Parousia’s First Show at Uncle Sam’s Nightclub – 12.03.1980
This was Parousia’s first time performing at Uncle Sam’s, one of the biggest and most attended concert venues in Buffalo. We were opening up for Crossroads, a very popular local band, who later changed their name to ‘the Beez’.
At the same time this show rolled around, Parousia received a mention in the new Tops newsletter. Ah yes, life as a stock boy at “Tops Friendly Markets” on Kenmore Ave. was both challenging and demanding, but I sure had a lot of fun.
Not long after this gig, Crossroads changed their name to the Beez. Like us, their booking agent was Dave Buffamonti of Backstage Productions. The Beez played many songs by Aerosmith and an excellent rendition of “I Shot The Sheriff” by Eric Clapton. I remember the Beez performing at Shea’s Theater when they opened for Ambrosia. Maybe that’s why they thought they were better than us… but soon after that Parousia landed a track on the 97 Rock album and our own live broadcast from Uncle Sam’s nightclub. Parousia was one up on the Beez at that point.
Parousia’s Second Show at Uncle Sam’s Nightclub – 02.05.1981
I don’t know what it was, but there was some sort of rivalry between Parousia and the Beez. Was it because we shared the same management and booking agency and were vying for special attention? Or maybe because their band photo made it look like the Beez were going to kill you with their instruments..?
I don’t know why, but when The Beez found out they were performing with Parousia at Uncle Sam’s, the Beez cancelled the show. Although we were very disappointed at first, two weeks later, Parousia’s song “Miss Ogyny” landed a track on the 97 Rock “homegrown album” and then in March we kicked their ass at the Fast Annie’s ‘Spring Jam’.
Parousia’s Encore Performance – Final Uncle Sam’s Show 09.10.1981
One week after our live radio broadcast from Uncle Sam’s, Parousia returned for one more performance, splitting the bill with another popular local band at that time, The Beez.