Parousia played at the legendary Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California on June 4, 1989. The club, located at 9009 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles CA, experienced the artistic visual and musical performance of the newer, more mature West Coast version of Parousia.
This was one of the more thrilling moments in Parousia’s career. Here we were at the world famous Sunset Strip in Hollywood, performing at the Roxy Theater, a long way from the Plant 6 in Kenmore NY.
The band was tight and spot on this evening. We knew what it meant to have an opportunity to perform here and we were well prepared for it. Both Robert and Patrick were in excellent form this night. They were all over that giant stage. This was the type of venue Parousia was conceived to play at. Great house lights and sound were all supplied by the venue and it came with professional engineers and road crew.
This club was very intimate and has a really cool vibe. The way that it’s set up allowed the audience to be up close and personal with the band. You could even see the sweat dripping off our faces… ok, maybe not the best thing… This show featured our keyboardist Marty Leggett from Reno Nevada who joined the group back in December of 1988. Marty loved Korg keyboards and he had quite an arsenal of them.
The crowd at the Roxy was a mixed bag of socialites and locals from all over Los Angeles and had quite a few visitors from overseas, mostly the U.K. We had a great crowd this night and on the dance floor below we featured the Dancers “Untamed” performing their moves to our songs. At that time, the dancers consisted of Susan and Claudine and one other girl whose name escapes me… The Dancers were the perfect addition for such an audacious stage.
*** Gerry North Cannizzaro ***
Jane’s Addiction recorded the basic tracks for their 1987 self-titled debut album, Jane’s Addiction, at The Roxy in January, 1987 and the Red Hot Chili Peppers played their first show there on January 22, 1989.
‘The Rocky Horror Show’ opened its first American run at The Roxy Theatre in 1974, before it was made into the movie ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ the next year.
The small ‘On The Rox’ bar above the club has hosted a wide variety of debauchery in its history. The bar was a regular hangout for John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Alice Cooper and Keith Moon during Lennon’s “lost weekend” in 1973-74 and hosted parties arranged by Heidi Fleiss in the 1980s. According to LA.com, On The Rox “may be forever known as the club where John Belushi partied before fatally overdosing.”