This project founded by the living legend of heavy metal Ronnie James Dio was done in response to all those charity records for starving Ethiopians back in the middle eighties. We had "We Are the World" in the USA, the UK had "Do They Know it's Christmas?" (probably not since they're mostly Muslims)...country artists, soul, and every other genre did their songs for Africa's starving...so did metal, and that was a song called "Stars" which is the prominant feature of this group and album titled Hear N' Aid. The song itself, written by Dio, is quite good...and sounds very much like a typical Dio song...and while Ronnie himself does more vocal lines than the other singers, he does share the song with the likes of Rob Halford, Geoff Tate, Kevin DuBrow, and others...curiously Vince Neil and Ted Nugent were there but didn't have no lines except singing part of the chorus.The "Stars" itself is worth getting if you can find it on its own, especially just for the long guitar solo featuring the likes of Yngwie Malmsteen, Dave Murray & Adrian Smith, Neil Schon, and tons more. The rest of the album if you decide to get it features live songs from Accept (Up To the Limit), Motorhead (On the Road...later re-titled and lyrically changed as Built For Speed on the Orgasmatron lp), Scorpions (The Zoo), Dio (Hungry for Heaven), Kiss (Heaven's on Fire), and Rush (Distant Early Warning)...all these songs are pretty much available on various live albums by those artists...there's also two studio tracks, Jimi Hendrix (Can You See Me) and Y&T (Go for the Throat).
Here's a listing of who participated: Tommy Aldridge, David Alford (Rough Cutt), Carmine Appice (King Kobra), Vinny Appice (Dio), Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot), Eric Bloom (Blue Oyster Cult), Mick Brown (Dokken), Vivian Campbell (Dio), Carols Cavazo (Quiet Riot), Amir Derakh (Rough Cutt), Ronnie James Dio (Dio), Don Dokken (Dokken), Kevin Dubrow (Quiet Riot), Brad Gills (Night Ranger), Craig Goldy (Giuffria), Chris Hager (Rough Cutt), Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Chris Holmes (WASP), Blackie Lawless (WASP), Yngwie Malmsteen, Mick Mars (Motley Crue), Dave Meniketti (Y&T), Dave Murray (Iron Maiden), Vince Neil (Motley Crue), Ted Nugent, Eddie Ojeda (Twisted Sister), Jeff Pilson (Dokken), Donald "Buck-Dharma Roeser" (Blue Oyster Cult), David St. Hubbins (Spinal Tap),Rudy Sarzo, Claude Schnell (Dio), Neal Schon (Journey), Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt), Derek Smalls (Spinal Tap), Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden), Mark Stein (ex-vanilla fudge), Geoff Tate (Queensyrche) and Matt Thor (Rough Cutt)