Good reasoning there, my thinking was that I thought I remembered HC starting out as a solo record - but I could well be wrong! Ian is the luckiest guy in music going from Brian's guitar tech, to HC to touring member of Gaslight. I'd love that job!
Haha no doubt. All of those moves are easy "where do I sign" scenarios. You are probably right, HC most likely started out solo because Brian wanted to make slow record that he did not feel was Gaslight material. Somewhere in the early stages he decided to ask Ian to help out. While Brian is certainly at the forefront of that project, I view it as a two-man group with the help of a few others; including Alex Rosamillia.