4 Track EP
Label: Avenue Of Allies 2012
Review by Kimmo Toivonen
A year ago Japan was struck by a massive earthquake that wiped off entire cities and affected the lives of millions. Several charity projects have been launched after that, but there's still people in need of help, and therefore Tommy Heart of Fair Warning and Soul Doctor fame put together this campaign.
Together with several well-known singers and players in the hard rock genre, Tommy has re-worked the Beatles classic "Help!" into a melodic rock ballad. The EP features four different versions of the song, an "all-star" version, one sung by Tommy Heart, a guitar version and an extended version. All versions sound good, but I guess the most interesting one is the "all-star" version with all the singers sharing vocals in true "We Are The World" or "Hear'n Aid" -style. Nice!
The musicians: Don Airey (Keyboard & Piano, Deep Purple), Leo Leoni (Gitarre, Gotthard), Neil Murray (Bass, ex Whitesnake), Hena Habegger (Drums, Gotthard)
The singers: Tobias Sammet (Edguy, Avantasia), Bob Catley (Magnum), Andi Deris (Helloween), Torstein Flakne (Stage Dolls), Marc Storace (Krokus), David Readman (Pink Cream 69), Claus Lessmann (Bonfire), Oliver Hartmann (Hartmann), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Bernhard Weiss (Axxis), Michael Kiske (Unisonic), Tony Mills (TNT), Carsten Lizard Schulz (Evidence One) and Tommy Heart (Soul Doctor, Fair Warning),
The solo guitar players: Cede Dupont (Downspirit), Kyoji Yamamoto (BowWow), Helge Engelke (Fair Warning), Roland Grapow (Masterplan), Leo Leoni (Gotthard), Henny Wolter (Nitrogods), Robert R. Rodrigo (Airless)