Here are some live recordings from one of Parousia’s most revered and longest running venue’s, Melanie’s.
Parousia’s First Gig at Melanie’s July 20,1980
The July 1980 show at Melanie’s marked the beginning of Parousia’s new “Good vs. Evil” show set which brought into reality a completely new set of material including costumes, props and special effects. The show featured original songs as well as songs by Alice Cooper (“Second Coming” and “the Ballad of Dwight Fry”), Jethro Tull (“Locomotive Breath”, “Cross Eyed Mary”, “Hymn 43”), Kansas, (“the Portrait”), Yes, (“Perpetual Change”), Genesis (“Squonk” and “Abbacab”), Cheap Trick (“Surrender”, “He’s A Whore”) and Blondie (“One Way Or Another” and “I Know But I Don’t Know”).
The song “Hymn 43” featured a six-foot wooden crucifix with a window shade rolled up across the horizontal arm. During the show, we would pull the shade down to reveal a picture of a large bingo card. Man we pissed-off a lot of hard-core Catholic types with that one! During the song, “the Ballad of Dwight Fry” we would us dry ice to flood the stage and then Patrick would crawl out in a straight jacket holding a demented doll and then hurl a fake brain into the audience at the same time a flash-pot explodes during the words, “Blown up in my face”. Fun Times!
Parousia’s Exciting Encore Performance at Melanie’s August 17, 1980
Parousia Returns to Melanie’s Pub August 31, 1980
We were Guaranteed $150.00 and one dollar a head after 100 people. We pulled in 200 people in Melanie’s on a Sunday night. We made $250.00! People heard about our new show set from the July 20th show and it really got their attention.
Parousia Rocks Melanie’s Pub on September 7, 1980
We made $164.00 this night. It was the first full week of school and our mention in the University of Buffalo’s “Band Survival Guide” which listed all the bands in the Buffalo area worth seeing.
This was also the night of the Bob Seger Concert and in spite of that, We still pulled in 116 people on A Sunday night. Seger was incredibly popular in Buffalo at the time. I remember we had to get dressed in the girl’s bathroom at Melanie’s because it was the only place with a mirror and we had to put on our costumes and make up. On the wall of the ladies room, girls wrote stuff like. “Bob Seger is comin’ to Buffalo and I am going to meet him and F*k his brains out.” Another comment written below that one read, “Stay away from him you whore, he’s mine!”
Parousia: Back Once Again at Melanie’s Pub, September 14, 1980
Parousia’s Farewell to Melanie’s Pub October 12, 1980
“We used to get good crowds at Melanie’s Pub at Main and Transit it is now the Buffalo Brew Pub. I remember one night there was a line out the door.”
*** Eric Scheda – Keyboards ***