Wendy Dio Plans Re-release of All-Star 80’s Metal Collaboration

Wendy Dio tells Rolling Stone that she wants to re-release the All-Star 80’s metal collaboration put together for charity in the mid 80s by her late husband Ronnie James Dio.

I’m going to rerelease [‘Stars’] because it only ever came out on vinyl and cassette. So it’ll come out on DVD and CD,” she says. “I have loads of outtakes for the video.

The year is 1985 and Dio band members Jimmy Bain and Vivian Campbell want to do a rock charity single to go along with the more pop oriented “We are the World” and “Do They Know it’s Christmas”. They talk Ronnie into putting together a band and Hear ‘N Aid is formed.

The band included many of the top 80’s metal artists, including singers Don Dokken, Quiet Riot’s Kevin Dubrow, and Rob Halford from Judas Priest.  It also included some killer guitar work with leads by guitarists like George Lynch and Yngwie Malmsteen

The original video for their song “Stars” is below:

Here is the complete list of participants from Wikipedia:

Vocals

  • Eric Bloom (Blue Öyster Cult)
  • Ronnie James Dio (Dio)
  • Don Dokken (Dokken)
  • Kevin DuBrow (Quiet Riot)
  • Rob Halford (Judas Priest)
  • Dave Meniketti (Y&T)
  • Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt)
  • Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche)

Backing Vocals

  • Tommy Aldridge (Ozzy Osbourne)
  • Dave Alford (Rough Cutt)
  • Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge/King Kobra)
  • Vinny Appice (Dio)
  • Jimmy Bain (Dio)
  • Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot)
  • Mick Brown (Dokken)
  • Vivian Campbell (Dio)
  • Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot)
  • Amir Derakh (Rough Cutt)
  • Buck Dharma (Blue Öyster Cult)
  • Brad Gillis (Night Ranger)
  • Craig Goldy (Giuffria)
  • Chris Hager (Rough Cutt)
  • Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P.)
  • Blackie Lawless (W.A.S.P.)
  • George Lynch (Dokken)
  • Yngwie Malmsteen
  • Mick Mars (Mötley Crüe)
  • Michael McKean (David St. Hubbins of Spinal Tap)
  • Vince Neil (Mötley Crüe)
  • Ted Nugent
  • Eddie Ojeda (Twisted Sister)
  • Jeff Pilson (Dokken)
  • Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot)
  • Claude Schnell (Dio)
  • Neal Schon (Journey)
  • Harry Shearer (Derek Smalls of Spinal Tap)
  • Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge)
  • Matt Thorr (Rough Cutt)
  • Adrian Vandenberg (Whitesnake)

Lead Guitar Solos

  • Vivian Campbell (Dio)
  • Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot)
  • Buck Dharma (Blue Öyster Cult)
  • Brad Gillis (Night Ranger)
  • Craig Goldy (Giuffria)
  • George Lynch (Dokken)
  • Yngwie Malmsteen
  • Eddie Ojeda (Twisted Sister)
  • Neal Schon (Journey)

Rhythm Guitar Melody Lines

  • Dave Murray (Iron Maiden)
  • Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden)

Bass

  • Jimmy Bain (Dio)

Drums

  • Vinny Appice (Dio)
  • Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot)

Keyboards

  • Claude Schnell (Dio)
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80s In The News – 80s Movie Edition

Time to take a look at news items related to our favorite decade, the 1980s!

Hollywoods obsession with remaking movies from the eighties continued with the release of new versions of Footloose, Fright Night,  and The Thing.

Speaking of Footloose, What do you think of Blake Shelton’s version of the classic Kenny Loggins’ theme song?

In other 80s Movie News:

Also in the News:
The complete collection of the 80’s Cartoon “Jem” was released on DVD,
and The Republic has a great interview with Dynasty star Linda Evans

Well, that’s it for this edition of “80s In The News”..  Until next time, thanks for helping keep the 80’s alive!

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Classic 80s Metal Bands sign up for Monsters of Rock Cruise

Wow, what a great lineup they have on tap for 80s Metal Fans on this cruise!   If you are a fan of the old Headbanger’s Ball on MTV, this is a must.

Created for fans of 80s Hard Rock music, the Monsters of Rock Cruise sails from Fort Lauderdale, FL to Key West and Nassau, Bahamas from February 25-28, 2012, showcasing legendary bands including Cinderella, Tesla, Kix, Stryper, Y & T, UFO and more. This high seas festival plays like a fantasy camp for hard rock enthusiasts with non-stop entertainment, activities and fun…the party never ends!

Visit the following website for more details: http://monstersofrockcruise.com/

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The 80s Makes a Comeback

I can’t even describe how powerful of an influence the 80s has had on me – and surprisingly still has on pop culture. Here are a few ways the 80s has snuck back (or up) into the 21st century:

Journey’s 1981 hit “Don’t Stop Believin” has made several poignant appearances over the past handful of years, rejuvenating our spirits with its powerful and trademark 80s positive, uplifting, and energetic riffs. First, the Chicago White Sox adopted it as their anthem en route to the 2005 World Series. Then, it served as the closing soundtrack to the final moments of the HBO hit series The Sopranos. More recently, its popularity was revived again when it was featured on the hit TV show Glee.

The Smurfs, the latest box office phenomenon to hit the big screen, used to light up our small screens every Saturday morning as an animated series. We fell in love with those little blue creatures, and let’s face it, Papa Smurf probably ended up teaching us more life lessons than our own parents did.

Nothing makes a more ironic, and thus awesome, fashion statement than rocking throwback wardrobe items that speak to your love of the 80s. I’m sure you’ve noticed that 80s t-shirts are on the rise. It seems everywhere I look there’s someone sporting a Madonna or Top Gun tee.

For a kid who spent all his time next to an enormous tape deck rocking out to 80s tunes, nothing shows off my love of the 80s like this funny t-shirt.

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Guest post on The 80s Blog

We are now allowing guest postings on our 80s Blog. If you want to drive traffic back to your own 80s site or simply love the 1980s, feel free to apply to be a contributing author on The 80s Blog.  We just ask two things:

  1. Your articles be unique to this site – no copying an existing post from your own website/blog
  2. Your articles be about the 1980s or celebrities from the 1980s

You can then add a short blurb at the end of the article describing who you are with a link back to your own 80s blog/website.

To apply, just send an email to 80sblog@thegreat80s.com

Thanks for helping keep the 80s Alive!

The Great80s Web Team

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80s In The News – Summer Edition

Ok 80s Fans, time to take a look at what has been going on this summer related to our favorite decade.. The 1980s!

The Smurfs are back!  This time on the big screen.

Debbie Gibson appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America to talk about her new tour with fellow 80s teen star Tiffany:

They both then appeard on The View

Sade talked to Thomas Conner of the Chicago Sun-Times about her new album being very similar to her music from the 80s.

 MTV turned 30

Like Totally 80s  interviewed original MTV VJ Alan Hunter.

80s Metal Stars Nikki Sixx, Phil Collen, Sebastian Bach, Sammy Hagar, and Tracii Guns spoke to Spin.com  about Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind” helping usher out 80s Metal.

Stuck in the 80s is looking for help compiling the best guy movies of the 80s.

Oregon Music News reviewed Whitesnake’s latest album releases

Video game maker THQ announced a new game based on the 80s cartoon Voltron

The Kickin’ It Old School blog  interviewed  David Sterry of Real Life and actor Scott Schwartz from A Christmas Story and The Toy.

Billboard did a poll asking their viewers what their choice was for the best video of the 80s  The winner of course was Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

The Care Bears are coming back..

Erasure is back on tour in the UK

Old Navy is counting on 80s Nostalgia to boost sales

TNT has given the go ahead for a reboot of the 80s prime time soap “Dallas” with original stars Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray.

Space Invaders is the latest 80s video game to become a movie.

Speaking of 80’s movies, Footloose and Ghostbusters are the latest ones scheduled for a remake.

80’s rapper Tone Loc found himself in trouble with the law.

Tom Keifer says there are no plans for a new Cinderella album.

The Cabbage Patch kids get a TV Special.

Celebuzz has pictures of Julianne Hough in her 80s garb during filming of the new Rock of Ages movie.

Def Leppard released a new live album:Mirror Ball – Live & More

Well, thats all for this edition.. Thanks for helping to keep the 80s alive!

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80s in the News – May Roundup

A look at 80s related news and events that happened in the month of May, 2011:

The Vancouver Sun determined that Corey Hart was no longer “The Boy in the Box”

Duran Duran kicked off a Summer UK Arena Tour

Debbie Gibson and Tiffany joined forces for a summer tour starting with a performance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Summer Concert series, Friday, July 29.

Darth Vader and his Stormtroopers rocked out to 80s Metal at DisneyWorld 

The Burton Mail nabbed an interview with Nik Kershaw

’80s Supergroup Asia reunited for a new tour

Whitesnake’s David Coverdale talked to the Washington Post about ’80s Nostalgia

The NY Post had a ’80s Music Greats: Where are they now? feature 

Rick Springfield was arrested on DUI charges and Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora checked into rehab

LikeTotally80s had a totally awesome interview with John Parr

Kickin’ it Old School interviewed Nick Richards from Boys Don’t Cry, Marv Ross from Quarterflash, the beautiful Catherine Mary Stewart, and John Wetton from Asia.

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XYZ Lead Singer planning 80s rocker benefit for Japan

Terry Ilous, the lead singer of 80’s metal group XYZ, has organized a 80s rock reunion that will benefit the tsunami victims in Japan.  The show will feature members of some of the top metal/hard rock bands from the 1980s and will take place at Harper’s Bar & Grille in Reseda, CA on April 16th.  A live streaming of the event will be done by Front Row Entertainment at http://frontrowent.tv/

So far, Ilous has gotten commitments from Chris Slade (AC DC, The Firm), Rudy Sarzo (Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne, Blue Öyster Cult), Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Foreigneer, Billy Idol), Richie Kotzen (Poison, Mr. Big), Juan Croucier (RATT), Jon Levin (Dokken), John Payne (Asia), Teddy Zigzag (Guns N’ Roses), James Lomenzo (Megadeth), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake), Robin McAuley (Survivor /Msg), Simon Wright (Dio/AC DC), Robert Sarzo (Hurricane) and Mitch Perry (MSG/Asia).

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Debbie Gibson Planning a Big Comeback with new Pop Album

TheInsider.com’s Nicole Dabeau recently met up with her ’80s music idol Debbie Gibson.  During the talk Debbie revealed she is planning a major “Tina Turner/Cher” style comeback.  Check out the video of the interview and let’s hope Debbie is successful with her new album!

http://www.theinsider.com/news/39256_80s_Teen_Idol_Debbie_Gibson_Plans_Major_Comeback/index.html

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The Return of El DeBarge

The Washington Post has a great article about the comeback of 80’s singer El DeBarge.  He has his first new album out in 16 years and it earned two Grammy nominations.  El DeBarge is best known for his huge hit “Who’s Johnny” which reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1986.  He also had a string of hits with his family in the band DeBarge, including “Rhythm of the Night” and “Who’s Holding Donna Now” in 1985.

Read the Article

Also, check out one of his new songs:

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