Canadian hard rock veterans HELIX will close this year's London Music Awards on Wednesday, June 10 at 7 p.m. at the London Music Hall. Tickets are available at the Grand Theatre box office, by phone at 1-800-265-1593 and online at GrandTheatre.com.
On Friday, September 11, HELIX will play a benefit concert for the S.P.C.A. (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) in Strathroy, Ontario. MOONDOG UPROAR, a great up-and-coming London band, will open the show. Prior to that, HELIX will have an auction of various items that are being donated. Some items include a drum skin signed by RUSH, two t-shirts signed by the "Trailer Park Boys", memorabilia from the London Knights, and several HELIX scrapbooks containing everything from write-ups to proofs from early photo sessions going back to the late '70s.
HELIX 2009 is:
Brian Vollmer - Vocals
Brent Doerner - Guitar
Sean Kelly - Bass
Rob MacEachern - Drums
Jim Lawson - Guitar
AOR Heaven recently announced that it has secured the licensing rights to the as-yet-untitled new studio album from HELIX for the European territory.
HELIX has been active in the past several years with several releases. The band's most recent collection of original material, "The Power of Rock and Roll", came out in 2007. Their latest CD, "A Heavy Mental Christmas", was made available in all Canadian Wal-Mart stores this past November and received airplay worldwide. The CD also received great reviews from the critics.
"We expect this CD to be a continuation of those two CDs", says producer/co-writer Gord Prior. "The knowledge we gained from working on those two discs is going to make this one a much more cohesive effort, even though we thought those two discs were some of the best ever released by the band. We already have the material written — it's a matter now of tightening up the loose ends and going into the studio and recording it."
HELIX expects to have the CD finished by fall of this year. Also included on the LP will be a cover of the AC/DC classic "It's a Long Way To The Top If You Wanna Rock And Roll" featuring the "No Rest For The Wicked"-era (1983) lineup of HELIX — Brian Vollmer on vocals, Brent Doerner on guitar, Mike Uzilac on bass, and Greg "Fritz" Hinz on drums. The track, which will also appear on an AC/DC tribute CD being released through Perris Records, was engineered by Aaron McMurray and features a guest appearance by THE MUDMEN and Steve Georgakopoulos, who played on the last two HELIX CDs.