HEADSTONES Frontman Hugh Dillon On Comeback Album - "We Were Not Interested In Doing It For Vanity"

August 30, 2013, 4 years ago

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Sarah Hampson at The Globe And Mail recently caught up with HEADSTONES frontman Hugh Dillon to discuss the band's comeback, his acting career, and his battles with drug addiction. An excerpt from the story is available below:

The romance with his addiction was going to end with something worse than a STD.

“Oh, I would have died!” he points out with unexpected enthusiasm. Here’s another bit of math: 20 detox attempts + 5 rehab stints = 0. “I had to turn my back on the band,” he says, explaining that each time he went on tour, he would relapse.

“I went up north and was cutting trees down. It wasn’t romantic and cool. It was $4.10 an hour and I was 40.”

A voice-over job for a Chrysler came along. Then, an award-winning movie, Down to the Bone. (He had been given his first acting opportunity by Bruce MacDonald in 1994 in Dance Me Outside.) He wouldn’t have spearheaded a reunion of The Headstones if it weren’t for an out-of-the-blue phone call from Randy Kwan, a friend from high school who had co-written some of his early songs. They had gone separate ways. But Kwan called to tell him two things: he was husband and father, and he was dying from cancer. (He died six months later.) Dillon offered to help by getting the band back together to play a few gigs.

“And because we spent so much together, we wrote a song, 'Bin This Way For Years'.” They decided to fund an album through pledges from their fans (Universal later distributed it.) “It was great because we were not interested in doing it for vanity.”

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The Headstones released their comeback album, Love & Fury, on May 14th via Frostbyte/Universal. It is now available via iTunes here.

The band has posted audio snippets of all tracks featured on the new record. Go to this location to check them out.

The tracklist is as follows:

'Change My Ways'

'Long Way To Neverland'

'Final Analysis'

'Far Away From Here'

'Don't Follow The Leader'


'Go Back The Other Way'

'SOS' (ABBA cover)

'Bin This Way For Years'

'Outta My League'

'Midnight Of This Life'

On April 16th, the Headstones' comeback single 'Long Way To Neverland' was made available for digital download. A full length clip of the track, which went to Canadian rock radio, is available below:

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