Parousia’s first consistent (and not at someone’s house) rehearsal place was in various parts of All Saints Elementary School, located on Esser Ave. in Riverside, Buffalo New York.
Every Sunday, Parousia rehearsed at the School through the winter and spring of 1976 from noon until 5pm. The school was our place of choice because it had a piano and an organ available so that Steve Soos could practice with us. Although at times, Steve was just too busy to join in. Parousia still didn’t have our own portable keyboard yet but that would soon change with the acquisition of the Vox Jaguar Organ in the spring of 1976. Sometimes we would play in the main hall of the school near the front doors and a crowd of people would gather outside and watch us play through the glass windows. We liked having the audience peek in and it was a good motivating factor for us to look and sound as if we knew what we were doing.
Now that we had John McGovern as a lead guitarist (and sound technician), we were playing songs like they were meant to be played and not just ‘jamming’.
We were rehearsing the following set of songs:
Angie (Rolling Stones), Proud Mary (Creedence Clearwater Revival), Spinning Wheel (Blood, Sweat and Tears), Don’t Fear the Reaper (Blue Oyster Cult), Day Tripper (Beatles), Show Me The Way (Peter Frampton), Summer Sky (an original by Barry), Black Magic Woman (Santana), Tickle My Fancy (an original).
Chameleon (Herbie Hancock), Eight Days a Week (Beatles), All my Lovin’ (Beatles), Hey Jude (Beatles), Can Can Polka, Play my Guitar (Quicksilver Messenger Service), Birthday (Beatles), Baby I Love Your Way (Peter Frampton), Bad Moon Rising (Creedence Clearwater Revival), I’m Free (the Who), Ballad of ‘The Wasted Mind’ (original song).
House of the Rising Sun (the Animals), (You’ve Got to Change Your) Evil Ways (Santana), Can’t You See (Marshall Tucker), the Bunny Hop, Hokey Pokey, Spanish Eyes, Theme from Mash.
(Been a Long Time Since I) Rock & Roll (Led Zeppelin), Space Truckin’ (Deep Purple), La’ Grange (ZZ Top), Jumping Jack Flash, (Rolling Stones) You’re Still the One (Orleans), Satisfaction (Rolling Stones), Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry), Wild Thing (the Troggs), Smoke on the Water (Deep Purple), Keep on Rockin’ Me Baby (Steve Miller), Communications Breakdown (Led Zeppelin) , Suffragette City (David Bowie), Whole Lotta’ Love (Led Zeppelin) and A Hard Days Night (Beatles).
As you can see, we were still playing songs like the “Hokey Pokey” and the “Bunny Hop” in hopes that All Saints would consider us to perform at one of their many lawn fetes which drew an audience of mostly the young, the elderly and those who loved free beer (mostly Koch’s as i recall).