The band was “back in the hood” at The Plant-6 in Kenmore, still riding high on our 97 Rock live radio broadcast at Uncle Sam’s back on September 3rd and encore Uncle Sam’s performance on September 10th. In between those two shows, the band played at the Plant-6, September 4th and 5th. A review of the band’s Uncle Sam’s show was published in Buffalo Backstage Magazine.
The whole month of September was jammed packed with gigs and some of them, like Uncle Sam’s really stood out. Our concert at Buff State College on September 11th was incredible. The crowd went nuts when we played “Won’t Get Fooled Again” by the WHO.
Then, the band embarked on a road-trip, performing three nights in row beginning September 17th at the Starting Gate Café in Buffalo, September 18th at the Rusty Nail in Jamestown, NY and then September 19th at the Wooden Nickel in Olean, NY. Then on September 25th the band headed out to Franklinville to perform at the Kinfolk Corral.
The band ended the month playing the Plant-6 on September 26th and then started the month of October performing there again for the weekend, Friday and Saturday October 9th-10th, 1981. After being on the road, we looked forward to playing locally at the Plant-6.
Compared to our out-of-town shows, the Plant-6 was a low stress gig… that is of course with the exception of Fish-Fry Friday… We arrived at the Plant-6 with the equipment truck around 6 pm on Friday October 9th, ready to load-in, set-up and then do a sound check.
We couldn’t go forward with that plan until the ladies who ran the Fish Fry gave us permission to use the stage and they were very stubborn about it. That’s because they had the owners muscle behind them. Fish Fry Friday at the Plant-6 was a BIG DEAL. It made a lot of money for the Plant-6, a lot more than Parousia did.
So there we stood… the band, the roadies, sound and lighting engineer all waiting for the Fish-Fry to end. There were tables everywhere, full of people chomping down on a hefty portion fish, French-fries, coleslaw, rolls with butter and tartar sauce. They were using the stage as a serving platform and there was no room for us to set-up. We waited and waited… but the hungry people kept coming.
When it got to be 7:30 pm, we started our siege to take the stage. They saw the look in our eyes and didn’t screw with us. We kept pushing their stuff farther and farther towards the end of the stage and they eventually pulled it away. Other than Fish-Fry Friday madness. Once we were setup, we didn’t have to break it all down. We could leave the stage the way it was for Saturday nights gig.
The band was paid $500 to play both Friday and Saturday. Because we were local, our entourage was larger (and more expensive) than usual.
Gregg Filippone showed up to set-up and run the sound for both nights. Mike Carroll ran the lights. Dave Styn “Head Roadie” was there along with the second-tier roadies, Steve Styn, Tom (Tim) Miller and Keith Huels. We had two “newbie” roadies, Randy and Paul.
After all expenses were paid we made $34.00. Well, at least all the expense was paid, the rest would go towards rent at the Music Mall.