Dec. 20th/1980 First Helix “concert” Our first big gig on a concert stage was at The Kitchener Auditorium, opening up
1977 Brian Vollmer/Long John Baldry Taken at a gig we “almost” played in Oakville one Saturday afternoon. We had been
Ken Heague: When the band first formed in 1974 Ken Heague was there. Ken was the artistic friend of Bruce
Helix manager William Seip No one was more influential to Helix’s career than William Seip, or “Sipey” (pronounced “Sipe-ee”) Helix
2007 ROCKNATION FEATURING HELIX Issue 5, Sept-Oct 2007 featuring exclusive interviews with HELIX.
2009: VAGABOND BONES Vagabond Bones would be a pivotal album for Helix as it developed the writing relationship between Brian
2009 Helix line-up short-lived Here’s a line-up of the band which was short lived, but each member has a Helix
2009: Ron Kingyens/Brian Vollmer Ron Kingyens was the guy who was instrumental in helping to not only keep the band
2009 HELIX AT ROCKLAHOMA Here are some shots from 2009 when Helix played ROCKLAHOMA. The reformed band was just starting
2009: Greg “Fritz” Hinz exposed as Soviet spy! Taken one New Year’s Eve at Planet Helix when we had a
Aug. 2009: IN NEWFIE W/HELIX FAN ROB BURSEY/HIS COUSIN/BRIAN VOLLMER We have a huge Helix fan from Newfoundland named Rob
2009 Edleweiss Pics, Kitchener, Ontario. Kaleb had just joined the band at this point. It was his second gig
2010: Video shoot for Make ’em Dance In 2010 we filmed the videos for Make ’em Dance and Monday Morning
2010: Daryl Gray/Fritz Hinz at The Q Restaurant This was taken in Halifax in September 2010 when we played
1976: Bryan Adams/Brian Vollmer Taken at Hanover High School. Bryan Adams had just replaced Nick Gilders in Sweeney Todd, who
1978 Brian Vollmer/Long John Baldry Taken in Oakville just before a major thunderstorm hit, ending the concert. We had
Helix 1975 Photo taken by Tom Heague outside of Bluevale High School in Kitchener. From left to right: Brian Vollmer/lead
Brian Vollmer at The Palladium, London, England
Jogging in Swindon, England
2009: Brian Vollmer at Albert Hall, London, England On Lynda and my last trip to England we stayed just off
2006: On set with Jean Paul Trembley/Brian Vollmer This picture was taken in the bus after their show at Centennial
2006: On set with Jean Paul Trembley/Brian Vollmer When Archie first brought it to my attention that this new show
2005: Brian/Lynda/Harmony Vollmer Christmas shot Here’s another Christmas shot Lynda and I took years ago when “Harmony”, our first Shelty
2010: ROCK THE YACHT POSTER We played the day before in Lyodminster, Alberta with The Stampeders, drove overnite back to
2005: David Coverdale/Brian Vollmer This was taken backstage at (what was at that time) The JLC or John Labatt’s Center
2005 Darby Mills/Brian Vollmer Can’t remember exactly the where and when on this picture so I’m trying to date it
2008: Danny Hynes/Lynda & Brian Vollmer This picture was taken at Danny & Malin Hyne’s apartment in Stockholm, Sweden. Helix
Helix Backyard Barbecue This picture was taken at one of our many backyard parties we’ve had over the years at
1977: Helix in Northern Ontario. This is one of my all time favorite pictures I have of the band over
1976: Paul Hackman/Brent Doerner/Keith Zurbrigg This picture was taken at the Coronet Motor Hotel, located at the time on Victoria
1987: Paul Hackman/Matt Fredette/Daryl Gray/Brent Doerner/Brian Vollmer Taken during the recording of Wild in the Streets at Phase 1 Studios
1974: Rick Trembley/Original Helix guitarist This is the only picture I have of Rick Trembley or “Minstrel” as we called
1983: Greg “Fritz” Hinz/ Mattius Jabs/Paul Hackman This was taken somewhere in Europe 1983 while opening for KISS on their
1985: Udo Dirkschneider/Greg “Fritz” Hinz Taken on our U.S. tour in 1985 with Accept. Keel opened the show. Nice shorts
2009 Chisasibi, Quebec: Visiting the “Dam Fool Dam” This had to be one of the strangest, most memorable gigs we’ve ever
200? Brian Vollmer with Ti-cat cheerleaders Taken at Iverwyn Stadium in Hamilton when I sang the national anthem for the
Brian Vollmer/Gerry McGee This picture is of myself and my friend Gerry McGee, the lead singer of Brighton Rock. I’d
2009 Brian Vollmer Picture taken in front room at Planet Helix.
2005: Lynda/Harmony/Brian Vollmer Christmas card
1983: On the set of MTV New York with original VJ J.J. Jackson: Brian Vollmer/J.J. Jackson/Paul Hackman Paul and I
1976: Brian Vollmer’s first stage costume Here was my first stage costume that we used to call my “wing suit”.
2005: Brian Vollmer/Rainer Weichman Rainer played guitar for Helix for a couple of years and his wife Cindy sang/played acoustic
2012: Brian Vollmer/Sean Kelly/Nelly Furtado My writing partner and friend Sean Kelly (guitar player extraordinaire) plays for variety of bands-everyone
2008: Cathy Griffin/Brian Vollmer: In 2008 we flew down to play Oklahoma. On the way back we ran into Cathy
January 2012 trip to the Southern U.S. Lynda and I usually go on package deal holidays to the Caribbean unless
2009: Brian & Lynda Vollmer/Christmastime
One of my proudest accomplishments is when I see my vocal students become successful, as in the case of Tim
2006: Alice Cooper/Helix One of the highlites of our career was touring with one of my heroes: Alice Cooper. I
2000: Bill Henderson, David Clayton Thomas, Brian Vollmer Taken while filming the show “Cover Me Canada”.
2008: Aaron Murray at Pocket Studios/Toronto Aaron Murray has been our producer since the Heavy Mental Christmas CD. Other CDs
1981 Helix promo shot: This picture also appeared on the back cover of the White Lace & Black Leather album.
Taken around 2009 in Oulu, Finland.
Planet Helix: The home of Brian & Lynda Vollmer where the band is run out of.
Lee Aaron/Brian Vollmer: This was taken at Grizzfest, around 2010.
2014 Poster for Helix European tour
2014: Poster for Helix European tour
2015 With Trooper This was taken with Trooper when we played nearby in Spanish, Ontario. We have a long history
2015 With Danko Jones at Call the Office, London, On. A good friend of mine is the incredible talent Danko
2016: Q&A w/Helix on Monsters of Rock Boat Cruise
2016/Feb: Brian Vollmer@Monsters of Rock Boat Cruise
2016: Brian & Lynda Vollmer at Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. Taken on the Monsters of Rock Boat Cruise.
2016: Brian Vollmer/KILLER DWARFS. Taken on the Monsters of Rock Boat Cruise.
2016: Brian Vollmer with VIXON. Taken on the Monsters of Rock Boat Cruise
2016: Helix on Monsters of Rock Boat Cruise
2016: Tesla/Helix Taken on the Monsters of Rock Boat Cruise
2016 Eddie Trunk/Brian Vollmer: taken on the Monsters of Rock Boat Cruise
2016: Paula & Tom Mathers/Brian Vollmer This picture was taken on a fishing excursion at Fort Myers Beach with Paula
Feb. 2016: Lynda Vollmer w/DJ Dwill Picture taken on the Monsters of Rock boat cruise
Nov. 17th/2016: Steve Earle/Brian Vollmer This is a picture from the Light of Day Concert to raise money for Parkinson’s
Oct. 15th/2016: Christopher Julke at the Century Casino, Edmonton, Alberta.
June 30th/2016 Brian Vollmer/Mitch Lafon Mitch Lafon is a writer for Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. He was also the
Dec. 10th/2016: Rocklassiker Live with The Hooters
Dec. 10th/2016: Daryl Gray/Rocklassiker Live
Dec. 10th/2016: Chris Julke/Rocklassiker Live
Dec.10th/2016: The Darkness/Brian Vollmer Taken backstage at Rocklassiker Live.
Dec. 10th/2016: With Mikkie Dee at Rocklassiker Live in Stockholm backstage.
ec. 12th/2016: Midnight crawl in downtown Reykjavik, Iceland: After a hugely successful gig at Rocklassiker Live in Reykjavik, Iceland we
Dec. 12th/2016: Brian Vollmer/Christopher Julke in Reykjavik, Iceland: This is a fun night I’ll never forget. After playing Rocklassiker Live
Dec. 12th/2016: Daryl Gray in Reykjavik, Iceland: We got into this Icelantic city about 1A.M. and decided to go for
2016, Dec. 12th: Daryl Grey at Hallgrímskirkja Church in Reykjavik, Iceland. We stayed for a day of sight-seeing in Iceland
2016: On the way back from playing Rocklasiker Live in Stockholm on Dec. 10th/2016 we stopped for a day in
After playing Rocklassiker Live in Stockholm on December 10th/2016 we stopped in Reykjavik, Iceland on the way back to Canada.
2016 With KICKAXE at Dakota Dunes Casino/Saskatoon From left to right: Larry Gilstrom/guitar, Brian Vollmer, Brian Gillstrom/drums, Victor Langen/bass
Brian Vollmer/Tara Spencer Nairn from Corner Gas
2008: Singing with the London symphony orchestra for Jeans & Classics
Taken when I sang for two nights with the London symphony orchestra for “Jeans & Classics”. One of the songs
2008: Rob Reiner/drums of Anvil and Brent Doerner/guitar for Helix have an at the bar conversation. Taken at Rocklahoma, 2008.
During the period between 1993 and 2008 Helix had many members, me (Brian Vollmer) being the one constant. This is
Taken just outside Thunder Bay at Kakabeka Falls. From left to right: Dan Fawcett/guitar, Jeff Fountain/bass, Archie Gamble/drums, Brian Vollmer/vocals,
Brian and Lynda do a selfie at The Venetian in Las Vegas.
Taken around 1988 in Toronto at a Capitol/E.M.I. Juno party. From left to right: Paul Hackman/guitarist for Helix, Anne Murray,
2007: Eric Singer/Brian Vollmer backstage in Barrie, Ontario. Helix was opening for Alice Cooper on that tour and Eric Singer
In 1993 Lynda and I purchased a home on Terrence Street in London, Ontario and dubbed it “Planet Helix”. For
1978: This is a poster from our first ever Canadian Maritime tour. This is where we wrote a lot of
2008: After playing a successful gig at Rocklahoma we were on our way home when we ran into Kathy Griffin
This was taken sometime in the early 2,000’s backstage at a Toronto concert I forget the name of. It’s
In 1979 Helix released it’s first independent album “Breaking Loose”. One of the songs, “You’re a Woman Now” became
William Seip (pronouced Sipe with a hard “i”) was Helix’s manager from about 1976 until 1996. (seen at left) We
I’ve been friends with Tim Henderson of Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles (BW&BK) for many years. When Lynda and
1974: Helix was formed in 1974 in Kitchener, Ontario. Shortly after, we won the “Battle of the Bands” contest at
This picture was taken sometime in the 90’s at Lulu’s Roadhouse in Kitchener. From left to right: Brian Vollmer/lead vocals,
1979: This was taken around 1978-9 on our first east coast tour, when we played in Montreal at The Maples
This picture of myself (far left), Jerry Mercer/drummer for April Wine, and Paul Hackman (far right) was taken the first
This is a funny shot taken at Mark’s Lake, Ontario, which is about 200 miles north of the American border
This was our at our first TV interview on Global News in Toronto with Bob McAdory. We had just
1976: This is an early picture of Brian Vollmer/lead vocals, Don Simmons/keyboards, Lavern Zurbrigg (brother of Keith Zurbrigg, who played
This picture was taken when we played on the Mike Bullard show, around 2002. In the picture (from left to
This is backstage at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario. Sebastian was on the bill with Guns and Roses and Danko
This mid eighties pic was of Brent Doerner/Helix guitarist with Erica Ehm of MUCH MUSIC. We were interviewed frequently back
This is the Helix line-up from around the year 2000. From 1996 until the band reformed in 2008 there were
This picture of Brent Doerner and Alvin Lee of 10 Years After was taken in 1983 at Painter’s Mill in
Dec. 20th/1980 Our first ever concert gig was at the Kitchener Auditorium opening for Max Webster. Also on the bill
I believe this was taken at the B-Sides release party 1999. On the left is Gord Prior, a longtime friend,
Taken at the B-Sides release party in downtown London around 1999. Most of the people in this picture are former
1999: This picture was taken at the B-Sides release party. From left to right: Brent Doerner/former guitarist for Helix, Mike
Archie (on left) played drums for Helix from the time Fritz left the band around 1995 until about 2005 when
This picture was taken around 2007 at Johnny B’s in Oshawa, Ontario. Bob Probert was on his way to Afghanistan
1975 The first bass player for Helix was Keith “Bert” Zurbrigg. He played a Rickenbacker bass and played while wearing
1974: This picture is from the Battle of the Bands, which is really where Helix started. Bruce Arnold had put
Helix 1988 (or about) This was taken at our practice hall on Briepthupt (sp?) Street in Kitchener. From left to
Planet Helix is “command central” as far as Helix is concerned. It’s where Lynda and I live, where I teach,
1977: Love this picture! It shows the camaraderie of the early band and was taken in front of our equipment
1983: Brent Doerner/Meatloaf/Paul Hackman: This was after our gig at the Rainbow Theatre in Denver. Meatloaf was sporting a black
Over our career we played with Nazareth many times, the first being in Lethbridge, Alberta around 1982 or 3…This is
1975: The Coronet Motor Hotel, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. This was taken in the Coronet “Crown Room” where we were playing
1974 This is one of the earliest shots I have of Helix, taken at Waterloo Park at a very early
This picture was taken at The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto after (I think) a benefit concert for Heather Brown, who
1983 Backstge in Louisville, Kentucky while on tour with HEART. Eddie and Alex Van Halen came backstage. From left to
With Styx in Halifax 1978. In front of Zapatas on Citadel Hill. They had come through the kitchen at the
This was taken in Toronto with Rudy Blair, who formally worked for 680 News in Toronto at the Entertainment Director.
This picture is from Johnny B’s in Oshawa. I’m not quite sure who the two people on the left are…the
Taken out in western Canada. Alan had either just played at the venue we were at, or was just arriving.
This is my good friend Sarah Smith, an amazing talent. This picture was taken after her record release show
Around 2013 Lynda and I decided to take a two week trip across the southern U.S., beginning and ending in
Here I am in the back yard of Planet Helix with my old friends The Mudmen. This was probably taken
Here I am with Jerry Doucette out in western Canada somewhere. Helix has played with Jerry Doucette many times over
This photo was taken backstage at Rock The Fort in Thunder Bay, Ontario around 2007. We had played previously
This is an early promo shot of the band (around 1978-9) taken by photographer Mark Burnham. It was done
Ken Heague was our soundman/lightman from our inception in 1974 until around 1990. Back when we started we were
Very early in my career (1976) I developed nodes on my vocal cords due to the grueling nature of playing
Shortly after forming as a band in 1974 DRAM booking agency enlisted Helix to be the band for the famous
This photo was taken sometime during the 90’s at Lulus Roadhouse in Kitchener. We had all gone to see “the
This is a studio shot by Victor Assiz of London, Ontario, who has been the band’s photographer for many years
We played several tours with Motorhead, the first being in 1983 in the U.S., shortly after being signed by Capitol/E.M.I. Our
This was around 1987 at a Capitol Records Juno party in Toronto. In the photo is Helix guitarist Brent
Ad for Helix engagement at Massey Hall on Long Way to Heaven tour.
1985: This is the ad for our show at London Gardens, presented by CKSL.
1981: Back cover shot of Helix from the White Lace & Black Leather album/H&S Records. From left to right:
1984: This particular picture was taken at a Kitchener photo shoot the day after finishing up the filming of the
1984: This was the poster for the “Christmas Metal Meeting” tour of Europe featuring Talon, Mercyful Fate with King Diamond,