news from the western front
November 1, 2001
Finally, the helicopter will be playing a show Friday December 7th at
"the Deli" (in Norman, OK). The opener has yet to be determined,
but we have a couple of really good bands that we want to play with
us. Bottom line - don't miss this show. A date with the Starlight Mints
(also in Norman) is in the works, however, several details still need
to be worked out. more on this as it develops, see you all at the Deli...
October 7, 2001
It's been too long since we last played, and the problems with replacing
the Jeffs took its toll on us. But, things are beginning to look
promising. We realize that the process has been slow, but nobody is
more ready for the
comeback than we are. The response to the last helinewsletter was
incredible, and our site received a record number of hits.
Many of you are checking in regularly and we appreciate your interest.
As a result of new-found success, the former hand-written
helinewsletter has been dropped
Although there's not a whole lot of new information to report, we don't
fans to be left in the dark. We have formally acquired bassist Chris
Aplin (The Infinite Jets), while Steven Drozd (Flaming
Lips) is helping out on keyboards until we can find a replacement.
Things are certainly sounding different than before, and the change
is significant. We have worked up a couple of sets and are almost ready
to take it to stage. Chris has picked things up amazingly well and his
moves are stunning. Look for the helicopter's new sound to be more
aggressive than ever.
Booking local shows has been more trouble than I expected. The normal
places are booked well in advance and we are waiting our turn in line.
I'm working hard on this problem
and you should expect
a local show sometime next month. In fact, the
Starlight Mints (currently touring the West Coast) have booked the
American Legion Hall in Norman for the third weekend in November and
they have asked us and Tea
Set Colony to play as well. Believe me, for those who have been
it should be well worth it. I'll let you know more as this show develops.
Otherwise, it's been fairly quiet in our corner of the world. Hang in
with us a bit longer and you won't be disappointed...we