2010 sees the release of Helix’s 14th studio CD entitled “Vagabond Bones” featuring the re-united original 80’s line-up of Greg “Fritz” Hinz, Brent “The Doctor” Doerner, Daryl Gray, and Brian Vollmer, along with newcomer shredder Kaleb Duck. The CD contains nine previously unreleased studio tracks, one of which features a duet between Brian and Russ Graham of The Killer Dwarfs on the song “Hung Over But Still Hanging In.” Most of the songs were co-writes between Brian and Sean Kelly, who now plays guitar for Nelly Furtado. On four of the tracks, Moe Berg of Pursuit of Happiness was also a co-writer.
In September Brian had his first movie role, albeit a small bit part, in the new Trailer Park Boy’s movie “Countdown to Liquor Day.” The movie’s premiere took place in Halifax on the first day of the Atlantic Film Festival. For the event Brian and his wife Lynda, Brent (The Doctor) and Kaleb all flew out for the show, and afterwards got up and performed with the award winning Arkells at the Halifax Metro Center for 1,500 fans.
Exciting things like that have been happening throughout Helix’s thirty-five year career. And what a career it’s been! The band, formed in 1974 in Kitchener, Ontario, has sold over 2,000,000 albums, had four gold and 2 platinum albums, has had a Number One record in the country of Sweden, has toured 19 countries, 3 continents, and played with over 150 of the greatest rock and roll recording acts in the world. A list of acts the band has played with over the years sounds like a who’s-who of rock & roll: Motorhead, KISS, Motley Crue, Accept, Girlschool, Heart, Whitesnake, The Scorpions,Megadeath, Mercyful Fate,Quiot Riot,Meatloaf, Ronnie James Dio, and over 100 more! As well, the band has released many videos over the years, mostly while they were either signed to, or licensed to E.M.I./Capitol. The have also had many songs on TV shows and movies:
Today Helix continues to play in excess of fifty shows a year. In 2009 they played Rocklahoma outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma with Great White, Twisted Sister, and many more famous 80’s acts to rave reviews. The band is already booked for festivals up to August 2010.