should be fun
 
 


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