It was summer vacation for students and the college kids were out in full-force and well into advanced party-mode when Parousia took the stage to play for this awesome crowd.
We decided to wrap-up the second set of the night with a cover of the powerful rock anthem, “Won’t Get Fooled Again” by The WHO. If you know the song, you know the part that follows the quiet keyboard interlude, when the drums roll-in to a thunderous crescendo, layered with Townsend’s power-chord and Daltry’s guttural scream of “YEEEAAHHHH!”
Well just as we hit that orgasmic moment of the song, a circuit breaker tripped and all the power to the stage went out. … And there we were, stuck in the dark with no power, the audience frothing at the mouth waiting for us to give them ‘the big finish’.
Mike Carroll, our lighting engineer, got the power-up and running thanks to a large pair of ‘alligator clips’ and we started the song again from the beginning. When we hit exactly the same spot in the crescendo, the power went out again! We decided that on the third go-round, this time we would start the song at the crescendo.
With a lead-in of 1-2-3-4, the band jumped right-in, all instruments on cue as if the power outage never happened. The band rode the wave to the end of the song and then the audience went crazy with applause! It was a special night where Parousia gave it all away to the audience and the audience gave it back (and then some).
The band went on break after that, which gave the crew about 15-minutes to sort-out power-issues before we had to get back on stage and perform our final set of songs for the evening. The power issues were a bit concerning and looking back, I’m really glad that we didn’t burn Dad’s down to the ground with our ‘power-hack’ into the mains.
Parousia was paid $200.00 to perform on a Thursday night July 23, 1981 to a full-house where the audience really appreciated live music. Dad’s was close to home for the band which helped us break-even, barring any catastrophes, and on this night the band had none (for a change).
Expenses were low tonight, Dave Styn and Mike Carrol were paid $40.00 each to run sound and lights. Steven, (Mike’s large and useful friend) helped roadie for $10.00. Barry got $15.00 for gas and Plus II, the booking agency took 10% of the action, ($20.00). The expense for the rental truck would be spread-out over the following three back-to-back shows.
Tonight was the star of a three-day ‘tour’. Tonight, Thursday at Dad’s in Buffalo, NY, Friday at the “Teenage Hot Spot” in Depew, NY and then Parousia’s big show on Saturday, July 25 at the Port Colborne, Humberstone Arena, in Ontario Canada.
“Won’t Get Fooled Again” was more then a mere cover-song for Parousia. It was an anthem and a call to arms, considered by our fans to be one of best performances.