97 Rock Live Broadcast from Uncle Sam’s 9-3-1981

 

Here are four tracks recorded live at Uncle Sam’s, a very large night club with a big stage featuring national and local acts.  I remember my sister Wendy telling me about seeing bands like the early Alice Cooper and MC5 tearing up the stage in the 60’s and early 70’s, and myself seeing many a band there in the later 70’s and into the 80’s, like Gang of Four, Plasmatics and Talking Heads.

Uncle Sams Live Broadcast Buffalo Backstage Ad Thurs. 09.03.81

Uncle Sams Live Broadcast Buffalo Backstage Ad Thurs. 09.03.81

So you can imagine how excited I was to find out we would be playing on that same stage, opening for a national recording act, with our performance being broadcast live over the radio on WGRQ, aka 97 Rock, probably the most popular rock radio station at the time (not to take anything away from WPHD, WBNY, WBFO, WUWU, WUFO et al).

Uncle Sams Live Broadcast Gusto Ad Thurs. 09.03.81

Uncle Sams Live Broadcast Gusto Ad Thurs. 09.03.81

The club was packed, which is saying a lot because it was so big, and the crowd was really into the show and responsive.  I would have to say I remember this one as being one of our better, more memorable gigs.  Did I mention the nice big stage?  Even after giving up some space for the headliner’s equipment, we still had lots more room to work with than our usual small clubs allow us.  And the fact that our performance was being broadcast, but the headliner’s was not, made us feel all the more appreciated.

Parousia Finances Uncle Sam's 9-3-1981

Parousia Finances Uncle Sam’s 9-3-1981

Parousia was paid only $75.00 to perform live on the radio at Uncle Sam’s.  No worries, the band certainly didn’t do this gig for the money because it isn’t often you get one of your songs included on a compilation LP and get to perform on stage at one of the top music clubs in Buffalo AND broadcast live over the radio-waves on one of the most popular FM Rock music stations in town, WGRQ, 97 Rock!

Sound engineer Gregg Filippone showed up to help monitor the sound board for $10.00.  Head roadie Dave Styn was paid $10.00 and regular roadies Steve Styn, Keith Huels, Tom (Tim) Miller were paid $5.00 each to assist in carrying stuff to and fro.  All in all expense totaled $65.00 and ended up $10.00 in the black.   A great night all the way around indeed!

Uncle Sams Live Broadcast V.I.P Invitation Thurs. 09.03.81

Uncle Sams Live Broadcast V.I.P Invitation Thurs. 09.03.81

Buffalo Backstage Oct. Review of Uncle Sams Live Show Broadcast 09.03.1981

Buffalo Backstage Oct. Review of Uncle Sams Live Show Broadcast 09.03.1981

Buffalo Backstage Cover Art Oct. 1981

Buffalo Backstage Cover Art Oct. 1981

I don’t remember all that much about LA (formerly Love Affair), other than that they put on a good show featuring well written songs, but here’s a little info Gerry dug up for us:

A little about the band Love Affair from Cleveland...
In 1974 this band was known as “Stairway”.  They changed their name to “Love Affair” around 1976.  As names were bandied about, the name Love Affair was decided on because, as Rich Spina puts it, “…it was the least hated of all the names we came up with.”  Some time in the 80’s the band shortened their name to simply “L.A.”  Their live show included pyrotechnics, a revolving drum riser and band members walking through the clubs interacting (wirelessly) with their fans.
Love Affair from Cleveland, Ohio - 1980

Love Affair from Cleveland, Ohio – 1980

Uncle Sam's Wants You! ... to Party with Parousia Sept 3 1981

Uncle Sam’s Wants You! … to Party with Parousia Sept 3 1981

Uncle Sam's Walden Ave Buffalo NY

Uncle Sam’s Walden Ave Buffalo NY

16 comments for “97 Rock Live Broadcast from Uncle Sam’s 9-3-1981

  1. Garth Huels
    July 5, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Lucifer’s Lament

    Hello my friends
    I’m not your friend you say
    You tell yourself you’re good
    You don’t do things my way

    But I’m inside you
    You let me in one day
    You welcomed me with open arms
    And now I’m here to stay

    So you despise me
    I know that that’s a lie
    Just to delude yourself
    That you won’t see hell when you die

    So don’t deny me
    I give you what you please
    You really don’t care that soon
    You’re begging on your knees…

    (Ten Minutes To Live)

    Ten minutes to live
    Death at his heels
    He can feel the gap growing tighter
    Flight, exhausting speed
    Is he really real?
    He can feel his head getting lighter

    But he’s only one step away…
    If he would only turn and face what’s coming his way

    Feel his body fail
    Throw him in the jail
    Let his body waste away forever
    Because he will not stay
    He must now decay
    Teach him to fight what is better

    But he’s only one step away…
    If he would only turn and face what’s coming his way

    (Lucifer’s Lament – Reprise)

    Hello my friends
    There’s not much I can say
    In darkness you have seen me
    And in darkness you will stay

    You’ll never understand
    My callous heart yearns truth
    I’m not the evil one
    Corrupted in your youth

  2. Barry Cannizzaro
    August 6, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I really couldn’t wait to play this very memorable gig at Uncle Sams. Imagine, us, little ‘ole Parousia doing a live broadcast over the radio (97 Rock) at such a popular and big venue that could literally hold thousands of patrons. Well, earlier on that eventful night of Thurs. 09/03/81 I stopped over my parents house to tell them the good news about our band “kinda’ making the big time”. My mother was completely skeptical that we were playing that night, so I had to put on my best salesman suit to convince her we WERE actually playing that night. I told her I was going to tune her stereo (a popular listening device of the 70s and 80s) to 97 Rock, and all she had to do was to push the power button on at about 5 minutes to around 9PM (I believe that was the time we were slated to play), and I would say hello to her over the radio. After much deliberation and downright arguing/fighting I finally convinced her to do so. Thus, after our band arrived at the Uncle Sam’s gig, and was set up ready to start playing I announced in a loud, boisterous, vociferous, and quite frankly, freakin’ annoying voice: “Hey mom, this is your son talking to you, I hope your doing great and finally believe me now that I’m on the radio tonight, and oh, one other thing, LONG LIVE ROCK AND ROLL MOM, LONG LIVE ROCK AND ROLL! Needless to say I almost gave her a heart attack after my statement to her, and she never doubted me again. OK OK, so I’m stretching it with that never doubted me again thing. Hey what do you want, she was a heard headed Italian mother. Need I say more. What a show pilgrims! Keep on rockin’!

    Peace out,
    Barrymannia

    • November 28, 2014 at 1:00 am

      Great story, Barry. Yeah, your mom was one tough cookie, I’m sure she thought this whole music thing was a big scam, but she humored us and let us keep going, which is pretty cool considering she would probably rather you forget about this nonsense and get a real job. 😉

      • Barry Cannizzaro
        November 28, 2014 at 3:03 pm

        Yes Garth; my mom was ONE TOUGH COOKIE; and actually still is; even with her Alzheimer’s disease. She is very feisty; “set in her ways”; and definitely has a mind of her own on all issues; even dealing with her own health.

        No doubt she probably wanted me to “get a real job”. I’m glad though that she did “cut me some slack” playing in the band. I know she did this because of how much I loved to do so; and that’s why I have great respect for her. Once a great mother; always a great mother! -‘Nuff said!

        Take care my friend,
        Barry da’ dimwitted

  3. Patt
    May 3, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    What I remember about the show was that i was in an extremely good mood that night. I put my flute between the legs of the 97 Rock DJ (making him look like he had a very long silver penis) while he was standing on stage speaking live on the air. The audience got quite a kick out of that!

    Also, Love Affair was the band who threw their wireless guitars high in the air, crisscrossing in an arc to roadies offstage.

    Uncle Sam’s was a much bigger venue than we were used to, I believe accommodating up to 3000 patrons. Normally, we played to like, 10 people!

    • GerryNorth
      May 3, 2014 at 6:01 pm

      Ha, yes i remember the flute/penis trick. I think the DJ was either Bruce Barber or Carl Russo… Which ever one it was, he didn’t dig it very much.

      I remember that the drummer for Love Affair had his own rotating platform that he used during his drum solo. That band had some pretty neat gimmicks and one hell of a light show. All of which, as i understand it, were self financed.

  4. gerry
    November 28, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    MISS OGYNY by Parousia

    Out in the night they lurk everywhere.
    Half of the race, I don’t really care.
    supposed emotions fill them full
    I really do think it’s all a bunch of bull.

    I meet her on the street.
    Miss Ogyny
    She sucks me ‘till I’m dry.
    Miss Ogyny
    Flashing all that meat.
    Miss Ogyny
    Aw, she makes me want to cry.
    Miss Ogyny

    Well they take all you got in the wink of one eye
    And they’ll wave it in your face to make you rise.
    They’ll feed you to exhaustion and you think you got it made
    Then they’ll trot away and leave you frustrated, frustrated, frustrated…

    I meet her on the street.
    Miss Ogyny
    She sucks me ‘till I’m dry.
    Miss Ogyny
    Flashing all that meat.
    Aw, she makes you want to cry
    Miss Ogyny

    I don’t know why they’re out there
    The flirts who walk the street.
    Oh God its Miss Ogyny.
    Its show, it’s fake
    I want some but I just can’t take oh God it’s Miss Ogyny.

    I’m talking ‘bout you yeah, Miss Ogyny.
    I see you sitting right there with your legs in the air
    And flashing all that meat and you think it’s so cool
    Oh I hate, hate, hate, hate,
    hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate,
    oh I hate you, I hate you.

    Miss Ogyny

    • Patt
      October 6, 2015 at 11:56 am

      We were really not too keen on playing “Miss Ogyny” since Kim was gone and that ship had sailed long ago. The reason I knew it so well is because I always did it in practice – Kim rarely attended by that time. I even wrote my own parody of the song:

      Stumbling down the street
      Massage my knee
      It really f**kin hurts
      Massage my knee

  5. gerry
    November 28, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    REVELATION by Parousia

    Baked hair and lavish grin.
    Pink face and a cup of tin.
    Carrying on, where have you been?
    Making the world some-what nicer.

    Tired music and tired bones.
    The hollow ring of the Public phones.
    And “what to do” between the grunts and moans,
    Making the world some-what nicer.

    REVELATION — take me away!
    REVELATION — take me away!

    Tender hearts and easy money.
    It takes some time to realize.
    After thirty million tries.
    The game is not that funny.

    Tired music and tired bones.
    The hollow ring of the Public phones.
    And “what to do” between the grunts and moans,
    Making the world some-what nicer.

    REVELATION — take me away!
    REVELATION — take me away

  6. Dave Buffamonti
    January 17, 2015 at 11:29 am

    great band

  7. Bob Walsh
    January 17, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Tuesday Night Ladies Night! You didn’t want to know anything about the “Ladies drinks”.

  8. James Rutkowski
    January 17, 2015 at 11:30 am

    I won those front row ticket’s that nite

  9. Randy Strauss
    September 7, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Lucifers Lament was always one of my favorites.

  10. Jonathan Kasper
    September 13, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    sounds great !

  11. Susan Riess
    October 21, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    (RE: “Won’t Get Fooled Again”) Wow! Great rendition!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Steve Warrington
    May 6, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    (RE: “Won’t Get Fooled Again”) Great job on that one!

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