Ronnie James Dio's Widow Aiming to Reissue '80s Charity Project Featuring Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Rush
Published Nov 01, 2011Having already announced a tribute disc to her late husband Ronnie James Dio earlier this year, Wendy Dio has unveiled another all-star project in the works, namely a re-release of the metal-geared '80s charity song "Stars," as well as its accompanying album of the same name.
Under the banner Hear N' Aid, the charity project, which raised money to fight famine in Africa, was conceived by Dio band members Vivian Campbell and Jimmy Bain, and featured an all-star assortment of metal vets culled from Mötley Crüe, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Quiet Riot, Twisted Sister and Blue Öyster Cult, among others.
Dio himself helped sing lead, alongside Rob Halford and more, while Ted Nugent and Yngwie Malmsteen were among those that shredded solos atop the track. While on paper the tune and its accompanying album, which featured live contributions from Kiss and Rush, seemed destined to succeed, the project hasn't gone down in history the same way "We Are the World" did.
Wendy Dio is about to bring the tune back, however, with goals to bring Hear N' Aid to a newer generation of metalheads. Though a release date for a re-release hasn't been revealed yet, she has lofty goals to reissue the set as a deluxe package.
"I'm going to re-release [Stars] because it only ever came out on vinyl and cassette. So it'll come out on DVD and CD," she told Rolling Stone. "I have loads of outtakes for the video."
It's also still unclear when the tributary set, which is said to feature Halford, Dave Grohl and Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister, will hit store shelves.