Gary Clarke, who presents the relaunched rock show "Rockulus Maximus" (described as "the most northerly rock show on the U.K. mainland"), conducted an interview with Tommy Heart, the singer with FAIR WARNING and SOUL DOCTOR, about his involvement with the charity EP "Help! For Japan".
During the interview, Tommy expresses why he initiated the charity project and also explains how the choice of THE BEATLES classic song was selected. He makes reference to Ronnie James Dio and Ronnie's charity work which took place during the '80s, and clarifies that he will be checking that all proceeds will definitely go towards the Japanese Red Cross.
Some of Europe's leading rock artists — including current and former members of DEEP PURPLE, EDGUY, HELLOWEEN, GOTTHARD, MAGNUM, KROKUS and TNT — have joined a campaign initiated by Tommy Heart to raise money for the victims of the massive earthquake and tsunami which devastated Japan's northeast coast last March. The musicians have recorded a cover version of the classic THE BEATLES song "Help" for an EP entitled "Help! For Japan", which was released in Europe on the German label Avenue Of Allies. All proceeds from the sales of this project will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross.
This EP includes the following four songs:
02. Help! (Tommy Heart Version)
03. Help! (Guitar Version)
04. Help! (Extended Version)
* Don Airey (keyboards and piano, DEEP PURPLE)
* Leo Leoni (guitar, GOTTHARD)
* Neil Murray (bass, ex-WHITESNAKE)
* Hena Habegger (drums, GOTTHARD)
* 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)
* Bernhard Weiss (AXXIS)
* Michael Kiske (UNISONIC)
* Tony Mills (TNT)
* Carsten Lizard Schulz (EVIDENCE ONE)
* Tommy Heart (SOUL DOCTOR, FAIR WARNING)
Guest lead 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)
All "Help!" versions were produced and mixed by Tommy Heart, Tommy Remm and Rene Schostak. The cover artwork was designed by Kai Swillus.
A trailer for "Help! For Japan" can be seen below.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/help.charity.
"Help! For Japan" trailer: