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Album: ''Stars'' (1986 Single)
1. Stars
2. The 4 1/2 Minute News



Hear 'n Aid was a joint effort from the heavy metal scene of the 80s to raise money for famine relief in Africa.

When attending a 48 hours charity "Radiothon" at the radio station KLOS, Jimmy Bain (of Rainbow and Dio) and Vivian Campbell (at that time still in Dio, later to play in Whitesnake and Def Leppard) noticed that the representation of heavy metal stars was scarce. In the light of the success of Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" and USA for Africa's "We Are The World" they forwarded the idea to Dio, also attending the Radiothon, and they decided to make a similar project exclusively built on artists from the heavy metal scene. Together the three cowrote the song Stars.

On May 20 & 21, 1985, 40 artists gathered at the A&M Records Studio in Hollywood, California to record the Stars album. The project included members of such bands as Dio, Quiet Riot, Iron Maiden, Mötley Crüe, Twisted Sister, Queensrÿche, Blue Öyster Cult, Dokken, Night Ranger, Judas Priest, W.A.S.P., Journey, Y&T, Vanilla Fudge, and the parody band Spinal Tap.

Heavy metal

United States of America, formed in 1985



<b>Lead Vocals:</b>
Ronnie James Dio (ex-Rainbow, ex-Black Sabbath, ex-Munetaka Higuchi, Heaven And Hell (UK), Elf)
Dave Meniketti (Y&T)
Rob Halford (Judas Priest, ex-Two, ex-Fight (US), ex-Lord Lucifer, ex-Hiroshima, ex-Thark, ex-Athens Wood, Black Sabbath)
Kevin Dubrow (Quiet Riot)
Eric Bloom (Blue �yster Cult)
Paul Shortino (ex-Quiet Riot, Rough Cutt)
Geoff Tate (Queensr�che)
Don Dokken (Dokken, Munetaka Higuchi (Guest))

<b>Backing Vocals (includes all subsequent musicians):</b>
Tommy Aldridge (ex-Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Whitesnake, ex-Thin Lizzy, ex-Patrick Rondat, ex-Vinnie Moore, ex-Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Manic Eden, Sykes, ex-Mot�rhead, M.A.R.S.)
David Alford (ex-Rough Cutt)
Carmine Appice (ex-Vanilla Fudge, ex--Ozzy Osbourne)
Mick Brown (Dokken)
Amir Derakh (ex-Rough Cutt)
Chris Hager (Rough Cutt)
Chris Holmes (ex-W.A.S.P., Psycho Squad, Animal, Sister)
Blackie Lawless (W.A.S.P., ex-New York Dolls, ex-Sister)
Vince Neil (M�tley Cr�e)
Ted Nugent (Amboy Dukes, Damn Yankees, Damnocracy)
Jeff Pilson (ex-Dokken, Flesh And Blood, M.S.G., Lynch-Pilson, Power Project, Minoru Niihara, Munetaka Higuchi (Guest), ex-Dio)
David St. Hubbins (Spinal Tap)
Rudy Sarzo (ex-Ozzy Osbourne, M.A.R.S., ex-Quiet Riot, ex-Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Dio, Whitesnake, Manic Eden, Dudes Of Wrath)
Derek Smalls (Spinal Tap)
Matt Thorr (Rough Cutt)
Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge)

Dave Murray - Melody Lines On Choruses (Iron Maiden, ex-Urchin, ex-Psycho Motel (guest))
Adrian Smith - Melody Lines On Choruses (Iron Maiden, ex-A.S.A.P., ex-Psycho Motel, ex-Bruce Dickinson, ex-Urchin)
Craig Goldy (Dio, ex-Giuffria, -M.A.R.S. , Craig Goldy's Ritual)
Eddie Ojeda (Twisted Sister, Prisoner Of War)
Vivian Campbell (ex-Dio, Def Leppard, Sweet Savage, Whitesnake, Riverdogs, Shadow King, Clock, Trinity, Lou Gramm)
Brad Gillis (ex-Ozzy Osbourne, Night Ranger, Vicious Rumors)
Neal Schon (Journey)
George Lynch (ex-Dokken, Lynch Mob, Lynch-Pilson)
Yngwie J. Malmsteen (ex-Steeler (US), ex-Alcatrazz, ex-MVP)
Carlos Cavazo (ex-Quiet Riot, Snow (US), Power Project)
Donald ``Buck Dharma`` Roeser (Blue �yster Cult)
Mick Mars (M�tley Cr�e)

Vinny Appice (Heaven And Hell (UK), ex-Dio, Derringer, WWIII, Erik Norlander, Power Project, Minoru Niihara (Guest), ex-Black Sabbath, Axis, War and Peace)
Frankie Banali (ex- W.A.S.P., Quiet Riot, Heavy Bones, Masi, Blackthorne)

Jimmy Bain (ex-Rainbow, ex-Dio, WWIII, Wild Horses, Key)

Claude Schnell (ex-Dio, ex-Rough Cutt, Hughes Thrall, guest in Neil Turbin)


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