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.
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).
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 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!
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: