In February of 1988 the rock band Parousia began rehearsing at Bob’s house on Tularosa Dr. in Silver Lake, just a few miles East of Hollywood.
The house was small and cozy and we practiced our songs in the living room with soundproofing stapled up to the walls. We had a lot of rehearsing to do. This was our first chance to play and ‘turn it up to 11’ since we moved to Los Angeles about a year ago.
But we weren’t dormant. From the time we landed in Hollywood, we started marketing our cassettes and video to rock promoters, managers, agents and club owners under the name the Original Music Organization. The previous month we landed a review in Buffalo’s Night Life magazine for our newly released cassette EP “Turnaround”, produced by Colin Hilborne at Mark Studios in Clarence, NY.
At this point the band consisted of Patt Connolly on vocals and flute, Bill Simms on keyboards and bass, Gerry North Cannizzaro on drums and for now, Robert was our lead guitarist as we still were not sure what was going to happen with Garth. We had to forge on and roll with the change. It wasn’t easy without Garth. We not only were missing a critical piece of our artistic chemistry but also a good friend and core member of the group.