Virtual Reality – Dress Rehearsal at Uncle Studios. N. Hollywood

Here are some pictures of Parousia’s dress rehearsal at Uncle Rehearsal Studios in N. Hollywood.  The day before our debut of “Virtual Reality” at the Whisky a Go-Go on the Sunset Strip, January 27, 1991.

Virtual Reality” was a type of theatrical performance; a rock-play based on the technology of the same name.  Once we finished the writing and choreography we realized that the look and sound of the production fell somewhere in between “Tommy” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”.

Patt Connolly, Gerry Cannizzaro and Kenny Gray
Patt Connolly, Gerry Cannizzaro and Kenny Gray at Uncle Rehearsal Studios, N, Hollywood, CA
Patt Connolly, Gerry Cannizzaro and Kenny Gray
Patt Connolly, Gerry Cannizzaro and Kenny Gray
Patt Connolly, Gerry Cannizzaro Jeremy Yeremian and Kenny Gray

After Parousia’s “sneak preview” performance of Virtual Reality at Madame Wong’s back in November of 1990, we brought the show back to another round of rehearsals to enhance the performance and iron out any kinks in the flow.  The band members and performers in attendance: Downey Cane played by Patt Connolly, vocals and flute; Sebastian B. Brack, played by Iain Hersey, guitar and vocals; Justine Tyme played by Kenny Gray, bass guitar and vocals; Jeremy Yerimian, keyboards and Gerry North Cannizzaro, drums.

Claudine Connolly, Patt Connolly, Gerry Cannizzaro
Claudine Regian, Patt Connolly, Gerry Cannizzaro
Iain Heresey, Patt Connolly, Claudine, Jeremy and Kenny
Iain Hersey, Patt Connolly, Claudine, Jeremy and Kenny
Iain Hersey (aka" Sebastian B. Brack) Claudine Regian ( aka: the Nurse), Patt Connolly (Aka: Downey Cane)
Iain Hersey (aka” Sebastian B. Brack) Claudine Regian ( aka: the Nurse), Patt Connolly (Aka: Downey Cane)

This was our last dress rehearsal right before our big opening-night gig at the world famous Whisky a–Go-Go on January 27.   Claudine Regian did an excellent job choreographing the girls and making it work on a limited stage at Uncle Rehearsal Studios in North Hollywood.

Margaret Stickland, Kenny Grey, Jeremy Yeremian and Karen Springer
Margaret Stickland, Kenny Grey, Jeremy Yeremian and Karen Springer

Uncle was the best rehearsal studio we could find that to accommodate the Parousia Group.  Uncle provided a room with not only a good-sized stage but a large dance floor lined with mirrors as well. That was exactly what we needed; to see what we were doing in real time.  Us musicians worked on our music and moves on-stage while the dancers worked on their performance both on-stage and in front of the stage. This was exactly the way we were to do it tomorrow night at the Whisky a Go-Go.

A word about Uncle Studios… over the years, Uncle had many top national recording acts rehearse there and this is just a few of them: The Dream Syndicate,  Devo, The Stray Cats, Circa, Conspiracy,  Yes, Weather Report, Corey Feldman, Billy Sherwood, Unruly Child, Lou Diamond Phillips, Scott Grimes, Mr. Mister,  Quiet Riot, Nirvana, Limp Bizkit, Weird Al Yankovic, Dave Davies, Player, Redbone,  Rat,  Angel, Nancy Sinatra, Jerry Sallas, Tori Amos, Ronnie Montrose, Robin Trower, The Dickies, NoFX, Skinny Puppy, Boney James and so on!

Iain Hersey, Gerry Cannizzaro and Kenny Gray
Jeremy Yeremian and Kenny Gray, aka: Justin Tyme

It was a full house at the studio.  Our manager and booking agent Marianne Smith was there and so was former Parousia keyboardist Eric Scheda with his friend Russ, a professional audio engineer and studio musician.

Patt Connolly
Patt Connolly aka: Downey Cane
Russ (left) and Eric Scheda, studio engineer and former keyboardist for Parousia
Russ (left) and Eric Scheda, studio engineer at Rusk Studios Hollywood and former keyboardist for Parousia

We had the dancers, Claudine Regian (as the nurse), Gina Raffel, Karen Springer, Margaret Strickland and Lisa Hendershot, (as the inventor).  Helping us move and set up the equipment was our Berendo Street room mate Rob (Rex) Rader.  The band and entourage was so big; we decided to change the name of the band from “Parousia” to “The Parousia Group” to include everyone working hard at getting this theatrical-rock show off the ground.

Claudine Regian
Claudine Regian, 1991
Margaret Strickland and Karen Springer
Margaret Strickland and Karen Springer, 1991
Karen Springer
Karen Springer, 1991
Margaret Strickland and Gina Raffel
Margaret Strickland and Gina Raffel, 1991

After the rehearsal, we headed outside the studio on Kester Avenue and took a bunch of promo photos for the poster we would hang in the doorway of the Whisky at our performance tomorrow. The urban setting was grimy and gritty and kinda’ perfect for a background.

The Parousia Group 1990 - From left to right (Front): Claudine Regian, Patt Connolly, Karen Springer. (Mid back): Iain Hersey, Gina Raffel, Margaret Strickland and Gerry N. Cannizzaro. (Back): Jeremy Yeremian and Kenny Gray
The Parousia Group 1990 – From left to right (Front): Claudine Regian, Patt Connolly, Karen Springer. (Mid back): Iain Hersey, Gina Raffel, Margaret Strickland, Gerry N. Cannizzaro. (Back): Jeremy Yeremian and Kenny Gray
The Parousia Group 1990 - From left to right (Front) Claudine Regian, Patt Connolly, Karen Springer. (Mid back) Iain Hersey, Gina Raffel
The Parousia Group 1990
The Parousia Group 1990 - From left to right (Front) Claudine Regian, Patt Connolly, Karen Springer. (Mid back) Iain Hersey, Gina Raffel
Patt Connolly, Claudine Regian, Iain Hersey, Karen Springer and Kenny Gray
Patt Connolly, Claudine Regian, Iain Hersey, Karen Springer and Kenny Gray
Karen Springer. Gina Raffel Kenny Gray Patt Connolly Iain Hersey and Margaret Strickland.
Karen Springer, Claudine Connolly, Patt Connolly, Margaret Strickland and Gina Raffel
Karen Springer, Claudine Connolly, Patt Connolly, Margaret Strickland and Gina Raffel
Iain Hersey, Claudine Connolly, Karen Springer, Margaret Strickland and Gina Raffel
Iain Hersey, Claudine Connolly, Karen Springer, Margaret Strickland and Gina Raffel
Gina Raffel, Iain Hersey, Margaret Strickland, Claudine Regian and Karen Springer
Gina Raffel, Iain Hersey, Margaret Strickland, Claudine Regian and Karen Springer
Patt Connolly (Flute and vocals), Iain Hersey (guitar and vocals) and Kenny Gray (bass guitar)
Patt Connolly (Flute and vocals), Iain Hersey (guitar and vocals) and Kenny Gray (bass guitar)
Jerry Yeremian (keyboards) and Gerry North Cannizzaro (drums)
Jerry Yeremian (keyboards) and Gerry North Cannizzaro (drums)
Marianne Smith (manager and booking agent) Gerry Cannizzaro, Kenny Gray, Iain Hersey, Patt Connolly and Jeremy Yerimian
Marianne Smith (manager and booking agent) Gerry Cannizzaro, Kenny Gray, Iain Hersey, Patt Connolly and Jeremy Yerimian

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