5 min readDec 10, 2021

Peter Demian L.O.V.E. (Legend Of Venice Eternal) by Gerry Fialka

Peter Demian L.O.V.E. (Legend Of Venice Eternal) by Gerry Fialka

Venice BeachHead Dec 2021

“I know nothing, I live in the Eternal” -George Santayna

I know one thing after living in Venice California for over 41 years. Walk on the Boardwalk at Sunset. Watch Peter Demian sing a song. You’ll see alot more that the green dot, you will see Eternity. Guaranteed. He’ll sing the everlastingness of love. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll kiss life good-bye.

Suzy Williams has transcribed excerpts of my recent interview with Peter. Watch the entire 83 minute interview on YouTube, entitled “The Legend of Venice The Peter Demian Interview.”

Gerry Fialka: What first attracted you to pursue music?

Peter Demian: My parents were arguing with each other, falling out of love with one another. And so, when I found a guitar, that guitar became my companion. I’d go somewhere, quietly, in the house, and play to soothe my aching heart. I was eleven when I got into music.

G: How are you hearing music, by what means?

P: I am in a place, Port Ontario, Canada, now it’s called Thunder Bay. As I’m walking around the block, I hear from a distance, the sound of an electric guitar, and I wonder what is it? Where is this? I follow the sound three blocks away, and it’s a cat in front of his house with a guitar. His amplifier is up full, playing for anybody and everybody. It was beautiful. It overwhelmed me! The volume, and the power of the sound.

G: Did you read poetry? What were your influences?

P: I couldn’t read English! I spoke Ukranian. I said to my mother one day “I’m going downtown to buy a Ritchie Valle album.” I loved his song “La Bamba.” She said: “You can’t even speak English. Whaddaya tryin’ learn this Mexican song?” I didn’t know what the lyrics meant (of the songs I began covering.) I was playing in the kitchen, and my mother ran in and said “Why’re you playing that “Huddy Bolly” music?” (She meant “Buddy Holly”! She couldn’t speak English, either!)

G: Who were your local influences up in Canada?

P: I saw a big black hearse parked in front of my high school, and I went to the guy who was in it and I said:

“What’s this car doing here? Isn’t it for dead people?”

“It’s where I live,” answered the stranger.”

“Well, just asking, why are you parked here?”

“My girlfriend goes to school here. “

“Oh, I see”, I said. “Well, what’s your name?”

“Neil Young. I’m a musician.”

He played me some songs that I liked. I became a follower of him, and went to all his local gigs.

Then I got pretty good at rhythm guitar, and got hired by “Tommy and the Tiaras.” I didn’t know what a tiara was and I didn’t realize ’til much later, they were a gay group!

One day I went to audition for a group led by Paul Shaffer called “The Fugitives.” I played my rhythm guitar. Paul said “Listen, do you play bass?” “No,” I said. “Well, Peter, go out and buy a bass and I will show you how to play along.” I came over to his house later that week and he went “ping ping ping” on the piano, and said I was to go “boom boom boom” on my new bass. It worked, and The Fugitives ended up opening for famous acts like The Who, and Eric Burdon & The Animals in a big skating rink in (what was to become) Thunder Bay. (Paul Shaffer was David Letterman’s band leader from 1982 to 2015).

G: Wow! Paul Shaffer was David Letterman’s band leader from 1982 to 2015). So then you went on the road?

P: Yes, then I began going on the road with groups like “Lexington Ave” and “The Good Time Band,” who had a Hammond B3 that I shlepped for years. Others in the group weren’t able to move heavy stuff. (When I met Billy Preston I told him I know that his Hammond weighed 400 lbs. “How do you know,?” asked Billy. “Because I was the roadie!” ) I eventually settled for 7 years in Detroit with my girlfriend Bonnie, and did solo gigs that made pretty good money, 100 bucks a gig. I played in Mitch Ryder’s band when Mitch left.

But after 7 years, I got tired of 40 degrees below weather. I needed to go somewhere sunny. So I crossed the country in my Plymouth Valiant, and found myself parked on Mulholland above Hollywood. A motorcycle LAPD cop stopped and asked me what I was doing. We began a conversation, I learned his name, Robert. I told him I was a musician. “Where should I go to play?” I asked Robert. “Venice Beach.” he told me. Years later I saw Robert and thank him for turning me on to Venice.

G: What year did you start playing on the Venice Boardwalk?

P: Roughly, ‘79.

G: How many years did you play without amplification?

P: 30 years, at least. I was unplugged, I didn’t want to offend anybody. But eventually I realized that if you became amplified and had a band, you could stomp like Godzilla. You could be crazy. But if you play acoustically, you’re playing for yourself, which I also love to do.

G: Tell me about your wife, Margaret Malloy.

P: I married her twice, July 7 and July 20 (my birthday) almost 40 years ago. And about 31 years ago, we decided to have a child, Hailey Lincoln Demian.

G: How do you explain your longevity with Margaret?

P: There’s an old expression “Happy wife, happy life.” I’m washing the dishes and cleaning the floors. Love is a heavy cross to bear.

G: What have you learned playing on the Boardwalk?

P: The Beach has taught me to be kind to everybody no matter the circumstances.

G: You are a kind man.

P: I’m compassionate . . . compassionate and sneaky.

G: Sneaky could connote negative.

P: Music can elevate people. The Beach is a lesson.

Listen to this entire interview on YouTube:

It is entitled “The Legend of Venice The Peter Demian Interview” and will be part of a feature documentary on Peter by myself and the great filmmaker Tim Corvin

Peter’s new CD is called “Mother Earth.” Celebrate its release on Dec 11 at the Boardwalk & Dudley Ave in Venice California

We welcome your input. Thank you, Gerry Fialka


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