Following Parousia’s Thanksgiving Eve performance at the Holland Willows on Nov. 26, the band returned for an encore on Friday December 5, 1980.
The week after Thanksgiving was a whirl-wind for the band. It all started on Wednesday, December 3rd at Uncle Sam’s. Parousia opened for Crossroads (later known as The Beez). Wednesday night was the “starter band” spot at Uncle Sam’s… If Uncle Sam’s wanted to give your band a shot, they stuck you on a Wednesday night, exposing your band to the fewest people as possible in case you choked, or sucked, or just didn’t fit in as expected… As luck would have it, not only would Parousia play at Uncle Sam’s again, but in September of 1981 the band would broadcast live from Uncle Sam’s on 97 Rock (WGRQ).
On Thursday, Dec. 4th Parousia was called at the last minute to fill-in for Cock Robin at the Four Fathoms in Medina, NY. (It was a 45 mile drive North East of Buffalo on a very snowy night). Then, on Friday Dec. 5th the band returned to the Holland Willows, (33 miles South East of Buffalo on another very snowy night) to wrap up our three-night mini-tour.
There wasn’t much of a crowd at the Holland Willows on this Friday night, the weekend after Thanksgiving. We figured people were staying home, all bloated and happy eating leftovers from last week’s holiday and resting up/saving up for the Christmas holiday.
Still we rocked-on playing our heart-felt “album oriented rock”, covering songs like, “Hold The Line” by Toto, “Locomotive Breath” by Jethro Tull, “Sing Child Sing” by Heart, “Ridin’ The Storm Out” by REO Speed Wagon, “Subway Terror” by Starz, “Heart Breaker” by Pat Benetar, “A Day In The Life” by the Beatles, and an extended version of “You Really Got Me” by the Kinks.
We were paid $325.00 for performing three-sets of music. That didn’t go far after expense, i.e.: the road crew, truck rental, gasoline expense and booking fee. The net was around $30.00 and that would go in savings to pay for equipment repairs and rent at the Music Mall.