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Teenage Head was formed in 1975 when the band members were students at Westdale High School in Hamilton. By May 1978, they released their first single “Picture My Face” on Epic Records, and their self-titled debut, Teenage Head, followed a year later.
The band’s performance at the The Last Pogo concert on December 1, 1978 at The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ended in a riot and was shut down by the police. The concert was made into a short film by Colin Brunton, The Last Pogo. In 2006, Brunton began a feature-length documentary film about the concert, including additional interviews and footage of Teenage Head.
1980’s Frantic City was the band’s breakthrough album, making them stars across Canada with the hit singles “Let’s Shake” and “Somethin’ On My Mind”. They toured to support that album, including opening the major Heatwave festival in August. In June 1980 their performance at Toronto’s Ontario Place sparked a riot. The incident made headlines across the country, and led Ontario Place to ban rock concerts for several years afterward.
On October 15, 2008, Gord Lewis announced that Frankie Venom had died following a battle with throat cancer.
The remaining members of the bands continued to perform after Venom’s death playing a tribute show for him, and performing at the 2008 Hamilton Music Awards.
In 2011, longtime fan and owner of MacAuley’s Music in Cambridge Pete MacAulay joined the band as the new singer, to “take Frankie’s space, not his place”.
Helix is a Canadian hard rock/heavy metal band. They formed in 1974, and are best known for their 1984 single “Rock You.” The original lineup was formed by drummer Bruce Arnold, and consisted of lead vocalist Brian Vollmer, guitarists Ron Watson and Rick “Minstrel” Trembley, keyboardist Don Simmons, and bassist Keith “Bert” Zurbrigg. Their most well known lineup, however, and the one that recorded “Rock You”, was the 80s version of the band: Vollmer on vocals, accompanied by guitarists Brent “The Doctor” Doerner and Paul Hackman, bassist Daryl Gray, and drummer Greg “Fritz” Hinz. The history of the band has been marked by many lineup changes, with Vollmer being the sole constant member and only remaining member of the original lineup. Although guitarist Paul Hackman was killed in a tour bus accident in 1992, the surviving members of the 80s lineup reunited in 2009 for an album and continue to tour.
The latest member to join the band is Cambridge guitarist Chris Julke.
Helix have toured with bands such as Kiss, Aerosmith, Rush, Mötley Crüe, Alice Cooper, Whitesnake, Night Ranger, Heart, Quiet Riot, W.A.S.P., Ian Gillan, and Motörhead among others.
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