“Stopped Before Starting” At The STAGE ONE, October 20, 1979

 
Parousia degenerates into a “Lord Of The Flies-type” dystopia upon learning of the cancellation.

Parousia degenerates into a “Lord Of The Flies-type” dystopia upon learning of the cancellation.

This show was to be the bands exciting debut at the highly coveted Stage One, co-owned by concert-promoting wunderkinds Harvey & Corky. 

The Stage-One was considered a premier rock venue in Western NY, similar to Uncle Sam’s and After Dark or in present day, the House Of Blues and Hard Rock Café.  Playing here was a big deal.

Normally, a local band that wanted a shot at it had to “audition” at the Monday night showcase where bands (without pay) could play on stage and in turn be considered for a future paid gig, but that was not the case for us.  Our band was getting paid!  But, we didn’t get paid… we didn’t even play! Here’s what really happened…

Parousia McVan's 1979

On Saturday October 20, 1979 Parousia was scheduled to open for Rasputin (the premiere “Kiss” tribute band in Western NY) at one of THE top clubs in the Buffalo area, co-owned by concert promoters Harvey and Corky (Harvey Weinstein the movie mogul with Miramax). Parousia was so ready to launch…

Parousia at McVan’s 1978

Parousia at McVan’s 1978

We started to think for a moment there was a possibility our quirky little band might experience some minute level of self-actualization but not for long…

The booking manager (hired by the owners Harvey & Corky to manage the acts on stage) was ‘temperamental’ and decided he didn’t want Rasputin performing there.  So he cancelled the entire show including the opening act, us!

Would you want these guys performing at YOUR house???

Would you want these guys performing at YOUR house???

We kept calling and trying to secure a new date but never received a response.  Too bad, we really could have used the emotional boost from playing the Stage-One gig.  Although the last couple of our shows in Buffalo were good, the venues were dark and depressing like the Plant-6 on Niagara Street, Frank’s Casa Nova on Bailey and Kelly’s Inn on South Park Avenue.

But who DID get to play at Stage One??  The POLICE!  Sheesh! I know… some bands get all the breaks.  Fortunately, our next gig was something to look forward to, a well-paying college mixer scheduled for November 1st, at D’Youville.

The POLICE at Stage-One, March 25, 1979

The POLICE at Stage-One, March 25, 1979

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