Here’s an audio track that is a favorite of Parousia fans. A cover of Alice Cooper’s “Second Coming/Ballad of Dwight Fry” recorded live at Melanie’s Pub.
October was a very busy month for Parousia and it all started on Friday, the 3rd at Frank’s Casa Nova in Buffalo. The next night, on Wednesday, October 8th the band performed at the Pardi Bar in Cheektowaga, NY and then on Thursday, October 9th it was out to Holland, NY to perform at the Holland Willows, (where at the end of the night, Barry’s foot was crushed when the equipment truck backed into it against the loading dock). You can read all about that fiasco here: https://parousiabuff.com/shows/4500
The band rested on Friday October 10th, and on Saturday the 11th, Parousia played a horrible gig at the South Towner in Orchard Park which was fraught with so many problems it has earned the title of “nightmare gig” in the annals of Parousia history.
Now, it was Sunday, night and we were back at Melanie’s, a familiar space where we could expect a receptive crowd. It was just what we needed to shake off the South Towner gig.
Friends and fans came to see us perform the band’s “Good vs. Evil” show-set which brought into reality a unique compilation of original and cover material adding costumes, props and special effects.
For example, during the song “Hymn 43” we had a six-foot wooden crucifix on stage with a window shade across the horizontal arm. On Cue, we would pull the shade down to reveal a large bingo card. Man did we piss a lot of Catholics off with that one, but people who make it a point to see live bands really liked it.
The “grand-daddy” of the show set was Parousia’s cover of the Alice Cooper song, “The Ballad of Dwight Fry”. In this song, the band used dry-ice to blanket the stage and then Patt would crawl out in a straight jacket drooling green liquid and holding a doll that he stole from a four-year old (pictured above).
At the right moment, Patt would clutch a brain in his hand and then launch it at the audience to the words, “See my lonely mind explode, Blown up in my face”. We kept a bunch of brains in the prop box because the fans kept them. Parousia’s rendition of the song is immortalized in the audio track posted to this page.
The show-set featured music from different genres, including original songs, like “Cotton Holiday” and “Lucifer’s Lament” as well as cover songs by Jethro Tull (“Locomotive Breath”, “Cross Eyed Mary”, “Hymn 43”), Kansas (“The Portrait”), Blondie (“One Way Or Another” and “I Know But I Don’t Know”) and “White Punks On Dope” by the Tubes.
The building where Melanie’s stood at the corner of Main & Transit is still standing today only now, it’s called “the Buffalo Brew House”.