2012 - Help! for Japan

2011-12-13 15:24
Release date: 
March 09th, 2012
Line up
Michael Kiske
Tommy Heart
Oliver Hartmann
Bob Catley
Tobias Sammet
David Readman
Bernhard Weiss
Tony Mills
Andi Deris
Torstein Flakne
Marc Storace
Claus Lessmann
Ralf Scheepers
Leo Leoni
Helge Engelke
Roland Grapow
Kyoji Yamamoto
Henny Wolter
Robert R. Rodrigo
Cede Dupont
Neil Murray
Hena Habegger
Don Airey
Don Airey
Track list
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All “HELP!” versions produced and mixed by Tommy Heart, Tommy Remm & Rene Schostak (Valicon).
Vocal Arrangement by Tommy Heart.
Solo Guitar Arrangement for “Help” (Guitar Version) by Helge Engelke.
Audio mastering by TMM/Tom Müller Berlin/Germany.
Cover artwork “Help! For JAPAN” designed by Kai Swillus.
Record deal: Avenue Of Allies.

Michael Kiske sings on track 1 and 4.

All income from the sales of this project will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross.

You can make the preorders in Amazon Japan, Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, HMV and it will be available soon in Rockavenue, Disk Union .


The musicians: Don Airey (Keyboard & Piano, Deep Purple), Leo Leoni (Guitar, 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), Bernhard Weiss (Axxis), Michael Kiske (Unisonic), Tony Mills (TNT), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), 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).


01. Help! - (4:34) all singers version.

02. Help! - (4:32) Tommy Heart performance.

03. Help! - Guitar Version - (4:34) will contain all guitar solos done by Cede Dupont, Kyoji Yamamoto, Roland Grapow, Helge Engelke, Henny Wolter and Robert R. Rodrigo.

04. Help! - Extended Version - (6:45) with all vocalists like the first track but it's an extended version.

About Michael Kiske, they published: Michael Kiske (UNISONIC) joins "Help! For JAPAN" with a truly amazing performance!


Promotional stuff


Help! for Japan michael kiske tommy heartCover artwork “Help! For JAPAN” designed by the artist and photographer Kai Swillus who worked previously with Saxon, Victory, Girlschool, Running Wild, Metallium, Suidakra, Holy Moses, Uli John Roth... making in some cases the cover art, booklet concept, layout design, logo art, illustrations, etc...

Kai Swillus is also the drummer of Reckless Tide.

This is the statement they publish to show the whole art concept for this charity EP: "This is how the CD's look! The EP will come as a CD jewel case with 8 page booklet and will be in stores on March 9th, 2012."

Help! sample


History behind

The first anniversary of the disastrous earthquake in Japan will be on March 11th, 2012. The aftermath of this catastrophe is still apparent, and to the present day the Japanese people are facing the impact of the events. The population of the affected area has not been able to completely return to their everyday live and the people are still grateful for our help.

Some of Europe’s leading Rock artists have united to join a campaign initiated by singer Tommy Heart (Soul Doctor, Fair Warning) and recorded a tremendous new version of the classic The Beatles song “Help”. The EP “Help! For JAPAN” will be released in Europe on the German label Avenue Of Allies in early March 2012. All income from the sales of this project will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross.


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Tommy Heart Help! for Japan kiskeTommy Heart is the musician who started the idea of this charity EP, he published: "All these Tsunami and Earquake news are breaking my heart. My prayers and thoughts are with the people of Japan and those in many other places who has been affected by this terrible disaster.

My deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to all those who have suffered and to the families and friends of those who tragically lost their lives."

Tommy Heart is an amazing German vocalist who started his career in 1986 in a band named Heartlyne. After the first steps, he was a founding member of bands like V2, Fair Warning  and Soul Doctor. Now he is actually recording his first solo album plus another different projects.


But did you know is not the first time the paths of Michael Kiske and Tommy Heart are crossed?

Tommy Heart second band was V2, in 1988 they signed with the label Noise Records (the same of Helloween in that moment).  The label chose V2 for being the supporting band of Helloween during the solo Tour Pumpkins Fly Free Tour '88 in Germany and United Kingdom.

Also the third Tommy's band; Fair Warning, which he founded (with Zeno bassist Ule W. Ritgen) a few years later of parting ways with V2 is an amazing hardrock band with similar sound to Place Vendôme and also signed by Frontiers Records, the label of Kiske solo albums, Place Vendôme and Kiske/Somerville project so we could say they're label pals again.


Catalog numbers
CD12 02 0040Avenue of Allies Music