From New York Rock: From the Rise of the Velvet Underground to the Fall of CBGB:
"The Blessed learned the ropes hanging out with older junkie-rockers like Sid Vicious and Johnny Thunders. Fifteen-year-olds Howie Pyro (Kusten), Nick Berlin (Petti), and Billy Stark (Stone) played their first show Christmas night 1977 at Max's with DNA (who also could barely play). Photographer Eileen Polk briefly drummed, replaced by Pyro's Queens friend Brad 'BJ' Barnett. Walter Lure was all over 1979's 'Deep Frenzy' 45."
From Flipside #15 (1979):
"The Blessed, with Walter Lure still on lead guitar, thrilled over eight hundred people at a Sunday afternoon concert as part of the annual Rock 'N Roll Convention at the Diplomat Hotel, sponsored by radio station WPIX. Last summer, the Blessed played at a private party thrown by Chip Carter (the president's son). After the latest show, manager Eileen Polk lead singer Billy and bassist Howie were all photographed in his studio by Scavullo, for possible inclusion in a new book. And Walter Lure's birthday party at the Mudd Clubb included the best cake fight I've ever seen, plus appearances by Danny Fields, Johnny Thunders, Anton Perich, NATASHA, her parnter, George Harrison III, Billy Balls, Klaus Nomi, the Misfits, Kristian Hoffman, Bradley Fields, gorgeous Donna Destry, the Zone Brothers, Pierre D'Aix and Trixi."