Lead by singer and frontman Denton Young,
Kim Hunt on drums, Jim Samson on bass, Howard Helm on keyboards and Brian Miller on guitar.
The Juno nominated band recorded 3 cds touring the country back and forth winning fans with their powerful, theatrical, impressive concerts.
HISTORY of ZON
Toronto progressive rock band Zon formed in the mid-70's by Denton Young who recruited Howard Helm .
Howard Helm recommended Brian Miller.
Jim Sampson and Kim Hunt completed the classic line up.
All wrote and performed on
ASTRAL PROJECTOR , 1978
BACK DOWN TO EARTH, 1979
I'M WORRIED ABOUT THE BOYS 1981
The band who gained nation wide popularity with their strong live show-soon came to the attention
of CBS Records A & R chief Bob Gallo. They released two albums for Epic (distributed by CBS) and
gained a foothold in the Canadian prog rock sweepstakes next to the likes of Saga, Klaatu, FM and
'Astral Projector', released on blue vinyl, became an FM radio staple in the late '70's. The album garnered
the band a 'Best New Group' Juno nomination. The band would find themselves opening up gigs for the likes
of The Tubes at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens, and Styx at CNE Stadium getting opening slot encores on both occasions!
1979's 'Back Down To Earth' was produced by Don V. Lorusso and the late Vancouver keyboard whiz Dale
Jacobs. The band played Toronto as headliners where a hometown crowd swelled to 17,800 people. A reporter
for the Globe & Mail, who had only stayed to see the opening act, wrote a scathing review thinking he had
seen Zon. The negative review was the headline of the entertainment page , nationally in Canada.The review
was actually of the opening band called Lipps.
Zon and other Canadian acts were dropped from CBS after a thorough corporate housecleaning of the
A & R Department despite Zon already having their contract picked up for a third album.
The ensuing legal battle took much of the heart out of the band yet they spent much time on the
road still performing across Canada to many fans The band did manage one more album for A&M/ Falcon
Records called 'I'm Worried About The Boys'. The record featured a cover version of the Velvet
Underground's "Sweet Jane". Some fine songs written on the album showed a more pop/ rock side to the band.
Zon did an opening slot for Alice Cooper at Toronto's CNE Stadium. When Cooper failed to appear
minutes before showtime, Denton Young was given the onerous task of telling the audience. A riot
ensued and police had to be called out. The band broke-up shortly after despite the 1981 single
"For You" reaching #2 on CKOC in Hamilton (higher than any of the previous singles on CBS Records).
The ballad on the album and was a moderate hit on AM radio across Canada.
Singer Denton Young has performed on some of Rik Emmett's solo work and works as a
construction project manager. Kim Hunt would go on to join Hanover, Urgent and is currently in
Moxy. Kim also is art director for a Canadian music magazine .Jim Samson is now with Moxy as
well as working for music equipment sales company.The talented underated guitarist Brian Miller
works at Toronto's famed 12th Fret guitar store. Howard Helm joined Michael Fury which mutated
into a great band called Refugee. In 1988 Helm was offered a job as touring keyboardist for Mick
Ronson and Ian Hunter. He took the job and spent 4 years on the road touring the world. He is
currently writing for TBS television in Atlanta and Universal Studios in Orlando. He continues
to play keyboards in-studio for the likes of bands like Seven Mary Three and others. Howard is
now organist and Choir master for a church in Florida.
Zon holds a special place in music lovers hearts not only for the solid music they
developed but for "putting on a show" in concert.
Zon bandmates are contemplating some rare recorded live shows to be released .
PRE HISTORY AND INTERESTING NOTES of ZON
Denton Young had a band before Zon called ACT THREE with Rik Emmett which toured the
Ontario bar scene with a solid fan base. Triumph's Blinding Light Show was written by
Emmett and Young and Brockway. Rik got the offer to join Triumph and it was then that
Zon was formed in 1975. The original members of Zon were Denton Young as vocalist / drummer,
Howard Helm on keyboards, Patrick McGuire on drums, Gary Poplawski on guitar and Rod Chappell
on bass. Soon there after Louis Mucilli would replace Gary as guitarist and then in 1976
musicians Kim Hunt ,Jim Samson and Brian Miller were brought in to form the classic lineup
that in 1977 were signed to CBS. As a foot note, it was Rod Chappell and Louis Mucilli that
wrote Astral Projector with Denton. Rod went on to form Lightspeed and is still playing in the USA.