Parousia rocks Uncle Sam’s nightclub in Cheektowaga 1980 – 1981

 

Parousia’s First Show at Uncle Sam’s Nightclub – 12.03.1980

This was Parousia’s first time performing at Uncle Sam’s, one of the biggest and most attended concert venues in Buffalo.  We were opening up for Crossroads, a very popular local band, who later changed their name to ‘the Beez’.

At the same time this show rolled around, Parousia received a mention in the new Tops newsletter.  Ah yes, life as a stock boy at “Tops Friendly Markets” on Kenmore Ave. was both challenging and demanding, but I sure had a lot of fun.

Not long after this gig, Crossroads changed their name to the Beez.  Like us, their booking agent was Dave Buffamonti of Backstage Productions.  The Beez played many songs by Aerosmith and an excellent rendition of “I Shot The Sheriff” by Eric Clapton.  I remember the Beez performing at Shea’s Theater when they opened for Ambrosia.  Maybe that’s why they thought they were better than us… but soon after that Parousia landed a track on the 97 Rock album and our own live broadcast from Uncle Sam’s nightclub.  Parousia was one up on the Beez at that point.

Uncle Sam's nite club - 2525 Walden Ave, Cheektowaga, NY

Parousia at Uncle Sam’s nightclub – 2525 Walden Ave, Cheektowaga, NY

Uncle Sam's was a large popular nightclub featuring top acts like Alice Cooper, MC5 and Parousia!

Uncle Sam’s was a large venue and a popular nightclub featuring top acts like Alice Cooper, MC5 and Parousia!

Tops newsletter featuring Parousia - Dec 1980

Tops newsletter featuring Parousia and other juicy bits of relationship gossip. – Dec 1980

Parousia writes new material in an inspirational setting - Forest Lawn cemetery 1980

Parousia writes new material in an inspirational setting – Forest Lawn cemetery 1980

Parousia’s Second Show at Uncle Sam’s Nightclub – 02.05.1981

The Beez

The Beez

I don’t know what it was, but there was some sort of rivalry between Parousia and the Beez.  Was it because we shared the same management and booking agency and were vying for special attention?  Or maybe because their band photo made it look like the Beez were going to kill you with their instruments..?

I don’t know why, but when The Beez found out they were performing with Parousia at Uncle Sam’s, the Beez cancelled the show.  Although we were very disappointed at first, two weeks later, Parousia’s song “Miss Ogyny” landed a track on the 97 Rock “homegrown album” and then in March we kicked their ass at the Fast Annie’s ‘Spring Jam’.

Parousia scheduled to play at Uncle Sam's on 02.05.1981

Parousia scheduled to play at Uncle Sam’s on 02.05.1981. Cancelled by the Beez.

Parousia 1981 - ready for the gig that 'never was' at Uncle Sam's

Parousia 1981 – ready for the gig that ‘never was’ at Uncle Sam’s

Parousia's Third Show at Uncle Sam's 09.03.1981
Our third show at Uncle Sam’s was the best and most widely known, thanks to a live broadcast of our performance over the airwaves on WGRQ one one the most popular radio stations in Western NY.  We gave this show it’s own dedicated page on this website.  You can read more by clicking the link here:  Parousia opens for Cleveland Ohio’s national recording artists “L.A.” and the Parousia portion of the show is broadcast live on Buffalo’s premier FM radio station, WGRQ 97 Rock!

Parousia’s Encore Performance – Final Uncle Sam’s Show 09.10.1981

One week after our live radio broadcast from Uncle Sam’s, Parousia returned for one more performance, splitting the bill with another popular local band at that time, The Beez.

News Clipping Announcing The Beez and Parousia Sept 10th 1981

News Clipping Announcing The Beez and Parousia Sept 10th 1981

Parousia finances for the Uncle Sam's shoe 9-10-1981

Parousia finances for the Uncle Sam’s shoe 9-10-1981

 

Duh Beez!

Duh Beez!

Parousia Most Unique Rock Show Flyer 1981-1982

Parousia Most Unique Rock Show Flyer 1981-1982

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