In a recent interview with Dr Music, old QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff tate returned to his involvement with “Stars”, the 1985 charity single for famine relief released under the HEAR ‘N AID banner.
On May 20-21, 1985, 40 artists from the metal community gathered at A&M recording studios in Hollywood, California, to help make a record titled “Stars” as part of a very special fundraising project led by Ronnie james dio known as HEAR ‘N AID. The “Stars” single and a video documentary on the making of the record were used to raise funds for famine relief efforts in Africa and around the world. These 40 artists – including members of MOTLEY CRUE, JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN, QUIET RIOT, TWISTED SISTER, BLUE YSTER WORSHIP and even SPINY TAP – along with hundreds of other volunteers, donated their time and talent for four months to make HEAR ‘N AID a reality. “Stars” was a plea for unity in the fight against hunger in the world.
Speaking about his recording experience “Stars”, Tate Recount Dr Music (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Ronnie was very special. And he actually gave QUEENSRŸCHE her first tour of Europe – invited us as special guests on her tour. He was an incredibly generous individual – especially when he liked a person or a band or someone’s music, he was very supportive. And we had just finished our first European tour with them, and he called and asked me if I would be a part of this project he was doing. And I, of course, immediately said yes. I always said yes to Ronnie, whenever he wanted something. I had so much respect for him and his wonderful career; she was just a wonderful person.
“Anyway, I flew to LA and walked into A&M Studios, and it was just a zoo – a madhouse, ”he continued. “It was the most people I had ever seen crammed into a building – hundreds and hundreds of people in the lobby and outside. It was a pandemonium, in fact. I got in one way or another; I had the credentials – got them from the hotel reception. I walked in there, and Ronnie met me at the door. He gave me a big hug and let me in. He said, ‘Okay, I’m glad you’re here. You are right on time. We are ready to have you make your vocal tracks. Are you ready? Or do you want to warm up? Do you want something to drink?’ I walked into the recording studio area and he showed me the microphone. And there was a chair and a table, and water glasses. And the lyrics to the song were up there and headphones. And he said, ‘Okay, sit here. We’re going to do some reading to get you used to it and get the volume out of your headphones. He said, ‘I’ll be right on the other side of the glass.’ I watch, and in the control room are all these people [that are featured in the photo on the cover]. I want to say, Ted nugentis in there, and Rob halfordis in there, and Neal schon is in there, Jonathan cain… The list is lengthened increasingly. Everyone that’s basically registered stands there. And I’m just, like, petrified. This is the third time that I have been in the studio in my life. I’m 25, and it was very early in my career. And I was so scared. And now I have to perform in front of these amazing and accomplished musicians who have done more in their lives than I could ever dream of doing. Oh my God. I couldn’t even take off my sunglasses. You see all the pictures of me that day, and I had my sunglasses on. I couldn’t live without them. I was hiding in my own scene, in my own head. And then I hear Ronnie coming on headphones: ‘Geoff, are you here? Are you here?’ [Laughs] I really wanted to take off those headphones and run away; I was so nervous. But he told me about it and calmed me down. He was the kind of guy who could always sense what was going on around him; he was pretty intuitive. And I think he was probably plugged into the fact that I was scared to death, as they say. But that’s how I felt – just scared to death.
“But it went well, and everyone was cool”, Tate added. “We had a great time. And the record was awesome. So different and weird and weird, with all these guitar solos. What a way to make a song. But it was cool and different. And I was really proud of it. be part And I was really proud that [Ronnie] asked me to do it.
“And honestly, even though it was a monumental experience for me at the time, I didn’t really enjoy it until much later, and looking back on it and making, oh, that was a pretty amazing record. what he did – it raised so much money and raised awareness in a whole different segment of society, which was really important. “
Due to contract differences with labels, the “Stars” The song and album were only released on New Years Day 1986 and were only available on vinyl and tape. Corn Ronniethe wife and manager of Wendy dio has said in recent years that she is continuing her efforts to correct this.
Wendy previously revealed that one of the reasons why the HEAR ‘N AID the reissue was taking so long to come out was the “legal thing” that needed to be taken care of. “You can always get the bands to do something, but that’s the legal permission to speak with the record companies they’re on and management, etc., to get something off the ground,” she said. declared. “So we hope to do so.”