Headstones (1987-2003, 2011-present): a Hard Rock band from Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
igning to 'MCA' in 1993, Headstones would release their debut album, Picture of Health, when founder and vocalist Hugh Dillon recruited original drummer Mark Gibson, guitarist Trent Carr and bassist Tim White. The debut was a mature and strong outing that received airplay at home but was sadly unknown elsewhere.
Mark Gibson would leave after the support tour was over to be replaced by Dale Harrison who was recruited for the follow-up Teeth and Tissue (1995). The act would go on to win a Juno award (Canada's version of the Grammys) for Best Group and Best rock Album in 1996.
Headstone's next album, Smile and Wave, would follow in 1997, with Nickels for Your Nightmares (2000); the first three of their albums would go Platinum and Gold respectively in Canada, but not chart elsewhere. 2000 would also see the announcement of Carr and Harrison becoming fathers, while Dillon announced a recovery from drug addiction.
The compilation album, Greatest Fits (2001) would be followed by their signature to 'MapleMusic' in 2002 for the release of The Oracle of Hi-Fi (2003). However, in September of that year the act would announce their split due to personal and professional reasons.
After Headstones band broke up in 2003 and within a year, Dillon enlisted a new band named Hugh Dillon Redemption Choir, featuring himself on vocals with J.P. Polsoni (guitar), Ben Kobayashi (keyboards), Chris Osti (bass) and Derek Downham (drums) to release their debut album The High Co$t of Low Living in 2005. Dillon would also find success in acting by appearing in several films, including Hard Core Logo, Dance Me Outside, Trailer Park Boys: The Movie, Assault on Precinct 13 and the TV series' Durham County, Degrassi: The Next Generation and Flashpoint and Continuum. In addition, their track Come On was featured in the video game Triple Play 2002, and the theme for the Canadian version of the sketch comedy show, Comedy Inc. White went on to become a music producer and composer for television and film.
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Dillon, Carr and White reunited for four shows in February 2011 for a mini tour. This tour would lead to a reformation leading to the release of 2013's Love + Fury on 'Universal Music' with the addition of guitarist Rickferd Van Dyk and drummer Jesse Labovitz. The album would be followed by One in the Chamber Music (2014), a CD also offered in vinyl; the act's first.
Little Army (2017) followed.
In 2019 Headstones would appear, again, at the Burlington Sound of Music festival.
Footnote: Picture of Health features an excellent rendition of Traveling Wilburys' "Tweeter and the Monkey Man" with the lyric "...in Jersey everything is legal as long as you don't get caught" changed to "...in Kingston everything is legal as long as you don't get caught!" Strangely, they failed to remove all other references to the US city.
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