David Freeman of Fort Frances Times is reporting that "a heavy metal/rock and roll resurgence has gripped the [North American] continent over the last few years — either out of nostalgia or the fact there is less quality music to be found out there.
"Of course, all those 'youth gone wild' who were fans in the '70s and '80s are now rich enough that they can afford to buy the music they banged to a couple decades ago. And by doing so, they can cling to their youthful memories.
"For one Canadian retro rock group, this can only mean that after nearly 30 years in the business, this year will be one of their better ones.
"Brian Vollmer, lead singer and founding member of HELIX, is thrilled with the resurgence of the genre and the newfound interest in their group.
" 'This type of music is making a big resurgence,' he said. 'I think it's going to get bigger next year.'
"This weekend alone, the veteran rock group has three shows on back-to-back nights, though that has as much to do with the costs of travelling these days — therefore booking as many shows as possible — as it does with the popularity of the genre, he admitted.
"One of those shows is at the Rainy Lake Hotel here Friday night.
" 'It's come back, '70s and '80s music,' said Larry Syrovy of the Rainy Lake Hotel. 'It will probably draw a crowd that was in their teens in the late '70s and '80s.' " Read more.