Parousia had the honor of opening up for Pegasonics at the “This Is Buffalo” music event at the Granada Theater on Main Street, sponsored by WZIR radio, in December of 1980. I recall the “This Is Buffalo” thing at the Granada went on for a few days featuring many local Buffalo bands, culminating in a show where Pegasonics, a re-engineered Pegasus, unveiled their new concept album “New New York” (which is awesome, by the way, I still have mine).
This is a particularly fond memory for me, as it really was an historical moment. Pegasus became Pegasonics, a Buffalo band’s local independent album was released with a fanfare not seen before (and probably not since), and we got to play in the acoustically superior, history laden Granada theater, shortly before it’s demise.
It was especially cool for me as, being at Main and Winspear, that was my neighborhood and maybe a mile from where I lived for a good portion of my life. It feels really good to get up on a big theater stage in front of hundreds of attentive people, surrounded by friends, right in the neighborhood you grew up in.
Gerry offers some thoughts on this show and the images below:
Cool facts about the Granada Theater:
This very large elegant movie theater in northeast Buffalo, NY opened in 1941. It was operated by the Schine Circuit for many years.
It was special place for us in our time. The Granada Theater was the only theater in Buffalo to feature “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” on a regular basis for many years. It was a grand event… people from all over Western NY and Canada would come dressed as their favorite character from the movie. During the course of the show, people would imitate scenes and dance on stage to match the actors on the screen, or throw baloney (Meatloaf again!), spray water bottles to simulate rain, etc… It was a great place at a great time to have fun.
Sadly, after its closing, the auditorium was eventually torn down and a gas station now stands in its place. Oddly enough, the facade and lobby were salvaged and used as a pizzeria. (see photo).
Regarding the “Rockers” Print Advertisement below dated February 1980…
In December of 1979 Parousia had just replaced Keyboardist Dave Maltbie with Eric Scheda. We were very busy in Keith Gregor’s Music Mall rehearsing our material and getting ready for future gigs. At the same time, we released several print-ads, published in “Rockers” magazine.
The ad from February of 1980 pictured here, reveals a new twist on the old Parousia logo and is one of my personal favorites. The front cover features Chuck Cavanaugh, Steve Trecaise and Mark Freeland from the prog-rock group “Pegasonics”, (f.k.a: Pegasus).
Pegasonics was ready to release their new concept album “The New New York” to an eager Western NY audience. Their premier performance to take place at the treasured Granada Theater in December of 1980 with Parousia opening the show.
(Remind me to tell my “Steve Trecaise was too stoned” story from that evening.)
The “New New York” inspired the release of more of the bands independent efforts, such as Steve’s “Trelaine productions” and his song, “I’m With You” and the birth of Mark Freeland’s Electroman and his first vinyl single release, “Let’s Stay Up and Party ‘till Six In the Morning” which became a local favorite.