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A Weekend With Helix on The Rock

April 14th, 2011

A Weekend With Helix on The Rock

Aug 2010

Review and Photos by Celtic Bob

It was an early Thursday morning rise and an weekend of music and good times would begin shortly. After the final shift of work for the week I grab a quick shower and with my partner in crime hit the highway. After a four hour journey a night’s rest was in order for what was about to happen over the next few days.
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New Helix video for “When the Bitters Got the Better of You”

March 8th, 2011

Check out our new video for “When the Bitter’s Got the Better of You” from the Vagabond Bones CD.  Brent put this together over the past month.  We’re shooting for 20,000 hits on Youtube.  Help us reach our goal!  Please pass the link along to all your friends if you are a Helix fan.


Helix are in Woostock, Ontario this week and now have bookings into September.  Be there or be square!

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HELIX Sign with EMI

November 15th, 2010


This week we returned to the E.M.I. fold by signing a licensing deal with Canada E.M.I. for “Smash Hits Unplugged”. E.M.I. won’t be releasing the CD until January, but in the meantime I’m allowed to sell the units I have at live gigs, on Ebay, and through Planet Helix. Last night at Molly Blooms we sold 20 units and at the release party today at Planet Helix I’m sure we’ll go through a whack as well. We’ll also be releasing two songs to radio in January: That Day is Gonna Come to rock radio and Dream On to Hot AC. For any of you that pick up the CD please let me know what you think the first single should be. Email me at

Last night’s show at Molly Blooms was once again sold out and the club was packed to the rafters. Thanks to all of you who made it out for the show. Also Gary Kelly for having us.

We’re in St. Catherines (Daryl’s hometown) this upcoming Thursday, November 18th at Barracuda Pretty. This is a HTZ presents and we’ll be going into the studio in the afternoon to play a couple of songs acoustically as well as going to supper with the station’s contest winner. HTZ will be giving out 20 station shirts plus 20 “Smash Hits Unplugged” to other contest winners as well. Should be a fun night. If you live in the Niagara region we hope that you can make it out to the show.


Throughout all these gigs we’ve been busy filming for the pilot for our reality show “Vagabond Bones” with Pat Portelance, Mike Valenza (sound), and Thane Silliker. I felt kinda sorry for all three of them last night at Mollys as they were getting knocked around in the crowd. Definitely guerilla filming! Mike and Pat will be coming out west with us for our three day stint at the end of the month and then in December we’ll start editing everything down. It’s a long process and we’re working on a shoestring budget, but ya gotta walk the walk if you’re gonna talk the talk. As well as the live gigs Pat has also been filming me while I go about my “daily” routine, which is about as un-routine as you can get. The other night, for instance, the Trailer Park Boys were in town at Centennial Hall and Rob Wells phoned me up and asked me not only to the show, but also to come over to their tour bus before the show to say hello. Lynda, Pat, and I showed up with Helix hoodies for all of them (Jean Paul wore his onstage when he came out at the end!) and Pat got some good stuff in the dressing room. Of all people who know about “guerilla filming” and trying to get someone to pick up the show, it’s them. It was their low budget film at the Atlantic film festival many years ago that got them their deal with Showcase and led to one of the most popular series on Canadian TV. Even though the show has now finished production, ironically it’s finally taken off in England and the U.S. Rob told me the dates they’ve just finished in England saw fans lining up 2 hours before showtime. Ditto for the States.

Pat also filmed me last week when I was interviewed at Rogers TV for a show they have about people over 55 and what their retirement plans are (if any). They’ve asked me to be their “poster boy” (which ties right in with the whole vibe of Vagabond Bones), to which a quickly accepted. They’re sending over a photographer to the house tomorrow to shoot me and I’m also going on-air in the morning to talk about my teaching and the new CD. As well, I also did an interview this week with CBC radio:

To catch my recent interview on CBC radio:
Broadcast: 10 am Saturday, CBC Radio 1
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Last week I made a comment in the Sunday Update about Dick Wendling being a “dick”. I had the usual suspects snipe at me on Facebook-Jason Jansenkovich the main one. At first I was going to write a little “expose” on why I was so upset and also about the people attackilng me, but during the week something changed my mind. It was a dinner I had with my old friend John Ball, whom I greatly admire.

John is a very successful businessman whom I’ve known for years. We had planned some weeks ago to get together for a meal. When we went out for lunch the talk turned to the psychological aspects of success and failure (John is worth several million dollars) and also our spiritual outlook on life and how that has affected it as well. John is a person who speaks no ill of anyone, although there are probably plenty of people who he’s had bad run-ins with in his life. We discussed how talking about people and running them down was just negative energy, and so, with that in mind, I decided to refrain from getting into plastering my grievances with the aforementioned individuals all over The Sunday Update. I decided to let my reputation speak for itself instead. Those that know me personally know how I conduct my affairs & life. Those that know the people cutting me up on Facebook know how they conduct their lives as well. Thanks to all of you who came to my defense on Facebook.

Having said that however, I would still like to make a comment about London radio, as a few people on Facebook were trying to insinuate that Helix not getting airplay was nothing but “sour grapes” on my part. Consider these facts:

1.Helix is from London
2.Helix is one of the few “international” acts to come out of London.
3.Helix has sold out the last four times we’ve played London.
4.We received airplay on Bruce Dickenson’s Friday Night Radio show, Dee Snider’s House of Hair, The Boneyard (Sirus Radio), and heavy rotation on KOOL FM (Kitchener), Q104 (Halifax), and The Fox (Fredericton) as well as getting airplay right across Canada on other stations like Krock in Kingston, C103 in Moncton, Free FM in Grand Prairie, HTZ FM in St. Catherines, and The Eagle in Sarnia. “Make ‘em Dance” went to Number 31 on the Active Rock Charts (the chart most Canadian radio stations follow). Even stations that didn’t add us to their playlist had us in for an interview or did phone interviews with us (especially if the gig we were playing was being advertised on that station). In the next 5 dates we’re playing before the end of November for instance, all of the stations in those markets have interviewed the band or given us airplay.
5.Our last CD “Vagabond Bones” has also gotten airplay around the world in England, The Netherlands, and France.


Our position is this: It’s London radio’s right not to play us, although we can’t figure out why they won’t even give us a chance. Can you? It’s OUR right to point out to London listeners what we consider an injustice. All we’re asking for is a chance, but it’s pretty hard for any of the London listening audience to have an opinion one way or the other on the song if they won’t even feature it. ‘Nuff said.

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HELIX Filming Reality Show; Smash Hits Unplugged Audio Samples Available

November 7th, 2010
Helix - unplugged

Helix - unplugged

HELIX mainman Brian Vollmer has issued the following update:

“Cameraman Pat Portelance has been following me around a lot lately, as we’re filming for the pilot for our reality show Vagabond Bones. I’m really excited as to where this could lead if we get a network to carry it. I know what you’re thinking-not another reality show! I really think our story is unique however. A clear distinction between us and the other shows out there is the personalities in the band. That’s always been our strongest point and one that we plan on focusing on when we film. Pat is going to spend a day with everyone at their homes to capture the ‘essence’ of what we’re all about, as well as the shows we have coming up, including our four date/three-day stint in Alberta at the end of November. We plan on getting the behind the scenes ‘stuff’ that’s involved with putting dates together. Unlike the American reality shows which focus on lavish lifestyles, ours is a blue collar story of a Canadian band traveling the vast expanses of the country. Along the way we’ll visit old haunts, interview and talk to fellow Canadian musicians, and dispense some of the wisdom that hopefully we’ve learned over the years. I said hopefully…LOL. Just the fact that we’re touring across Canada will give the show an entirely different look.”

Helix’ new acoustic album, Smash Hits Unplugged, will be released before the end of the year.

Smash Hits Unplugged tracklisting:

‘Rock You’
‘Heavy Metal Love’
‘Gimme Gimme Good Lovin’’
‘Make Me Do (Anything You Want)’
‘Wild In The Streets’/’No Rest For The Wicked’
‘Deep Cuts The Knife’
‘The Kids Are All Shakin’’
‘Dream On’
‘That Day Is Gonna Come’
‘Dream On’
‘Good To The Last Drop’

Check out audio samples of ‘Gimme Gimme Good Lovin’’, ‘The Kids Are All Shakin’’ and ‘That Day Is Gonna Come’ at
this location (player top-left).

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HELIX’s Brian Vollmer

September 16th, 2010


Vocalist Brian Vollmer

Interviewed by Celtic Bob

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June 17th, 2010

The below update comes to us from HELIX vocalist, Brian Vollmer:

“Hey Everybody:

Brent has put together (after many hours of work) a video for our new single “Monday Morning Meltdown”. Here’s it is:

The song is getting heavy airplay on KOOL FM (Kitchener) and Q104 (Halifax), as well as scattered airplay on several other stations including HTZ (St. Catherines), The Fox (Fredericton), and The “Q” in Victoria. This summer we’ll be on the road across Canada. Here are the dates so far:

June 30th: K-Rock Party Cruise/Kingston, Ontario.

July 1st: Cranky Joe’s/Sudbury, Ontario.

July 2nd: The Old Victorian Tavern/Timmins, Ontario

July 16th: Colonial Days Fair/Lloydminster, Alberta

July 17th: Rock the Yacht/Toronto Harbour

July 22nd: Hospitality Days/Bathurst, N.B. (w/Streetheart)

July 23rd: Fergus Truck Show/Fergus, Ont. (w/David Wilcox/Honeymoon Suite/Barney Bental)

July 29th: Carlyle, Sask/Bear Paw Casino (w/Nazareth)

July 30th: Rockin’ The Fields of Minnedosa/Minnedosa, Manitoba (w/The Mudmen/Bif Naked/Glass Tiger/The Northern Pikes)

August 6th: The Rockhouse, St. John’s, Nfld.

August 7th: The Mussel Bed Soiree/Lewisporte, Nfld

Aug. 22nd: Ottawa Civic Fair/Ottawa, Ont.




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HELIX Rocks “The Rock”

October 11th, 2009



Rocks "The Rock"

Aug 6th, 2009

Lewisporte, NL

Review by Celtic Bob and Lady M

Photos by Celtic Bob


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Nail and sHEAVY Live in St. John’s

July 20th, 2008


With special guests sHEAVY

Club One, ST. John’s, NL
July 12, 2008
Review by EvilG (normal font) and Rick (italics)
Pics by Celtic Bob, Video footage by D. Pope

Nail show poster

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HELIX – CD Launch Party

September 9th, 2007


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CD Release Party For


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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NAIL – Rainer and Cindy

March 22nd, 2007

Rainer and Cindy Weichmann
March 21, 2007

Rainer and Cindy give Metal-Rules the exclusive 1st interview about their upcoming project NAIL. To some their name may not be be familiar yet but it will be. Back in the 80’s they were the most famous Metal indie band in NL, Canada (KAOS). Since then they both played with Canadian Metal legends HELIX. Now they have a new project and a fresh outlook and sound that is slightly familiar to the KAOS fans.


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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

Brian Vollmer of

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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Daryl Gray (Scurvy Dogz/ Ex-Helix)

July 11th, 2006

Daryl Gray
July 11th, 2006

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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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Brent Doerner

October 22nd, 2005

This is an interview done with former Helix guitar player Brent Doerner. It was done in September of 2004

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