August 09, 2015

SUMMER 2015
It's been a long time since I've put up a Sunday Update. The reason for this is that Facebook is much more immediate; sometimes by the time I post things on the Sunday Update things are old news....Kinda like reading yesterday's news.

Having said that however, I realize a lot of you aren't on Facebook or maybe don't receive our posts. There is a limit of something like 4,500 "friends" you are allowed to have and I've been at quota for a long time. I tried to figure out how to get around that, but the bottom line is that Facebook makes it's money in a large part by having Facebook users pay for "shares". I don't do that, mostly because I can't afford it. LOL.

There's been lots happening over the past year with us and lots coming up in the next couple of weeks, this coming fall, and right into the spring. Here's a look at some of what I'm talking about:

NEW DATES:
Next Friday (AUGUST 14TH) we'll be in Thunder Bay, Ontario at The Rockhouse, 201 S Syndicate Avenue, Thunder Bay. It's been quite a while since we've been in the city and there should be a good turnout. Over the years we've played The Landmark, the Inntowner, The Auditorium, and Lakehead University. I know there have been other places as well. I have many relatives there-mostly Costas-and I try to go fishing outside the city at Mark Lake at least once a year. Great pickerel and perch fishing. We throw the Northern Pike and Black Bass back. That's when you KNOW you have great fishing.
The next day we'll be in Winnipeg at FALL JAM.

AUGUST 22ND
WEIR ROCKIN''
Weir Baseball Field,
2476 Hwy 1,
Upper Sackville, NS

AUGUST 29TH
WOOF STOCK
VIVIAN LAKE RESORT/W Twisted Sister!
10465 vivian Lake Road
Prince George, B.C.

FEBRUARY 22ND/2016
MONSTERS OF ROCK BOAT CRUSE
FROM MIAMI TO THE BAHAMAS AND BACK!
http://monstersofrockcruise.com/
We've done this cruise twice before and it's a blast! Here's the line-up for Monsters of Rock Cruise - East Coast 2016:

FALL JAM
Jay & Jackie Wetlaufer
• Extreme
• Queensrÿche
• Tesla
• Steve Vai
• Helloween
• D-A-D
• Y & T
• Anvil
• Gotthard
• Metal Church
• Kingdom Come
• Vixen
• Doro
• Lynch Mob
• Helix
• Dangerous Toys
• Saigon Kick
• Armored Saint
• Vinnie Moore
• Michael Angelo Batio
• Tyketto
• Jeff Scott Soto
• Lillian Axe
• Uli Jon Roth
• Killer Dwarfs
• Dio Disciples
• Gus G
• Soto
• Hellion
• Joel Hoekstra
• Akira Takasaki
• Madam X (US)
KALEB TO BE A DAD!
Helix guitarist Kaleb Duck and his girlfriend Jesse are expecting their first child sometime this month. Replacing Kaleb for the month of August will be ex-Sass Jordan guitarist Gary Borden. Gary also played for Helix during the 90's. He's an excellent guitarist and vocalist.

GOOD FRIEND AND LONGTIME HELIX SUPPORTER PASSES AWAY
In June one of my longest and best friends Jay Wetlaufer passed away from stomach cancer. I miss the guy every day and think about him often. What else can I say?

THE VOLLMERS
Reaction to my new internet reality show has been very positive and I've been doing several interviews concerning the show, what it's about, what it's purpose is, etc. Essentially it's the crazy life Lynda and I lead here at Planet Helix and all the people that fill our daily lives. Here's Episode #2: Lynda and Brian Go To Florida Part 1:
https://youtu.be/j7czvV9BT2A

GEIR COMES FOR A VISIT
Last fall we toured Europe with the Norwegian band HUMBUCKER. The drummer of the band, Geir Arne came for a visit with his girlfriend Anna for a week and we had the time of our lives traveling around southern Ontario and visiting all the guys at their homes. During that time Geir and I cemented our relationship. I think we're going to be friends for a long, long time...