Friday, July 23, 2010

Some ‘heavy metal love’ at the Fergus Truck Show

Here’s a quick heads up for the rockers out there, and I know you’re out there.

If you can get to the Fergus Truck Show on Friday evening, July 23, make sure to stop by the main stage and show Helix some love.

The platinum-selling artists are doing what they do best, this time sporting a reunited lineup straight out of the ’80s. But the best thing about Helix is, they’re riding high on new material, and it’s good. Check out for a sample.

What are these guys doing playing at the Fergus Truck Show? Well, vocalist Brian Vollmer and recently reunited band members Brent Doerner, Daryl Gray and Fritz Hinz are just plain excited about it.

“Helix couldn’t be the more perfect band to play a truck show. In our 36 years on the road, we’ve probably driven as many miles as guys with rigs, having toured all across Canada, the U.S., and Europe,” he said in an e-mail. “If anyone can identify with the life of a trucker, it’s the guys in this band!”

Thirty-six years of history speak for themselves. There’s bound to be some retro hits thrown in for good measure. My favorites back in the day were “Heavy Metal Love” and “Rock You.”

Brian is a showman and a businessman and a pretty nice guy, too. Although we’re a few years apart in age, we hail from the same small Ontario town. He’s one of those guys who has been to the bottom, the top and everywhere in between, but has never forgotten how to treat people.

In fact, Brian has been giving back to the music community for years by teaching the Bel Cantro vocal technique – a singing technique that once saved his own ravaged vocal chords from the brink.

From the sounds of the newest stuff, he’s putting it all to good use.

Get out there and see these legends of Canadian rock. They’re kicking off the live entertainment at 7 p.m., Friday, followed by some other big names: David Wilcox, Barney Bentall and Honeymoon Suite.

While you’re there, take a gander at world-class show trucks and events happening throughout the weekend. Check out for more.

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