Q&A With A Canadian Metal Pioneer
DB: You have one of Canadian rock’s most distinct voices. What singers in particular did you admire growing up?
DB: What would you have ended up doing had you not gotten into music?
DB: What was your first paid gig, you personally?
DB: I like to bash the Toronto Maple Leafs in these q&a sessions, but I just bet you’re a Leaf Lover and I’m in a good mood. And since they are headed to the post season for a change, I’ll let you use this space to make your fearless predictions about how Toronto will trounce the opposition on their way to their first cup of the century ….. Your thoughts?
DB: You’ve done the big outdoor arenas, the small bars and everything in between … what are some of the advantages of each?
DB: After so much success here and abroad, how do you keep your shows fresh and not monotonous … almost like a job?
DB: What has been your most satisfying accomplishment as a musician to date?
DB: What, if any, are the differences between playing to crowds in different parts of the country?
DB: What were the names of the original two puppet friends on Mr. Dress Up?
(Brian left this blank … he either doesn’t know and is afraid of his Canadiana status being revoked, or doesn’t care and is wondering how he got talked into this … but the correct answer is Casey and Finnegan)
DB: What are the advantages and disadvantages between artists today and when Helix was making a name for itself with independant releases?
DB: What improvements in your opinion could be made at the governement levels to ensure better support of the homegrown arts community?
DB: This very rich Toronto computer mogul’s wife buys a million dollar dress, laid out with gold hooter-holders and diamond nipples …. is it just me or is that very “un-Canadian”?
(Again Brian chose not to answer. And it’s not that I have anything against gold-plated hooter holders per-say, but … come on woman – get a grip. At least use cubic zirconias for the nipples and make some sort of charitable contribution on the side … personal opinion …)
DB: How do you feel about Canadian radio’s treatment of homegrown talent, considering Helix has enjoyed more commercial success than most other heavy acts?
DB: What part of the world would you like to tour that you haven’t played yet?
DB: What was going through your mind when Canada played the Czechs in the Olympics, but didn’t use Gretzky in the shootout?
DB: Do you have a personal favourite Helix album, one that you’re fond of more than the others, and if so, why that one?
DB: What should be done to the person that invented the glowing hockey puck?