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i had the privilege of knowing helen briefly, during my entirely too brief music career in new york in the late 70s. i will never forget her incredible energy and charisma. tonight i will say an earnest and heartfelt prayer, that she rests well and secure in the heavens that she loved so much. i am sure that she resides in some place between the stars, in the beauty of the night sky. i will miss her. my time with her was the best in my life. i wish her peace.
Helen, The new CD's been finished for quite a while but we've been desperately seeking a label that would do it justice. Right now waiting on word from label in Germany. If they don't pick it up we'll figure something out. We're just gonna call it "Helen Wheels and the Skeleton Crew"---and it is a killer! Thank whoever it was up or over there who pushed you into the studio to finish your vocals...and thank you for letting me be a part of the whole screaming diz buster. We will start work on the next project immediately upon my arrival.
Wheels of unforgetable fire.
Since the night in 76, you saw my rose and raised with your flying saucer. Too bad I couldn't see you with a heart. You were moving too fast. But in the end I got you on Infrared.
Salutations and sincer condolances! ...But nothing truely ever dies, just changes. Helen now rides the winds ov the Royal Arch ov Heaven's star filled canopies.
...thee Stargazing Öyster 32°
merry christmas and happy hannakah and happy kwanza to all the wheels family.
Thanks for the song "Nosferatu" Helen. It really changed my life and kicked off my own musical journey. R.I.P.
GoodBye Helen, I'm glad I got to meet you...........
Chinese food at eleven o'clock, watching bad horror movies into the early hours of the morning and eating chinese food all over again! You always let me read new drafts of "We took Dawn for granted" and you and dear Mariah would ask what I thought Did it frustrate you that I never found anything I didnt like? Sorry Kid, I really loved your style. The Fact is Helen, you and you're style were a big influence on my stuff in " East Gate", it was real, you were real and your leaving this soon simply is not real. You knew that I was in trouble so long ago so we talked and you redirected me on a less destructive path, Thank You. You provided Pete's and my safe house for nine and a half years of "East Gate", our dream to be published, our frustration and the crap we went through, and you went through it too. You were there as a sounding board, a tough chick with a heart of gold. Thanks for taking me into your world, meeting the players and being my friend. Remember Sid's jacket? it was twice your size, yet you wore it with pride and filled it easily with "The Wheels" presence. Your memories of Sid were kind, it's a shame he didn't get to know you better on this earth, perhaps now he will have the pleasure. Remember Lou Reeds' message to you? Your eyes lit up and you grinned like the Cheshire Cat, I was thrilled for you, but was Lou Wrong? Quote "To Helen, a good , good bad girl form the old school" En quote...so true. God Bless you Helen and say hi to Stevie, Jimi, John, Janice, Jim and everyone else who left us too soon. And now the latest edition to Heavens Super Group "Helen Wheels", practice up boys! WOW!!! The Sun just came up! Helen are you trying to tell me something?
Five years ago this spring I had the pleasure of Helens hospitality and grace when a friend of Mine and I ( Larry Warren )Co-author of Helens' brother Peters' Book " Left at East Gate". Larry and I went to the city on business trip. I remember Larry Mentioning to me on the way down about Peter and Helen and what remarkable people they are. They opened their doors to Both Larry and I and gave us a warm place to stay, a great cup of tea and without surprise a memorable visit. I only met Helen once, but I know that once was all I needed to know in my heart of hearts , I met an angel in this life. Thank you Helen for your hospitality, your insight to my lifes breath (Music), and just for being what everyone on this site has come to know you to be. You.....Rest well and forever let your Rock -n- Roll heart shine.
I still don't believe this.
Hello old friend...you have been so in my thoughts lately, and i finally thought to try a web site only to find i am too late. How did i let 15 years slip by? Your voice is still singing so clearly in my mind, "Break the Chains" and i have! Thank you for your strength, your courage, your love. I will never forget you. Sending my most positive energy to Peter, Albert, and all your family and friends who must be so lost. See you when i get there...
Sorry to have found out about the death of Helen. I am interested in finding out about her song "The Saucer Song" If anyone can help, please email me. Helen lives on. Thank you, Starfinder
I miss you so much. this doesn't seem real in the least. i love you always
HELEN YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED AND FOR HER FRIENDS AND FAMILY I AM SO SORRY FOR YOU ALL I MEET HELEN AT A CHARITY CONCERT IN ROCHESTER AND SHE WAS JUST A WONDERFUL PERSON AND SHE HSD A GREAT PERSONALITY SHE WILL BE GREARTLY MISSED
I'm feeling so sad. I do want to 'believe' that you're physically gone because belief is a substitute for the truth, and I don't want it to be true.
I've always wondered how it would've been if we sang a tune together since we both have been in the music business. Although I haven't been active in music for many, many years, I know it would have been fun. I'm so sorry the chance is lost forever.
I'm gonna miss the times we had together, and the interesting conversations we shared along with your brother Peter. May God hold you in His arms and tour you around heaven. We'll sing that song together when I get there.
Your friend, Linda
GREAT WEBSITE, ADD MORE BODYBUIDING PHOTOS!!
I'm sorry to hear of Helen's passing.I send my regrets to her family.Reading her bio. she seemed to be a fine lady. I know she is in heaven!!!
I'm sorry to hear of Helen's passing.I send my regrets to her family.Reading her bio. she seemed to be a fine lady. I know she is in heaven!!!
I have only just learned of Helen's death. I am in shock and disbelief and very much devastated, truly blown away. My heart goes out to her family, friends, and fans. What went so terribly wrong that this shining bright light could be extinguished? Her passing is too soon, too sudden and should not be. Helen had been a major part of my life for many years. I just simply adored her and her music. Wherever she played I was there; the Ritz, CBGB's, Brighton Bar-countless places, names of which have been forgotten. I even found myself in some of her online photos, rocking and grooving to that muscle rock. Many times I have told the story of driving to Boston in the equipment van with Vinnie, Yik and a white German Shepherd named Cloud following her Porsche with Morrongiello at the wheel (and he was loving that German precision driving machine). I have no idea of the name of the club she played up there, I just had to be there. Passing up staying at the hotel with the funky escalators, only to dine at some bizarre café with Lee et al, on the ride home, I slept curled up on a Marshall amp. I had followed Helen and had been her loyal fan through many states (CT, NY, NJ, PA, MA ) and through many altered states of mind. I have many wonderful, fabulous memories of Helen, her music, her muscles, her shit-eating grin, her kick ass attitude, just her. I had been there for the different Helen Wheel band members; from Riggs, Morrongiello, Bouchard , Sargent Rock, Vasta, Lee And yes, Helen, of course I still have the signed photo you sent me! Though, for whatever reason we had lost contact, our worlds no longer crossed. Helen stopped playing, I had stopped rockin??, I don't know or remember when. I have always thought of Helen, often with fond memories (bringing a cooler fill of Haagen-Daz to Albert's birthday party and my Wheelie party in my mobile home for that gig in Totowa). Helen approved of my cats of which I named one after her. Thus, those in the cat fancy also knew of our Helen as I would gladly explain the name origin and show off the CD 'Archetype'. The little feline Helen Wheels went on to be best in region and earned herself an international award, as of course it should be. When 'little Helen Wheels' received her international award, the award presenter said, "and 19th Best International Household Pet Kitten goes to, and I just love this name HELEN WHEELS!" After many years, through the CD Helen sent Morrongiello, I found her again. I was telling her all about the CDC invading my home and she telling me about the horse she that she was riding. Just this past year, thankfully, Helen played good ol' CB's again and I made the trek to see her twice (just like the old days). I was fortunate enough to see her again, say hello, how the hell are ya???. Hey, Skeleton Crew! you guys (and gal) did her justice. Helen always did surround herself with world class musicians. Helen looked fab in leather (what else?). I didn't get the chance to meet all the band members but I do remember Kim (smoking!) and the string of naked Barbie dolls. I always meant to ask what was up with the doll's head on a spike (very Izzard). Showed Helen pics of 'little Helen.' Helen still with her fabulous set of wheels , kicking butt, wearing leather, sweating bullets on me, no problem. And then we fell out of touch again. I knew her website had been down for a bit. I just went to check in on her, to see if maybe Helen would be back at CB's as I had been there for Ian hunter's kids recently. But then I saw. I did not believe. This is not real. Helen was so very much real. I truly wish I had been there for her, for the family, for me, to do something. To scream, to cry, to hug someone who will miss her and love her, who knows, who understands WHAT??? WHY??? Helen, how can you be gone-YOU WERE A FUCKIN' ROCK! HOW CAN THIS BE!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS WORLD??? Peter, if you read this, I am so very sorry, please accept my deepest condolences, sorrow and sympathy. I want to absorb some of the pain for you and take it away. I am afraid I missed any memorials, I want to be there, I need to be there. Please, let me know. She was so vibrant, so full of life!! She helped me to be me. I feel a part of me has died and has gone with Helen, however, I know of piece of Helen is my heart for now and always and beyond. My heart is crying for you Helen and for all those those you loved you. This just should not be. I CAN FEEL THE THUNDER, I CAN HEAR THE ROAR You are embedded in me Helen, forever
Good-bye Helen from WEEP. We will miss you very much. Rock-on in heaven girl.
May she be gettin' down on Shakin' Street with Sonic Smith and Robin Tyner.
God bless all who knew her.
This hasn't really hit me yet, but it will. And when it does I am going to miss you sooo much.
It still doesn't seem real, but when it does I know it will all hit me very hard.
It sucks to be doing this. Scott had told me when it happened, but it just didn't seem real to me. In so many ways, it still doesn't. What sucks most for me is that I haven't seen Helen perform in years and those wonderful memories will have to suffice.
She inspired rock and roll dreams in many and lived a life pure in spirit, heart and energy. That will never die or fade away! Keep on....
message from a recent and french oysterboy,just to express my sadness and solidarity with the whole fans thanks for all helen, '(time will)take care of you "survival"...
This is gonna be awkward. There's so much I want to say but I am overcome with grief and just shattered and scattered over this. Please forgive me.
I was lucky enough to know Helen for close to 30 years. To have known her truly was to love her. Besides being a dear dear friend, she never failed to lift me with her smile, her eternal and boundless enthusiasm for rock'n'roll,for her friends, for nature and for life itself.
The almost mystical thing about my relationship with Helen was how our paths would always seem to cross at the most significant moments of my life. Helen was the first person to encourage me and give me the opportunity to be a songwriter, a singer and a bandleader.
When the Dictators went their separate ways for a while in the late 70s, I had been playing in the shadow of Ross' amazing guitar ability, Andy's songwriting talents and Manitoba's larger-than-life persona. I was lost, scared and not very optimistic about my future. I really didn't know what I was gonna do. I knew what I wanted to do but I had no confidence in my ability. The fire of rock'n'roll burned brightly inside me but that didn't seem like enough to make a living at it.
It was Helen who jump started me, as a writer, a singer, and a bandleader, opening up her band to me and my music. She made me feel about myself the way everyone should get to feel about their passions and dreams. She made me feel that anything and everything was possible. That was the real beginning of my career phase 2. Twenty years later I make a living doing all those things. The very things that I define myself by.
I even met Manny Caiati in her band. The two of us started the Del-Lords together. I don't know if the Del-Lords would have existed without Helen. I don't know who i'd be today if I hadn't been blessed by her presence in my life. I know that I am going to miss her and think about her at some point every day for the rest of my life.
Always, Always, Always for my Comrade, my Sister, my Inspiration, Direct From My Heart My To You, Helen, Scott
It was great getting to know u Helen. All I want to know is "will u let me audition in your band". Bye for now. Miche
Helen, I never saw, or met you. It's odd that our paths never crossed despite being part of the same scene for so many years, but I know you were responsible for opening the doors for so many of the bands that we know today.
Be sure to say "hi" to J.T. Bobby Steele
1/22/00 So sorry to hear of Helen's passing. I never knew anything about her. She was a very talented and gifted woman. I plan on buying some of her music from Cellsum. My prayers are with her family and friends. Her legacy lives on in her music. She brought us all "Light Years of Love!"
See ya Helen...Love Cosmo...
Helen - Thanks for gifting us with your voice and your energy. You have really made a powerful mark in our hearts. Though your voice is silenced it will live on in your recordings and our memories. You have made us better to have known you. Thanks for looking down on us from "Destinations Unknown". Love & Laughter Always, junclady :o)
i miss you, wheels. sing me into tomorrow
Godbye Helen We love you Flu
You're a love, and in a loving place, woman. Here's to some good peace up there. Anne from the Bronx.
My sorrow goes out to all of HELENs family and rock n'roll friends! THANX for the 2 great shows in Cortland. We all will miss your kindness and spirit.. LUV BOBCAT
Our hearts and thoughts are with Helen's family and friends.
Brian Murray and Castle Village Farm
Sorry Helen, I did'nt think to look here so I did'nt get your message before now. I would have loved to meet you! The more I read and learn about you, makes me all the sadder of your passing. We had things in common! I had planned to go to one of your shows in 2,000 and meet you, but now that is not possible! I thankyou for thinking of me! Helen you are missed! My condolences go out to your family/William/friends/ band members and BOC! R.I.P.-Tattoo vampire
A great loss. My love to her family.
Adam B and his friends wish safe passage to wheels. Amen R
Go with all my love, baby.
Hi Helen, Just a quick hello. I enjoyed meeting you. Get back to your life quick! Judi S.
Thanks for the package - loved it - GOOD LUCK with Everything - you go, Lady! Terrific website - first time on . Love - as always - your buddies - D & L
Hi! I saw you at a benefit concert for the homeless/hungry here in Rochester, NY in early December, '99. I liked your band very much. Unfortunately, I'm on fixed income and can't afford to attend many concerts. I also have to use a public libray computer because I can't afford one. Excuse my language, but it sucks. Well, take care. Bye.
Wheels...are you going to be at CBGB's this New Years'? Hope so
Tom Boulds Was Here
hey tom boulds. Where are you?
hey tattoo vampire. tried to arrange a dec show at cbgbs and we got bumped by joey ramone's gong show. working on the new cd. wheels
Steve Hodos informed me about your website & invited me to visit so here I am. Will probably see you & William at Steve's place on Christmas Eve. Til then, have a happy.
Thaddeus was here Love
Greetings from lovely Palisades New York, Wheels. See you soon, Your constant undertones are making me toothless. Bill Sperger - 9/30/99
Oh Helen...wow...can't wait to see you sing again. Love and Hugs! L.