Nothing mythical about this Pegasus!

By PATRICIA BROWN
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Pegasus Takes Flight On Stage
PEGASUS TAKES FLIGHT ON STAGE
The members are busy making music every weekend

(Left to right) Mike Torlone, Fred Lacy, Charlie Biern, Nolan Evans, John Blaine, Alan Burge

What has six heads, 12 arms, 12 legs, sings, plays musical instruments and looks nothing like the winged horse from Greek mythology for which it is named?

Pegasus.

But this Pegasus takes the form of a rock group of six guys.

Alan Burge, from St. Albans, is one of the members of the original group.   Burge plays lead guitar.

Bass guitarist is Nolan Evans or Huntington.

A native of Hurricane, Fred Lacy is Drummer.

A more recent addition is Mike Torlone of Huntington, organist.

The two newest members are the singers, Charlie Biern, of Huntington, and John Blaine, from Wakefield, Mass.  Biern also plays congo drums, harmonica and washboard.  Blaine plays rhythm guitar.

Why did they choose the name Pegasus?

Burge explained, “We were looking for a name.  We wanted a one-name thing.  Fred and I were watching Chiller one night on TV and the title was “Project Pegasus”.  We said, “Hey, that’d be a good name, so...”

It all began about two years ago with Burge, Lacy and Evans.

They wanted to start a band.

With the usual ups and downs, including the loss of a singer, thanks to Uncle Sam, the group survived.

Pointing to Biern and Blaine, Burge ribbed, “We recently added these two lobos.”

In defense, Blaine replied, “Which definitely added class to the group.”

Burge then offered this suggestion, “You might want to say that the organist has just about as much taste as he’s got looks.  In other words...”

Torlone reassured himself by going over to the organ and playing the theme from Romeo and Juliet.

The group simultaneously chimed, “Hey Mike, this is an interview, not a taping.  No matter how loud you play, it won’t be heard in the paper.”

That’s Pegasus off stage.

On stage, their music is a harmony of hard rock, blues, soul and country.

“We consciously avoid Top-40 stuff and the charts.  We play what people want to hear and concentrate on gearing our music to what people can dance to,” said Burge, by now, the established spokesman for the group.

Dancing to live Pegasus is an experience!

The picture is created by the sudden burst of kaleidoscope lights flashing red, blue, orange, yellow, green.

Someone steps up to the microphone and breathes heavily, “Hi! We’re Pegasus!”

The explosion that follows is totally unexpected.

Vibrations begin.  The floor trembles.

At once, the stage comes to life.  For a moment, all is confusion and then...

The audience stands gripped in a vice-like hold by the six young men on stage.  And then, they too come alive.

Helping Pegasus achieve their sound is more than $20,000 worth equipment, which includes 11 electric guitars.

Taking care of this priceless paraphernalia are Bruce Holbrook, Charlie Wills and Artie Bell, the equipment managers.  Holbrook and Wills also contribute to the group on horns.

Pegasus not only play locally for benefit show, private dances, sorority and fraternity parties but they have also played all over the state, and in Kentucky and Ohio.

During MU’s Winter Weekend of 1970, Pegasus played on the same billing with the Brooklyn Bridge.

They are now working for a two-week engagement in Florida for this summer.

Torlone kidded, “They want to hire you to wrestle alligators down there, Alan.”

“That’s a crock-full if I ever heard one,” added Biern.

Burge attempted to straighten everything out by saying, “We figured the way Mike plays that Mickey Mouse organ, that Disneyland would hire him.”

Putting aside the funny business, being a member of Pegasus is serious work.

The boys generally practice twice a week, as well as performing almost every week-end.

In addition to their role in Pegasus, Evans works a full-time job and the other five attend Marshall.

With these other responsibilities on their minds, the practice session-interview breaks up.

“I’ve got to go home and type ten pages,” whines Blaine.

Biern adds, “Well, I have to spend all night in the darkroom.”

This comment invites an uproar and everyone blends in, “Doing that dirty work again, huh, Charlie?”

 

Nothing mythical about this Pegasus! Article

Submitted by Alan Burge

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