AS SEEN IN SCENE MAGAZINE - APRIL 2004
Story by: Bob Klanac
Mythology mixed with metal and mayhem - Jon Mikl Thor wants to pump you up!
some reason most of us guys wanted to be Superman, wear red and blue
nylons and fight crime.
Mikl Thor wanted to be Superman. Popeye too. He hadn’t been told
that all he could do was the costume thing. In fact, he hadn’t
even been told about the Halloween only stipulation. He used to go to
even jumped out the first storey of the school dressed as Superman and
got a concussion,
far enough for young Thor. The 8-year-old kid asked his older brother
how he could be like his heroes.
was sort of a shy guy. I think the superhero thing was my fantasy to
get me out of being shy,” Thor says quietly.
clicked. Bodybuilding + rock music. There was something in that combo
that connected with the teenage muscleman. So young Thor ditched the
accordion Ma and Pa gave him and found a bass guitar.
discovered that there really wasn’t much call for a bass playing
strongman. Thor got his own show together and hit the road as the muscle
rock Norse God. The cover shot of his first album, Keep The Dogs Away
Not surprisingly, audiences started to catch on. His infatuation with B-movies, and B-movie culture seeped through in his live performances which featured the bending of steel bars, smashing bricks over his chest and other feats of strength. “Occasionally I’d blow up a hot water bottle,” the former Mr. Canada and Mr. USA says matter-of-factly. “Sometimes they exploded and sprayed the entire dance floor.”
everyone got it. There were exceptions. “One time in Quebec the
whole town was there to watch me and they weren’t really impressed,”
he says with a restrained chuckle. “They didn’t really respond
no matter what I was doing, ripping license plates in two; I was trying
to give them everything I could plus the kitchen sink. So they sent
decidedly more people have ‘gotten it.’ His fans now range
from some of his original 70s and 80s crowd to their children. “I
just did a show for the fifteen and under crowd,” Thor says with
just a trace of disbelief. “They
Some lame-ass rock band sang that rock and roll is a vicious game but for Thor it can be downright dangerous. Longevity must play a part in all this for the aging Norse God of rock.
fifty but I’m still a young buck. I gotta be in really good shape
to bend steel and have bricks smashed on my
of his age and the dangers of overzealous amateur pyrotechnicians, this
we get 100 people, sometimes 500. It’s a young crowd. We were
involved in the Fubar movie too
may be a full-time job but it’s not Thor’s only job. “I’m
also involved in a lot of other business endeavors.
sorts of things I can do for a long time, producing movies, even producing
other bands. I’m not always
man in a loincloth? Hey, if a 50-year-old man can still bend bars and
break bricks over his chest,