Who would have thought that heavy metal had a heart? But when it came to summoning relief funds for African hunger in the 1980s, even the members of this most anti-social musical community saw fit to lend a hand. Led by the well-intentioned but terminally glib Ronnie James Dio, 40 artists convened in Los Angeles' A&M Studios on May 20-21, 1985, to record a benefit single entitled "Stars." Penned by the aforementioned Dio and his bandmates Vivian Campbell and Jimmy Bain, the seven-minute anthem aped the collaborative approach utilized by earlier, more mainstream efforts Band Aid and USA for Africa with a virtual relay of heavy metal singers and guitarists (just one rhythm section was necessary) taking turns with the mic or guitar solo. The complete list of performers reads as follows: Tommy Aldridge, David Alford, Carmine Appice, Vinny 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.
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