Somewhere East of Niagara Falls and North of North Tonawanda was the town of Wheatfield, NY…. and yes, we played there.
At D.J.’s Stillery we were paid $100.00 to play one set of music on December 11, 1980. The weather was so bad, the club owner decided not to keep the club open all night and we packed it in early. I remember there was a group of girls called “the Palish girls” who watched us perform from time to time. Lisa Palesh worked at TOPS where I worked and she would bring her sisters and friends (when she could tear them away from the Bird/ Golden Pheasant on Delaware) to see us. It was so totally cool that they came all the way out to D.J’s in Wheatfield to see us in such bad winter weather.
D.J’s had a nice stage and was a good sized rock venue. Due to the weather, we had only ‘die hard’ fans in the club on this night but that wasn’t enough to keep the owner from shutting things down early. Still, we had to pay for the truck, the roadies, the light show and sound guy. Needless to say, we came out in the red on this wintry night.
All in all it was a very busy December for us, with plenty of ‘big gigs’. We started the month off with a bang on December 3rd, performing for the first time at one of Buffalo’s biggest and hottest rock clubs ever, Uncle Sam’s in Cheektowaga. We were the opening act for Crossroads (aka: The Beez).
The very next night on December 4, we were called at the last minute to fill in for Cock Robin who cancelled at the Four Fathoms in Medina NY. Then the next night, December 5, we were booked to perform at the Holland Willows in Holland, NY. After a short rest and a few rehearsals, on December 10th we performed as the opening act for Pegasonics at the Granada Theater on Main Street in Buffalo. Pegasonics was performing the debut of their new album, the New New York. That was a night to remember!
We ended the month by playing at a club called Bill’s Lair in Gowanda, NY for an ‘after Christmas, Christmas party’ on December 27th. It was the very next day when we went back to the Music Mall for rehearsal that we discovered a large part of our gear was ‘borrowed without permission’ by a former roadie and we had to stake out a posse in front of his house to get it back… What a way to wrap up 1980.