Our third gig at the Whisky was on Saturday March 11, 1989. Our keyboardist, Bill Simms left Parousia at the end of November. One night, while at band rehearsal at Robert’s place on Tularosa Ave in Silverlake, he looked at all of us and proclaimed, “I am not a trained monkey” and promptly quit. We immediately advertised in ‘BAM’ and ‘Music Connection’ magazine for a replacement and discovered the talent of Marty Leggett, a new arrival to L.A. from Reno Nevada.
Marty had his own keyboards set up (Korg) and knew many of the progressive rock songs our band liked. Marty joined Parousia on December 26, 1988 and began rehearsing with the band all through January of 1989. The Whisky show was our second gig with Marty, who did a great job overall and really filled out the sound of the band nicely.
We did a “warm-up” show at Club 88 on February 17th before we booked the “big-show” at the Whisky. We wanted to be sure Marty was well broken-in before we played for the persnickety West Hollywood crowd. We performed with three other bands that night. Artex opened the show and we were up second at 9 pm. Headlining was a heavy metal group called Cherry Blonde