97 Rock Live Broadcast from Uncle Sam’s 9-3-1981

Here are four tracks recorded live at Uncle Sam’s, a very large night club with a big stage featuring national and local acts.  I remember my sister Wendy telling me about seeing bands like the early Alice Cooper and MC5 tearing up the stage in the 60’s and early 70’s, and myself seeing many a band there in the later 70’s and into the 80’s, like Gang of Four, Plasmatics and Talking Heads.

Uncle Sams Live Broadcast Buffalo Backstage Ad Thurs. 09.03.81

Uncle Sams Live Broadcast Buffalo Backstage Ad Thurs. 09.03.81

So you can imagine how excited I was to find out we would be playing on that same stage, opening for a national recording act, with our performance being broadcast live over the radio on WGRQ, aka 97 Rock, probably the most popular rock radio station at the time (not to take anything away from WPHD, WBNY, WBFO, WUWU, WUFO et al).

Uncle Sams Live Broadcast Gusto Ad Thurs. 09.03.81

Uncle Sams Live Broadcast Gusto Ad Thurs. 09.03.81

The club was packed, which is saying a lot because it was so big, and the crowd was really into the show and responsive.  I would have to say I remember this one as being one of our better, more memorable gigs.  Did I mention the nice big stage?  Even after giving up some space for the headliner’s equipment, we still had lots more room to work with than our usual small clubs allow us.  And the fact that our performance was being broadcast, but the headliner’s was not, made us feel all the more appreciated.

Parousia Finances Uncle Sam's 9-3-1981

Parousia Finances Uncle Sam’s 9-3-1981

Parousia was paid only $75.00 to perform live on the radio at Uncle Sam’s.  No worries, the band certainly didn’t do this gig for the money because it isn’t often you get one of your songs included on a compilation LP and get to perform on stage at one of the top music clubs in Buffalo AND broadcast live over the radio-waves on one of the most popular FM Rock music stations in town, WGRQ, 97 Rock!

Sound engineer Gregg Filippone showed up to help monitor the sound board for $10.00.  Head roadie Dave Styn was paid $10.00 and regular roadies Steve Styn, Keith Huels, Tom (Tim) Miller were paid $5.00 each to assist in carrying stuff to and fro.  All in all expense totaled $65.00 and ended up $10.00 in the black.   A great night all the way around indeed!

Uncle Sams Live Broadcast V.I.P Invitation Thurs. 09.03.81

Uncle Sams Live Broadcast V.I.P Invitation Thurs. 09.03.81

Buffalo Backstage Oct. Review of Uncle Sams Live Show Broadcast 09.03.1981

Buffalo Backstage Oct. Review of Uncle Sams Live Show Broadcast 09.03.1981

Buffalo Backstage Cover Art Oct. 1981

Buffalo Backstage Cover Art Oct. 1981

Mary Grady and Scott Smith win the 97 Rock / Uncle Sam’s promotion during Parousia’s Live Broadcast.

I don’t remember all that much about LA (formerly Love Affair), other than that they put on a good show featuring well written songs, but here’s a little info Gerry dug up for us:

A little about the band Love Affair from Cleveland...
In 1974 this band was known as “Stairway”.  They changed their name to “Love Affair” around 1976.  As names were bandied about, the name Love Affair was decided on because, as Rich Spina puts it, “…it was the least hated of all the names we came up with.”  Some time in the 80’s the band shortened their name to simply “L.A.”  Their live show included pyrotechnics, a revolving drum riser and band members walking through the clubs interacting (wirelessly) with their fans.
Love Affair from Cleveland, Ohio - 1980

Love Affair from Cleveland, Ohio – 1980

Uncle Sam's Wants You! ... to Party with Parousia Sept 3 1981

Uncle Sam’s Wants You! … to Party with Parousia Sept 3 1981

Uncle Sam's Walden Ave Buffalo NY

Uncle Sam’s Walden Ave Buffalo NY

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