Parousia played Daemen College, located at 4380 Main St. in Amherst, NY 14226 in 1981 and again in 1982.
March 20, 1981 – Daemen College Concert
Our first big gig at Daemen college and we could officially bill ourselves as ‘Buffalo Recording artists’ thanks to our song ‘Miss Ogyny’ making an appearance on the Buffalo Homegrown 97 Rock album and all of the resulting airplay on WGRQ FM.
We loved Daeman, it had a big stage a great dressing room and an enthusiastic liquored up crowd. Parousia always loved a big stage and tonight was the night. We played all of our original songs and some killer cover songs all wrapped into one big Parousia-esque show performed in our own unique and entertaining way. We were well received here, the students, alumni and faculty really liked our concert and invited us to return the following year. We couldn’t wait to come back.
February 13, 1982 – Daemen College Concert
This was Parousia’s annual return to Daemen College and this was where we wanted to be… playing the college circuit. We were flattered that the students enjoyed last year’s show so much that they brought us back for an encore. Of course it did help that our band was more affordable than most other local bands contracted through Starstruck or JR productions. So we planned a hot show on this cold Buffalo night in February for the many college guys and gals in attendance that were quite well lit and ready to rock!
Since the last time we played here, we no longer had Kim Watts in the band and we added a bunch of new songs to our roster like, Lucifer’s Lament, Perpetual Change and Abacab. We gave everything we had for our audience that night until we were all shagged-out. The audience loved it.
Then afterward, disaster struck… during tear-down and load out, Gregg Filippone, (our sound engineer), got stuck in the freight elevator. The lift began its journey to the bottom floor but never made it… it jammed half-way down the shaft and there was no way Gregg could crawl out. He was trapped in there for about two hours and he literally freaked… he started screaming and broke the elevator door and other things trying to escape but there was nothing he or any of us could do… We stood there helpless watching him run around like a hamster in a cage.
About 1:45 am we finally tracked down the janitor who showed up to the scene of the emergency with his squeaky-wheeled bucket and string mop as if he could somehow clean Gregg out of there… It took him only a few minutes before assessing the situation as hopeless and defaulted to an engineer to get the elevator working.
I think we spent about three hours in total trying to rescue poor Gregg from the mechanical clutches of the demon lift. Once it was working, it took us to about 4:30 am to finish loading the equipment into the truck and then the drive back to the Music Mall in Cheektowaga to unload before heading home to bed.
Of course, it wasn’t long until we heard back from the college. Apparently, the elevator door was irreparably busted and the Daemen bureaucratic pin-heads withheld our pay and then turned around and sued us for property damage! We couldn’t afford an attorney, so Patt and Barry (the dim-witted guitarist) led the challenge into the legal arena to take up intellectual arms against the school’s lawyer.
In spite of that, we actually won our battle in court and were paid our back wages.
The judge opined that when the elevator malfunctioned, Gregg’s life was perceived to be ‘in grave danger’ and Gregg ‘did what was reasonable’ to try and get out of there and therefore Parousia could not be held financially liable for the damage or the cost of repairs. The gavel of justice descended >bang< case dismissed!
And there you go… yet another litigious moment brought to you by the Parousia road crew who, for a matter or record, we couldn’t have done without.