Hugh Dillon doesn’t pay attention to that old saying: Keep your day job.

The frontman of Canadian punk/hard rock outfit Headstones for the last three decades – minus a 10-year group hiatus that began in 2003 – has also forged a successful acting career in films like Hardcore Logo and TV series’like Durham County and Flashpoint. So why does the 53-yearold, who’s been sober for “about 13 years” after well-documented struggles with heroin and booze, continue to make music? “What makes me really tick is the cathartic nature of being able to write because those are my words,” said Dillon – who last year alone shot the films The Humanity Bureau with Nicholas Cage in Osoyoos, B.C., and Wind River with noted screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (Hell or Highwater, Sicario). “Everything else is somebody has written what I’m saying. I do like rock n’roll for that because it is your own vision, it is your own voice, it is your own self-expression.”

The Kingston-formed, Toronto-based Headstones latest disc, Little Army, arrives Friday (June 2) with two shows that night at T.O’s Velvet Underground before a fall tour.

We caught up with Dillon, who’s also got two TV projects in development – one with Sheridan in the U.S. and one in Canada – in T.O. recently.

CHRIS CORNELL

“I loved his voice, but I really loved the songwriting. That’s what it all comes down to is the songs [like] Jesus Christ Pose. There are certain songs that when I hear them, it’s a time and a place that was defining. My mental visual is sitting behind the driver in a s–y van with the radio stations in Canada and [Soundgarden] would come on and that was the soundtrack of us driving across this country. It was them and Nirvana and The Tragically Hip … nothing else mattered.”

ADDICTION

“So much of it, with our history, is linked to alcohol and drugs and underneath that is depression and whatever else is there. What you’re always trying to do is be honest and be upfront. And what’s great about our relationship as a band, we’ve known each other so long, you can see any little warning signs so it helps all of us. I do know enough that you have to be vigilant, you have to know yourself because if you slip in that downward spiral of isolating yourself … you can isolate to a place where it seems to be pointless. And it isn’t. I mean I’ve been there.” SOBRIETY “I played all the, ‘Let me see if this combination works. If I just have half a Valium and one shot of whisky, yeah good.’And it comes back to the concept of fooling yourself. You’ve got to know yourself. You can’t fool yourself. I have done it so much. And that’s what our band is like because we know each other so well. Any misstep or anything that’s bulls–, everyone is lasered on it. And so it kind of makes you accountable. Because it isn’t just you, your actions affect everybody. And if you want to f–ing be part of [a band] – be honest.”

ACTING WITH CAGE

“[Nic] was just an awesome professional. You know I like working hard and it’s just you have to be on your game. He had such a grounded, hard work ethic and for me that guy’s been married to Elvis’daughter [Lisa Marie Presley], his uncle is Francis Ford Coppola, he was in [the 1983 film] Rumble Fish, and yet it’s all about the work. And I like it to be about the work … It’s gratifying to see somebody through life’s maze bulls–is on the ground bringing his A game.”

WRITING

“My grandfather’s a writer. It’s storytelling. I’m Irish. It runs in the blood. I’m black Irish so I’ve got to deal with the temper and the nonsense. You’ve got to know yourself. You’ve got to not let your thoughts take you into some dark alley. It’s like being able to put it somewhere. And even when I didn’t have the band [during the hiatus] and I was trying to find my way and doing Flashpoint, I had a solo band, I was always write. It stops me from acting in ways that I used to act. That’s why I love writing because it calms you and it puts everything down on paper.”

KINGSTON (A NEW SONG ON LITTLE ARMY)

“I ran some of the lyrics by Gord Downie, we go back so far to us being 17 and in high school together [in Kingston]. We just loved music. We talked about [Bob] Dylan and Jim Morrison and it was all about writers and songwriters. We were friends. There was such a musicality about that period of time – about two years. And in this bar that I referrence [in the song], the Prince George, e, we would go down there. And Gord and I loved music and it was Dillon and Downie, we were in a lot of the same classes. We were in a dramatic arts class together, we were in home room. All of it goes back to him. It’s not just the singer and The Tragically Hip, and this band that I love. It goes back to I would not be here, literally, without him.”

DOWNIE’S CANCER

“I feel that guy’s going to live forever. I can say that. It’s like I want to think positively every day and every moment like, ‘You f–ing kidding me, I just saw him with Bobby Orr.’ ‘It was a hockey game and I think it was the Senators against Boston. I know it’s naive but I feel he’ll live forever.”

HEADSTONES

“I thought for sure we were going to buy it in some ridiculously stupid way. It was so lawless. It is weird. It is the chemistry. It is the writing. It is the ability to recognize each other so honestly. It’s like [guitarist] Trent [Carr] and [bassist] Tim White have been friends since 1972, lately it’s a big numbers game. [Trent’s brother] Steve [Carr] has been in the band as well but nobody talks about it – he’s on the cover of the new record – he plays keys, he’s been our road manager, so this record he’s on the cover and in the promo shots.” 

http://www.torontosun.com/2017/05/30/rolling-headstones-hugh-dillons-new-road-trip

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Saturday, August 5
North Bay, ON @ Summer In The Park
Tickets onsale NOW
Purchase here
*This is an all ages festival

Saturday, July 15
Cobden, ON @ Whitewater StreetStrut
Tickets onsale Wednesday, June 7 @ 10am EDT
Purchase tickets here
*This is a licensed all ages festival

We’re excited to be able to announce new shows on the EAST COAST!

Friday, July 28
Mud City Meltdown Music Festival
@ Riverfront Park, Moncton NB
Tickets available NOW here
*This is a licensed all ages festival

 

Saturday, July 29
Halifax, NS @ The Marquee Ballroom
Tickets onsale Friday, June 2 @ 10am EDT/11am ADT
Purchase tickets here
*This is a 19+ event

Friday, July 14
Ottawa Bluesfest @ LeBreton Flats
Tickets available NOW here
*This is an all ages festival

HEADSTONES ANNOUNCE TWO SHOW/ONE NIGHT STAND

In celebration of the release of their upcoming album Little Army, the Headstones are excited to announce that they will be performing two intimate shows in one night, in a small Toronto venue – the Velvet Underground.

These limited capacity performances will be on June 2nd, the same date as their album release, with sets at 9pm (doors at 8pm) and 12am (doors at 11pm). The band will be performing songs from the new album, including the single ‘Devil’s On Fire’, as well as fan favourite hits. Ticket proceeds will benefit CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health).

Tickets will go on sale this Saturday, May 6 at 10am ET

Limited tickets can be purchased here:
Early show http://bit.ly/2qySUF3
Late show http://bit.ly/2pYmN4I

**Purchased tickets are only valid for showtime indicated on the ticket

 

Pre-order your digital copy of the album now. Physical CD pre-order coming soon.

 

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Please note that current PledgeMusic Fan For Life pass holders will be honoured. If you hold a FFL pass, please submit your attendance by May 26th 2017, to info@headstonesband.com. FFL passes can no longer be purchased.

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For media requests, please contact
Erin Carroll at Cadence Music erin.carroll@cadencemusicgroup.com

We’re happy to announce that we’ll be rocking The KEE stage this summer

Saturday, August 12
Bala, ON @ The Kee To Bala
Tickets available NOW here
*This show is 19+

 

**Please note that current PledgeMusic Fan For Life pass holders will be honoured. If you hold a FFL pass, please submit your attendance by August 2nd 2017, to info@headstonesband.com. FFL passes can no longer be purchased.

HEADSTONES ANNOUNCE NEW STUDIO ALBUM LITTLE ARMY OUT JUNE 2 ON CADENCE MUSIC

 DEBUT FIRST SINGLE ‘DEVIL’S ON FIRE’

Headstones, one of Canada’s most enduring and hardest rocking bands, announced earlier this year that they were heading to the studio to record their forthcoming album Little Army. Today they are thrilled to reveal it will be unleashed to the world on June 2nd via Cadence Music and have given fans a first taste of the album with first single “Devil’s On Fire.”

A smart, addictive, dirty rock ‘n’ roll track, “Devil’s On Fire” is a contagious, aggressive rock anthem.

Fans have been getting an exclusive inside look at the making of Little Army on the band’s social channels since February, in real time. With tours of the Bathhouse, adventures around NYC, and a little inside look at the recording process, Headstones once again kept the fans close and a part of the process.

Headstones frontman Hugh Dillon couldn’t be more excited to share this with the world, saying “We set out to write the best rock album of our career, and I think that’s what we’ve done.”

Formed in 1987, the band’s debut release Picture Of Health (1993) was met with not just critical acclaim but was certified Platinum, selling in excess of 100,000 copies and spawning the singles “When Something Stands For Nothing”, “Cemetery”, “Tweeter and the Monkey Man” and “Three Angels”. Kicking off a recording career that spans three decades, the band has since gone on to release seven studio albums and countless chart topping singles. Known for their intense and authentic performance style, Headstones remain true to their DIY aesthetic. At a time when style is often valued over substance, they craft hard hitting tunes with brutally honest lyrics, and Little Army is no exception.

Pre-order the digital album here

HEADSTONES HEADER

HEADSTONES SIGN WITH CADENCE MUSIC GROUP (UNIVERSAL MUSIC)

SET TO LAUNCH THEIR FORTHCOMING ALBUM LITTLE ARMY

FANS CAN WATCH THE MAKING OF LITTLE ARMY IN REAL TIME THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS

TORONTO, ON – February 15, 2017 – Legendary rockers Headstones are getting back into the studio today to record their forthcoming album entitled Little Army, which will be released this spring through Cadence Music (Universal Music). Headstones are bringing everyone into the fold and giving them an exclusive behind the scenes look at the making of this album, produced by Hugh Dillon and Chris Osti. Starting tonight, the band will be live streaming and posting through their social media accounts, from The Tragically Hip’s Bathouse Studio in Kingston, Revolution Studio in Toronto, and Engine Room Audio in New York City.

“In true Canadian fashion, we trekked through a huge snow storm last year to meet the guys and hear the new songs. The enthusiasm in the room was incredible and the deal was cemented on the spot!” says Cadence Music Group President and CEO Iain Taylor.

Headstones front man Hugh Dillon, also thrilled about this partnership says, “It’s outstanding to see people in the music business who still give a shit about music, I haven’t felt this way since Picture of Health. It’s exciting.”

Headstones are one of Canada’s most enduring and hardest rocking bands. Formed in 1987, the band’s debut release Pictures Of Health (1993) met with not just critical acclaim but was certified Platinum, selling in excess of 100,000 copies and spawning the singles “When Something Stands For Nothing”, “Cemetery”, “Tweeter and the Monkey Man” and “Three Angels”. Kicking off a recording career that spans three decades, the band has since gone on to release seven studio albums and countless chart topping singles. Known for their intense and authentic performance style, Headstones remain true to their DIY aesthetic. At a time when style is often valued over substance, they craft hard hitting tunes with brutally honest lyrics and Little Army is no exception.

With Little Army, Headstones are again inclusive of their fans, sharing exclusive behind the scenes footage and real-time content. Using an old school approach while employing new school technology, Hugh and company recruit their army of fans to be a fly-on-the-wall of the recording and launch of Little Army.

http://headstonesband.com/

https://www.facebook.com/HeadstonesBand

https://twitter.com/theheadstones

https://www.instagram.com/headstonesofficial

https://www.youtube.com/user/HeadstonesBand

New Shows Added!

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Friday, November 25
Ottawa, ON @ Barrymore’s
Tickets available here: http://www.mavericksbar.com/events.html
Public Onsale: Friday, Oct 21 at 10am
*This show is 19+

 

Thursday, December 15
Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre
94.9 The Rock’s Craig Venn & Lucky’s Un-Silent Night
Tickets available here: http://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/1000514DEF24CF48
Public Onsale: Friday, Oct 21 at 10am
Live Nation Presale: Thursday, Oct 20 at 10am-10pm
Live Nation Facebook Presale: Thursday, Oct 20 at 10am-10pm
The Rock Presale: Thursday, Oct 20 at 10am-10pm
*This show is 19+

 

Friday, December 16
Niagara Falls, NY @ The Rapids Theatre
Tickets available here: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1362901
Public Onsale: Friday, Oct 21 at 10am
Rapids’ Presale: Thursday, Oct 20 at 10am-10pm
*This show is All Ages, licensed 21+. anyone 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult 18+

 

Saturday, December 17
Waterloo, ON @ Maxwell’s Concerts and Events
Tickets available here: https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/16470
Public Onsale: Friday, Oct 21 at 10am
Maxwell’s Presale: Thursday, Oct 20 at 10am
*This show is 19+

 

More details on the Concerts page.
-Hugh, Trent, Tim, Steve…. Rick and Lyle!

 

**Please note that current PledgeMusic Fan For Life pass holders will be honoured. If you hold a FFL pass, please submit your attendance by December 1st, to info@headstonesband.com. FFL passes can no longer be purchased.

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