HELIOS CREED NEWS NO. 8 February 3, 2005
Whew! Even for me, Krazee Cyn, things have been simply CRAZY!!! Helios is still
recovering from the absolutely gruelling schedule during his visit to Austin, Texas.
The party was dubbed "party of the year" on the Butthole Surfers
forum by the guests who attended (I hate to say I told ya so). Helios recorded
a new Chrome CD while he was here! And, the show at Room 710 kicked ass
(despite Helios' amp blowing a fuse during the show - I didn't even notice it
in the next room where I was hawking merchandise). Oh yeah, and we will have at
LEAST two new DVD's on the market soon - footage from the party, show,
recording studio, etc. Here are some of the glorious details of Helios' visit
First, fan Tommy Mansfield was so very kind and went up to Kansas to pick up Helios. Helios needed to
bring a lot of equipment and couldn't possibly fly down. It turned into a
fiasco for Tommy, as the weather turned bad and a blizzard of some sort hit in
the line of travel. It took several days of fighting the weather to get Helios
and himself back all in one piece! Helios stayed at my place for the first week,
restin' up for what was to come before he ventured into Austin.
I introduced Helios to Jerry Page, currently of Central Services (also
of the Bontempi Brothers and CRUST). Jerry was so kind to hook us up
with his studio
to practice for the party/show. He also played 2nd guitar for the party
show (he played 2nd guitar, Liberation moog and an electric door spring
Bubble Studio recording). I also hooked Helios up with Kevin Stack and
Wallace of Gorch Fock (who has opened for Helios numerous times), along
Kevin's brother Brian Stack on drums and Reed Edwards on synth, so they
all practice for the January 15th party!
The day before the par-tay, Fabienne Shine (soloist, Shaken Street, Chrome AND Damon Edge's
wife) flew in from Los Angeles.
The day of the party, I picked up Paul Delle Pella, Helios' drummer on numerous
projects and tours, who flew in from Pismo
Beach, CA. Paul ended up
playing drums at the party as he and Helios were both itching to play together
after not doing so for many years! Sorry Brian - you were all ready to go and
sounded good, I might add!
The party was held on 300 acres, lakeside. Opening at the party was Austin's Halo
Rings Her Head. Their theremin player, Blair Bovbjerg also played Room 710 and
recorded with Helios at Bubble (he is the most bitchin theremin player I've
ever heard)! Then ST-37 (named after Helios' song of the same name) played. I
hated it, because I had to miss them to go to the airport to pick up Paul, but
I heard they were great! Central Services came on next, I believe (once again,
I missed them play because I was picking up Fabienne from her hotel room). I've
seen them before, so I know what I missed. I was in awe the first time I saw
them and met Jerry Page - he is a musical wiz and Helios loves his stuff and hopes
he will work with him on future projects. I'm not much of a dancer, but when I
heard Central Services play, I just wanted to get up and move around. Awesome band! Nextup at
the party, was the Bontempi Brothers. Jerry Page and Richard Smith put on one
helluva show! I was fortunate enough to see them play for the first time.
REALLY fun stuff!!
About this time, local dried and some honey glazed shrooms were introduced to
the party by a VERY generous fan. A lot of us were shrooming hard when Helios
Creed and Friends took the stage (talk about purrrfect timing). I didn't count
how many fans plugged in to the amps to play with Helios, but the stage was
full of musicians as well as each side of the stage. I'd say there were between
7-10 musicians in all. To top it all off, the bonfire kept us nice and toasty
(as well as the coffee, hot chocolate, beer and liquor) AND we were blessed
with clear starry skies and a meteor shower (tho' most of us thought we were just
hallucinating)! We had good temperatures during the day (around 60 degrees) and
it didn't get too cold that night (around 38 degrees). Overall, we had a
purrrfect night! It was the BEST party I've thrown in years (if I do say so
Click here for video
and loads of great photos from this special event
More practicing and recording at Jerry's studio followed with a new line-up --
Helios, Jerry, Paul on drums, Jeff Pinkus (Honky, $5 Rock, Aerole 51 and formerly
of Butthole Surfers) on bass, and Blair Bovbjerg, on theremin. Thursday and
Friday before the show, they all recorded at Bubble Studio in Austin, Texas.
Bubble Studio is owned by Chris "Frenchie" Smith (of Young Heart
Attacks) who worked his ass off for us (and still is). He was assisted by Jeff
Hoskins (formerly of Nice Strong Arm) who also happens to be a member of
Jerry's band Central Services. Chris and Jeff both (along with a couple of
techs) put in long, hard hours to get everything down on tape before Helios had
to leave. Thanks a million guys! We all had a very wonderful experience
recording there and highly recommend them to anyone who is in need of a good
recording studio!!! You can reach Frenchie at email@example.com.
Friday night, the 21st, Room 710 was absolutely packed. I would like to
Woody (owner of Room 710) for treating us right! We all had a great
Helios did a killer version of Master Blaster, along with many other
-- Some Way Out, Monster Lust, EVILDEVILMONSTER to name a few. They
Honky's Smokin Weed With Helios Creed. Helios was going to light up a
pass it around to the crowd, but totally forgot to bring a one on stage
him! Fabienne sang on two new songs - Sandbox Jungle and Nico/Velvet
Underground's All Tomorrow's Parties. Look for those on the upcoming
CDs. Fabienne blew the audience into another dimension with her
sexy, sultry voice! She used to hang out with the Led Zepplin guys and
really tell that Robert Plant influenced her a lot. You should hear her
stories - Fabienne was once roommates with Nico (when Fabienne was
working as an au pair in France,
she was introduced to Nico and they became great friends).
For those who missed the show, Richard Smith did a live audio recording
(thank you Richard!). We also had videographers Tom Alter (Wage Slave
firstname.lastname@example.org) and Greg Leonard (Random Acts of Productions -
email@example.com) there to capture the show (and party) on video.
to you guys!! They both did video for a Crust reunion show last fall at
710. If you are interested in the Crust video, please contact me, as it
soon be released!
I want to thank Tommy Mansfield for picking up Helios, offering up your place
for the party and for all of the hard work you put into it. Tommy's place is
the shit, by the way! I also want to thank all of the musicians who came
together for the party and show, especially my bud Jerry Page for letting us
use his studio and for all the things he did in connection to the party
(playing three times, the use of his drum set and P.A. system, and setting up
ST-37 to play, just to name a few). Jerry was absolutely indispensable! My
friend, Shepherd Jones (Jerry's girly), also helped us tremendously - she
helped me get everyone where they needed to be and helped me run errands for
everyone. It got really nuts at times! Shepherd - you're a lifesaver and I
thank you from the bottom of my heart! Jerry and Shepherd also put up Helios at
their place for a few days when recording at Bubble went over - thanks a
million you two!
Here's a few words from Helios:
Hello everybody!!! Still recovering from the exhausting schedule of
recording and practicing. Needless to say, I was too fried to party
the Room 710 show (I wish I wasn't cuz all my friends were there - sorry for being
half outta it). I think I slept for about 18 hours after the show. I'm still
feeling a bit fatigued. Of course, that is one of the symptoms of Hep C, which
I am also battling. But, I am determined not to let it stop me!!! It is sorta
like fighting a war. I hope someone comes up with a cure for this shit soon!
When I'm rested up completely, I will be working on my solo CD again until it
I enjoyed all of the new people I met in Austin.
It was good to see Pinkus again and meet his family! It was also nice to meet
Jerry Page and Shepherd Jones - we all became instant friends. I hadn't seen
Fabienne in about 22 years - so it was REALLY good to see her again. I hadn't
seen Paul, my drummer, in quite a few years (since the last San Francisco show), so that was cool. He is
my favorite drummer to play with. Joe Dupre (staticwhitesound.com) even flew in
from San Francisco
for the show. It was great to see him again! It was nice chillin' with some of
the lovely ladies of Austin
too, I might add. I'm back home in St.
George, Kansas, where
nobody knows who the fuck I am, or even cares! Just the way I like it.
I wish you all could have been at the party! I just wanted to make
everybody happy at the party, so I bought some beer, which I can't
the pople that could. Another new friend of mine brought mushrooms for
who couldn't or don't drink (for the total psychedelic experience). I
party was an experiment in sound, noise and repetition, like the
tribes used to do in their celebrations when the took psychedelics to
the spirits! I feel we need more of that in our Walmart culture and
need to get
back to the root of what is real. It was my goal for the party! I was
pleased at how friendly and happy everyone was! No dicks or weirdos! I
thank everybody for that!
Eventually, it would be nice if we could start a new community of free
people, to share these interdimensional experiences in each others'
if we could, we would be able to learn more about the universal mind.
has any ideas or wants to donate land or money for more HelioFests, let
know! Anything to bring the good people of the world together in view
ugliness that is also taking place on the planet. We all need a piece
sanctuary now and then, not just the club scene or just trying to make
would like to be able to give more to people of our kind and not ask
anything in return so they can find out how good it feels! I would like
to do sort
of a Rainbow Bridge II in dedication to Jimi Hendrix on the Island of Maui.
That is my ultimate dream!
Of course I can't do any of the things I want to do by myself, so I want to thank
everybody involved who have and will help make all of these things possible!
One last word from KraZeE CyN:
If you would like to be included on our e-mail list for this
newsletter, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I also have quite
a few posters from
the show at Room 710 for sale ($5 plus S&H), as well as some CD's
S&H) - On the Dark Side of the Sun, NUGG the Transport, Dark Matter
Inferior Plastic Finger ($17 plus S&H - a remixed live show from
tour that comes with a tour 2003 t-shirt) and a few St. Helios Prayer
($6 plus S&H). To purchase any of these items, contact me at
- you can also pay me via PayPal at the same address. I also handle the
mail for Helios at that address. Oh, and a lot of people were asking me
the show, where they could get Fabienne's music. You'll find a nice
of CD's of her band Shakin Street
on cdbaby.com. Some of you may remember back when they opened up for Black Sabbath
on tour (the tour hit Austin)
many years ago (might a been '89).
Helios would like to offer CD's that are personalized (to each individual's name,
from Helios), from his stock. Anyone interested, contact me and I'll give you
the details. Helios will soon be on MySpace.com and we will have a Helios Creed
forum up and running soonll! When it is all set up, it will be time to do
another newsletter and I'll give you the web addresses. I can also fill you in
on my upcoming trip to L.A.
to visit Fabienne and to meet with a few record companies we are considering!
In the meantime, look for Bek Sabbath's article in the Rank and Revue due out
February 15th! Until then!
Helios Creed and Krazee Cyn
P.S. Check out the pic of Helios approved for this newsletter. The credit for
the photo of Helios smokin goes to Beky Hayes (bek sabbath of Rank and Revue).
I'm throwing one in of Helios' grandson, who looks just like he mustav looked
as a baby, I swear! He's a little messy - it's feeding time! I keep forgetting
to add pics for y'all. I have some great pics from the party, thanks to my
friend Profytt! I'll try to get her to send me the jpg file so I can include
them next time.