2009’s ‘Balloon Boy’ Now in Metal Band With Brothers
Remember the story of Falcon Henne, the six-year old boy whose parents, in 2009, had temporarily convinced America that he was floating above Colorado in a giant helium balloon? Well, he's formed a metal band called the Henne Boyz with his two older brothers.
CNN did a "Where Are They Now" piece about the Henne family and discovered that they have relocated to Spring Hill, Fla. As reported by Noisecreep, in 2012 the three children -- now 12-year old Falcon, 14-year old Ryo and 15-year old Bradford -- began billing themselves as "the world's youngest metal band," with Falcon playing bass and singing lead. They credit hearing their mother playing Judas Priest's "Breaking the Law" as the inspiration for getting started.
"We were like, 'Dude, we've got to make a band,'" Bradford said. "Because you can get a lot of girls and stuff, and it's way better than working at McDonald's."
They're also working on a musical called "American Chilly." It's based on a script their father, Richard, wrote in 1999 about a man who goes off on a peyote trip and eats chili laced with a laxative.
One of their songs, "Balloon Boy No Hoax," the video of which is embedded above, is about their brush with fame, which took place on Oct. 15, 2009, when a very large helium balloon took off from their Fort Collins, Col., home – with Falcon supposedly on board. The story got national attention until it was learned that Falcon was in the attic the whole time and that the family had reportedly orchestrated the whole thing with the idea that it would help them get their own reality show. Both parents served time in jail for their role in the stunt.
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