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Airey in Japan earthquake tribute

Help! For Japan cover artwork

Don Airey took part in the recording of a classic Beatles song Help, which will be released on March 11 at the first anniversary of earthquake in Japan. The earthquake was one of the strongest in recorded history and Japanese people are still experiencing it’s impact. Population of the affected area has not been able to completely return to their everyday live and the people are still grateful for help. All income from the project will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross.

The EP single Help! For Japan will include the following four tracks:

  1. Help!
  2. Help! (Tommy Heart version)
  3. Help! (guitar version)
  4. Help! (extended version)

Musicians involved: Don Airey (keyboards and piano), Leo Leoni (guitar; Gotthard), Neil Murray (bass), 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), Carsten Lizard Schulz (Evidence One) and Tommy Heart (Soul Doctor, Fair Warning).

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).

All ‘Help!’ versions produced and mixed by Tommy Heart, Tommy Remm and 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.

Project’s website and Facebook page.

Thanks to Bravewords for the info.

8 Comments to “Airey in Japan earthquake tribute”:

  1. 1
    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:

    It might be time for ‘the Donald’ to look into getting a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for doing the Most Session Work in the music business. Hell, he’s in the band that scored ‘Loudest Band in the World’. He’s a shoe-in. Look forward to this.
    Good job Mr. Airey. Now, how ’bout that New Purple record, huh????


  2. 2
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Listened to that “wiki metal” interview with Ian Gillan.
    Does not sound promising that new record Tracy.

  3. 3
    Black Sheep says:

    Don’t think it’s ‘the Donald’ that’s holding that new Purple record up Tracy.

  4. 4
    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:


    I listened to it also. Didn’t catch anything about the record.


    Yeah I think I have already remarked about the ‘problem’ elsewhere. Just sayin’


  5. 5
    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:

    Follow-up to #4, regarding the Gillan interview…..

    I took a further listen and found the question regarding the new album. Positive? No. But, he did state ‘probably next year’. He may not exude a positive vibe personally, but the fact that he maintains the probability of it happening is what matters. He obviously isn’t gung ho about it. But the Band will most likely make it happen. Again as I stated with ROTD. He was the last to do his part there too. I believe it will happen. I also believe it will be a good effort with some very good music.


  6. 6
    Vavoom says:

    Japan is not poor country, Armenia or Indonesia.
    Because Japanese company gain much money by trade surplus every year, I think that they do not need the allowance of earthquake .

  7. 7
    Vavoom says:

    Actually, their government borrows money from only native people, so Japan has not any debt from foreign country

  8. 8
    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:

    Don’t forget DP-MK-1 also did a cover of HELP!. Pretty cool that Mr. Airey, now Purple’s Keyboard extraordinare and most likely in the final MK…8, is involved in this project. They should add the MK-1 version to the disk.


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