HEAR N' AID
20 and 21, 1985, 40 artists from the heavy metal community
gathered at A&M Studios in
Hollywood, CA to donate their time and talent to a song written by Ronnie James
to raise money for the relief of famine in Ethiopia.
The idea for producing the "Stars" album and song came to
Jimmy Bain and Vivian Campbell after the success of a group of British artists
known as Band Aid and US artists know are
USA for Africa.
The result was the historic
recording of "Stars". The "Stars" single and a
video documentary on the making of the record were used to raise money for
famine relief efforts in Africa and around the world.
The artists included Tommy
Aldridge, David Alford, Carmine Appice, Vinnie Appice, Jimmy Bain, Frankie
Banali, Eric Bloom, Mick Brown, Vivian Campbell, Carlos Cavazo, Amir Derakh,
Ronnie James Dio, Don Dokken, Kevin Dubrow, Brad Gillis, Craig Goldie, Chris
Hager, Rob Halford, Chris Holmes, Blackie Lawless, George Lynch, Yngwie
Malmsteen, Mick Mars, Dave Meniketti, Dave Murray, Vince Neil, Ted Nugent, Eddie
Ojeda, Jeff Pilson, Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser, David St. Hubbins, Rudy Sarzo,
Claude Schnell, Neal Schon, Paul Shortino, Derek Smalls, Adrian Smith,
Mark Stein, Geoff Tate, and Matt Thorr.
The Stars project was released
as a 45, 12" LP. The filmed project was released on VHS.
These 40 artists, along with
hundreds of other 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
By mid 1987, Hear 'n Aid had raised and donated $1.000.000 to this project.