Theory singer Tyler Connolly on his first time with HUSTLER and his band’s latest album, Say Nothing.
Canada rocks! No—seriously, it does. Case in point: Theory of a Deadman. In 1999, the band was discovered (and later signed) by fellow Canadian rocker Chad Kroeger of the band Nickelback. Since then, Vancouver’s favorite sons have released seven solid modern rock albums, some of which hit the Top 10 and others that went gold. They also recorded songs for the WWE. At the start of 2020, the band released what many fans called their most modern and ambitious album yet, Say Nothing.
Then a pandemic hit, shutting down touring plans for everyone. Including Theory, as they had by then come to be rechristened. This year sees the band gearing up for a bit of a restart with a full itinerary of gigs planned for August through the end of the year. HUSTLERMagazine.com caught up with singer Tyler Connolly (who HUSTLER previously interviewed in 2011) to discuss the band’s name change, barbecuing with Chad Kroeger and the future of rock.
HUSTLERMagazine.com: Do you recall the last time you were interviewed by us?
Tyler Connolly: I do. I remember we did a photo-shoot as well. I was talking to the photographer that day. I remember he was from Europe. Then a year or two later I was in Beverly Hills at a hotel visiting some friends. It was around Christmas. I looked around and saw all these beautiful women. I wondered what was going on. Then I ran into the photographer. I said, “Hey man, you’re the photographer from HUSTLER, right?” I reminded him we had done a photo-shoot a couple of years before. We were talking, and I turned and there was Larry Flynt in his wheelchair staring at me. I guess it was the HUSTLER Christmas party.
Did Larry have you thrown out?
I left on my own accord. But he didn’t look too pleased that I was hanging out.