1993 - Disheartened

Almost as if an omen, this was the year that the Gasworks in Toronto, Canada closed its doors.

The club, which had been made famous in the Mike Meyer's movie "Wayne's World", was where most heavy rock and metal acts earned their stripes over the years. It was the club we played for many years before being signed, and the club where Capitol finally came to see us showcase and decided they were going to sign the band. Goddo, The Killer Dwarfs, Lee Aaron, Sebastian Bach, Moxy and Rush all played there at one time or another.

I was invited by Sebastian Bach and Goddo to attend and get up and sing, which I did. Other famous rock clubs were dying through this time period as well. Other clubs such as Heaven and the El Macombo (where both the Rolling Stones and April Wine recorded live albums) closed, just to mention a couple. The line, "video killed the radio star" was becoming oh so true. This was the beginning of the decline in live music, especially rock which, in my opinion, clubs have never recovered from.

Greg Godovitz of Goddo & Brian Vollmer on stage during the closing of the gasworks.
When Paul died, there was nothing written for the new album. On the other hand, my solo project was pretty much complete. After several talks with my manager, Bill Seip, we agreed to release my solo project as a Helix album, a decision I would deeply regret in years to come.

We changed labels for this album jumping to Aquarius in Canada, a label closely associated with Capitol records. The first single was a song called "That Day is Gonna Come" which went Top 40. The idea for the song came many years before when Paul and I were sitting in the dressing room of a club in Tonawanda, N.Y. looking at old band posters. The posters were out of date and the clothes too. I remember commenting, "I wonder what happens to all these guys, do they fade away into straight jobs or what?" The video was a collage of all my Super 8 footage that I had saved since the beginning of the band. It was a very special video for me and brought back a lot of memories, but Much Music wouldn't play it. The second single was "Tug 'O War" and also went Top 40 in Canada as did the third single "Look Me Straight in the Heart". This was the song in which I performed a duet with Lee Aaron. We had asked her and her management up front if Lee was willing to do a video for the song with me when and if we released it as a single and they had agreed. We had received a Factor grant from the government and had a film company lined up, but when it came down to the crunch Lee backed out and we lost the video grant. I thought she was my friend, but I guess when it came right down to it she was only looking out for herself.

In retrospect, the "Business Doing Pleasure" album was a huge mistake on my part, and I take full credit for the blunder. The really sad thing about it all was that I was really proud of all those songs on the album and they were wasted because they did not fit under the Helix name. I was thoroughly disheartened after this album and very tired. We had struggled in the business for over 20 years and it seemed like no one gave a shit. In my mind, I planned to ride out the final live dates and pack it in...

It was during this time that we acquired Greg Fraser from the band Brighton Rock and on the other side of the stage we used several different guitarists like Mark Chichken, Gary Borden and Rick Mead of the band Syre.