Homestand ’22: Hall of Fame Rock Band Chilliwack’s Bill Henderson

Vancouver-based Canadian Music Hall of Fame rock band Chilliwack have established themselves as an icon with their longevity and hits such as Fly at Night, My Girl and Whatcha Gonna Do? Chilliwack will be in Moose Jaw on September 10 for Homestand ’22.

Vancouver-based Canadian Music Hall of Fame rock band Chilliwack have established themselves as an icon with their longevity and hits such as fly at night, My daughterand What are you going to do?

Chilliwack will be in Moose Jaw on September 10 for the River Street Promotions Homestand ’22 Charity Concert. The concert also includes Matt Mays, JJ Voss and Nice Horse. Tickets are on sale at SaskTix and can be easily found at riverstreetpromotions.com.

“I often ask myself what is the value of my work? said Bill Henderson, 77, singer and guitarist from Chilliwack. “I’m here, I play these songs and I write these songs, and you know, what is it? What use is it to anyone?

“And I realize it’s kind of a subtle thing. It’s not like providing food or the energy you need to keep your home warm. But it’s energy to keep your heart warm, it’s food for your soul, and we need it more than we think. So, that’s my job, and I’m in a perfect position to do that, because I love my audience.

Chilliwack’s beginnings date back to 1961 when the C-FUN Classics were formed as a Vancouver house radio band. Henderson joined in 1966 when the group became The Collectors – Vancouver’s first high-profile rock band.

The Collectors became Chilliwack in 1969 and released their self-titled debut album in 1970. Since then they have undergone numerous line-up changes, and the band actually broke up in 1983.

Henderson became a solo artist and continued to work and make an impact on the music scene, including six years as Music Director of the Canadian edition of sesame street. He was director of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and president of the Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC).

Henderson reformed Chilliwack in 1997. The band’s current lineup consists of Bill Henderson (vocals and backing vocals, lead guitar), Jerry Adolphe (drums), Ed Henderson (backing vocals, rhythm guitar and lead guitar) and Gord Maxwell (bass, backing vocals ) .

Henderson was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2015. In 2019, Chilliwack was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

“When I go on stage, the most important thing is for people to be happy and have a good time,” Henderson said. “I think happy people make better decisions.”

There’s a lot wrong with the world, Henderson continued, and it’s easy to get caught up in getting revenge or giving someone a hard time because you disagree. with him. But if you’re trying to change someone, you have to treat them with respect, treat them well, and truly be their friend.

“Our music helps with all of that, that’s what it’s all about.”

Henderson doesn’t claim that music can replace therapy or medicine, but he does believe that music can have a visceral uplifting effect that can help people in their lives.

The pandemic has been “unbalanced,” Henderson said, because connecting with live audiences is what he loves to do. He always thought that without an audience, there is no show.

“It’s fulfilling, it makes me feel like I’m in touch with the world and with people and all that good stuff, and when that’s taken away from me…I think you don’t necessarily realize what it makes you lose it, but it has a profound effect. I know a lot of people feel that way.

When asked about the subject of mental health and what it means to him to play for this cause, Henderson becomes emotional.

“It’s actually hard for me to talk about it because it’s very upsetting. I feel like I’m starting to break down,” he said. “I have grandchildren who are 20, 19 and 15 year olds, and especially for 19 and 20 year olds, the last three years have been quite difficult.

“I totally agree with anything we can do to help maintain their sanity and give them a chance. Because it’s a difficult time. When you’re that age, you really don’t know what the world is like. You just want to do well and you want to try to make it happen. And you need everything, all of your resources to be available to you, so sanity is super, super important.

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