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HELIX FRONTMAN BRIAN VOLLMER – “I REFUSE TO GO AWAY”

October 7th, 2017

Helix frontman Brian Vollmer has checked in with the following update on his new solo album, Get Yer Hands Dirty:

“The marketing plan on this disc is quite simple-just keep sending it out to as many people as possible. If you believe in the music the logic is that someone else will too.

One of the biggest challenges for older artists such as myself is that it’s very difficult to get exposure on your new music. You would think that the logical place to go would be Classic Rock Radio, but very few classic rock stations in Canada will play NEW music by CLASSIC ROCK/METAL artists. So that means taking the music directly to the fans by YouTube, Facebook, and all the other media sites.

I’m 62 now and still putting out new music. Are my fans who grew up with me still buying new music? I hope so, ‘cos it keeps artists like Yours Truly alive. Literally.

Many of my friends that are my age haven’t bought a new CD in years. THAT’S A SHAME and the reason you don’t hear NEW music by classic rock bands ie: Honeymoon Suite, Lee Aaron, and many others on the air waves. They are still putting out music but getting ZERO airplay. This is partially because of an apathy of older audiences in supporting these older artists they grew up with. I got to admit, there are a lot of rock fans (and my friends) who haven’t bought a new rock album since 1989. When did you buy YOUR last CD by a classic rock artist? Be honest!

So classic rock stations are just a reflection of what they think their audiences want to hear. Some classic rock stations WON’T EVEN CONSIDER A NEW SONGS BY A CLASSIC ROCK ARTIST because their “consultants” have told them it’s not in the station’s best interest. Translation: Go away and don’t bother us, you old f**k!

But I refuse to go away. I ain’t gettin’ rich as they say, but I’m getting by. I wanted to throw this out there (the above commentary) to get you all thinking of just how important it is to artists like myself when you take that little extra time to share a vid or go online and buy one of our new releases. It makes a big difference.

So far the response has been great. Over the next couple of months I’m going to keep releasing each song one@time. Please share the link to these tunes and spread the word. For those of you who have already shared a video or purchased the album, my sincerest THANKS!”

Vollmer is streaming the new single, “Get Yer Hands Dirty”, featuring Danko Jones. Says Brian: “So here it is ladies and gentlemen! The first Vollmer single ‘Get Yer Hands Dirty’ with special guest Danko Jones. You can purchase an advance CD or vinyl through our website at planethelix.com under Merch.”

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HELIX – vocalist Brian Vollmer

December 21st, 2011

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BRIAN VOLLMER

INTERVIEW AND LIVE PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

Helix are a Canadian hard rock/heavy metal band formed in Ontario in 1974. The band are best known for their early 80’s albums NO REST FOR THE WICKED, WALKIN’ THE RAZOR’S EDGE and LONG WAY TO HEAVEN which was a chart topping album in Sweden in 1985. Their most known lineup was the 80s version of the band: Vollmer on vocals, accompanied by guitarists Brent Doerner and Paul Hackman, bassist Daryl Gray, and drummer Greg “Fritz” Hinz. The history of the band has been marked by many lineup changes, with Vollmer being the sole constant member and only remaining member of the original lineup. Although guitarist Paul Hackman was tragically killed in a tour van accident in 1992, the surviving members of the 80’s lineup reunited in 2009 for the album VAGABOND BONES. The line-up is now completed by young guitarist Kaleb Duck and the band released its latest EP SKIN IN THE GAME in the fall of 2011. In October 2011 Helix finally returned to Finland after a near 26 year absence and played a show at the Legends of Rock festival in Oulu. There we had the honor to sit down with Mr. Vollmer himself and hear some of the latest news as well as some blasts from the past… Read on!

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Legends Of Rock II festival featuring TNT, Helix, Treat

November 2nd, 2011

LEGENDS OF ROCK II

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8’TH OF OCTOBER 2011

CLUB TEATRIA, OULU

REVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

The Legends of Rock festival was now organized for the second time in Oulu, Finland. The festivals organizers believe strongly in the name of 80’s hard rock and metal and this year’s edition of the festival included a string of interesting bands which haven’t been performing in Finland for ages…if ever. Canadian band Helix was headlining the event. It’s been 26 years since their last visit so it was finally about time to see them again here. Although Norwegian TNT and Swedish Treat are located in our neighbor countries, still, neither of them played in Finland until now. Originally it was announced that German band Bonfire was also on the bill but for some reason or another they cancelled and were now replaced by local act called Ghost Machinery. It must have a little disappointment for the organizers that only approximately 300 people breezed in for the evening. Perhaps it was such a high ticket price or an oversupply of concerts in Finland, but still I was waiting for more people to show up.  Anyway, there were no cancellations and all the bands were performing as announced. It was time to check out the today’s condition of the 80’s veterans…

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HELIX’s Brian Vollmer

September 16th, 2010

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Vocalist Brian Vollmer

Interviewed by Celtic Bob


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HELIX Rocks “The Rock”

October 11th, 2009

 

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Rocks "The Rock"

Aug 6th, 2009

Lewisporte, NL

Review by Celtic Bob and Lady M

Photos by Celtic Bob

 


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HELIX – CD Launch Party

September 9th, 2007

 

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CD Release Party For
THE POWER OF ROCK AND ROLL

 

Another milestone in Helix history; the launch of the latest album. This disc finds Brian and company back on E.M.I. here in Canada who released their 80’s output. What better way to release the new record than with a Sold Out show in their hometown of London, Ontario?

 

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Helix / Trailer Park Boys Live In Vancouver: January 22, 2007

March 9th, 2007

Out of The Park Tour Feat. Helix, Swollen Members & The Trailer Park Boys
Monday, January 22, 2007
The Commodore Ballroom
Vancouver, BC  Canada

***Live Review and All Photos By Lord of The Wasteland


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HELIX – Brian Vollmer

October 26th, 2006

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Interviewed By Celtic Bob

Brian Vollmer of the Canadian Rock and Roll band HELIX takes a few moments to discuss his new album, the future and everything and anything in the world of Planet Helix.

 

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HELIX – Brian Vollmer

March 15th, 2006

 
HELIX Vocalist Brian Vollmer
Interviewed By Celtic Bob

Brian Vollmer of HELIX check’s in with Metal-Rules to give us an update on current projects and what’s going on inside Planet Helix.
 

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