The Pardi Bar was a small pub located out in Cheektowaga right around where Broadway does that weird split. This was the first week the Pardi Bar elected to have live music, so the crowd was pretty good. Live bands were a novelty here and that’s good for us, considering Parousia was very big on novelty with characters like Kim Watts, Robert Lowden and Barry Cannizzaro in the band. Our dynamic and entertaining performances kept us in demand and we were playing once, twice and sometimes three times a week.
We kicked off the busy month of October on Friday the 3rd at Frank’s Casa Nova on Bailey in Buffalo, then the Pardi Bar on Wednesday October 8th, Thursday the 9th at the Holland Willows in Holland NY, Saturday the 11th at the Southtowner, Orchard Park, NY and then on the 12th we did our last Sunday night show at Melanie’s in Williamsville, NY.
Parousia was on a high-note. Ever since we signed with Buffalo Backstage back in August, the band was playing non-stop. Every week we had something going on plus rehearsals at the Music Mall.
Our current show in 1980 consisted of original songs like “Myron”, “Lucifer’s Lament”, “Cotton Holiday” and “Revelation”, plus a wide range of cover tunes like, “He’s A Whore”, “Surrender” and “Hello There Ladies and Gentleman” by Cheap Trick, “Dreamer” and “School” by Supertramp, “I Know But I Don’t Know” and “One Way Or Another” by Blondie, “Hymn 43”, “Locomotive Breath” and “Cross Eyed Mary” by Jethro Tull and “Subway Terror” by Starz. …That was some of the more ‘high-contrast’ material.
Then, we had our more progressive numbers like “Hocus Pocus” by Focus, “He Knew” by Kansas, “Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’” by Journey, “Hold the Line” by Toto and “Won’t Get Fooled Again” by the WHO…
That was us, we were poised and ready to cover any crazy song we agreed on (like Second Coming/ Ballad of Dwight Fry by Alice Cooper) and with seven of us in the band to cover all kinds of instrumentation and vocal parts… it seemed possible.