Thursday night December 10, 1981, the band was back at Dad’s at a time when we really needed it because we could always count on our fans at Dad’s to help us feel appreciated.
Our December 5th show at Fast Annie’s last Saturday was a real “downer”. It seemed pretty clear that some of the workers at the club didn’t like our band for some reason and tried to sabotage our set. In particular, we were playing the song “Love Her Madly” by the Doors and Garth was singing lead. But off stage, someone at either the sound board or the DJ booth was singing into a microphone amplified though the stage monitors. The singing was way out of tune and overwhelmingly loud.
It was so bad; it made it difficult to hear the instruments on stage and the band almost stopped playing which would have broke one of our cardinal rules of performing live, “no matter what happens on stage, don’t stop”. The audience heard the horrible singing and not knowing what was going on, they likely thought it was our band that sucked.
We didn’t complain. There were many problems tearing at the band and no one wanted to start another one. Our financial situation was bad and getting worse. The necessary expenses were eating almost every dollar we made and there was nothing left for the musicians.
Tonight, the band was paid $225.00. Dave Styn “head-roadie” promoted to “sound-man” set up and ran the mix for $40.00. A few roadies joined the entourage tonight which cost us $40.00. Mike Carroll’s light show cost $40.00. Gas for the car and rental van used to transport the band and entourage to and from the gig cost $20.00. The rental truck cost $45.00 and Backstage Productions took mercy upon us and instead of taking their usual 15% booking fee, they took $20.00 only. In total our expense was $205.00 for the night leaving us with $20.00 to put towards rent at the Music Mall.
On the up-side, the band kicked-ass tonight! Delivering non-stop (except for breaks) classic hits like “Ridin’ The Storm Out”, “Toronto Tonto’s”, “Won’t get Fooled Again”, “Hold Your head Up”, “Train Kept a’ Rolling”, “AbbaCab”, “Perpetual Change” and more… the audience loved it which gave us a better perspective on things and Parousia looked ahead to the next gig on Saturday night at the Shady Grove in Boston, NY.