Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Wheelchair Rockers Getting Ready To Roll Again

ATLANTA (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A couple of wheelchair-bound singers with muscular dystrophy put the brakes on touring with their band after 9/11, but they’re ready to rock ‘n roll again.

Singer Robby Heisner – who started the band Van Gogh with his brother Ricky – says they’ve been on hiatus for the past few years, but not due to lack of interest. In his words, “We turn down gigs every month.”

He explains, “After September 11th, we sort of stopped and shut up...we already didn’t care for flying. Flying with power wheelchairs takes a lot of planning.”

However, Heisner says he was listening to a Barenaked Ladies song recently and reveals, “Something about the song did something to me. I called Ricky and said, ‘We’ve got to make more music.’”

In addition to recording, he thinks it would be great to make a documentary about the brothers singing and free-wheeling on stage in their wheelchairs.

He jokes that the duo are in their forties, but, “The chairs are as young as they ever were. They go 11 mph!”

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