December 21, 1989 – Parousia Headlines Club 88 With Dudley Taft & Gary Lee

Parousia at Club 88 with Patt Connolly, Gerry Cannizzaro, Marty Leggett, Dudley Taft and Gary Lee.

Parousia at Club 88 with Patt Connolly, Gerry Cannizzaro, Marty Leggett, Dudley Taft and Gary Lee.

Coming soon: Seven video clips recorded live in 1989 at Club 88 in Los Angeles, CA.

This was our very first gig with bassist Gary Lee, and came right after our dress rehearsal at Uncle Studios in North Hollywood earlier in the month. Parousia finally had a “dedicated” musician playing the bass guitar and Marty Leggett was freed up to use both hands to play more textured sounds on the keyboards.

When Gary Lee joined Parousia he was a full-time local musician scrounging with the pack for a paid gig and hoping to land a spot playing with the next “big-thing”. Gary liked to spread his bets around and was performing in a few bands at the same time.  Gary went wherever the money went.

Tickets to Club 88 - December 21, 1989

Tickets to Club 88 – December 21, 1989

Tonight’s gig sounded pretty good but was less energetic than usual… maybe there were too many of us on the stage and no room to get crazy? Maybe the dim luminescence from the ultra-cheap flood-lights was lulling us into a sleep-state?  Not sure, but the band was certainly sounding good and the crowd was into it.

Perhaps the conundrum was Parousia was now “down” to two founding members and the three newcomers were now the majority.  When we had Garth Huels and Robert Lowden in the band, we had “special” chemistry and were dedicated to developing interesting and memorable parts to play in our songs but I wasn’t so sure about the new guys… it seemed they were looking to do the minimum and still expect us to land a record deal ‘tomorrow’ because in a town like L.A., if something wasn’t working there was plenty of opportunity to go elsewhere instead of staying and working to fix it.

However starting over isn’t a bad thing, as we were all to find out in the coming spring.

The Parousia “NEWCOMERS”: Dudley Taft, Gary Lee and Marty Leggett

The Parousia “NEWCOMERS”: Dudley Taft, Gary Lee and Marty Leggett

1 comment for “December 21, 1989 – Parousia Headlines Club 88 With Dudley Taft & Gary Lee

  1. GerryNorth
    June 12, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    I remember i tried to organize Dudley, Gary and Marty into “writing teams” to inspire creativity and new music. A technique Parousia used in the past when Garth, Bob, Barry and Eric were in the band. Now that we had three new members, we needed to write new songs and fast. After this show, i asked Dudley to write a song with Patrick and Gary to write a song with Marty… Gary looked right at me and laughed, “I’m going to write a song with Dudley instead.” It was then i realized what little regard these new guys had for what worked “in the past”. They had their own mind and own way of doing things. I didn’t care as long as they followed through.

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