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    Boats Against The Current
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  1. Wally Talks 'Pop Art Live' on oWOW Radio

    Great story! Bernie
  2. Pop Art Live: Reviews

    MUSIC REVIEWS By John B. Moore & Lee Valentine Smith THE RASPBERRIES Pop Art Live (Omnivore Recordings) England may have had Badfinger, but we had The Raspberries. Up there with Big Star and The Hollies in terms of their lasting influence and simply how tragically underrated each band ultimately was, in 2004, The Raspberries treated a hometown Cleveland audience to a remarkable reunion show to open the local House of Blues. The show, captured in this two-CD set from Omnivore, prompted a short tour the following year. "Pop Art Live," captures the power pop pioneers - led by Eric Carmen— playing their first live show together in three decades. You'd to go back to The Beach Boys to find a group that can match their sublime harmonies; that trademark sound is slathered all over these songs. There are a handful of covers mixed throughout this 28-song collection that get the full Raspberries' treatment, like The Who's "I Can't Explain," and The Beatles' "Ticket to Ride," but it's their own material where the brilliance of the band, from those aforementioned harmonies to the strong lyrics and even stronger pop hooks, where the group is really able to show off; and they've thrown in all of the favorites here including "Overnight Sensation," "Let's Pretend" and their biggest hit "Let's Go All the Way" (a song that has found new life thanks to its inclusion on the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack). The show, and this CD set, is everything that is great about this band. They even managed to live up to their early 1970s clean cut image; at one point early in the show Carmen addresses the audience: "Darn nice to see you all here tonight and I must say it's kind of nice for us to be here tonight." Indeed. —INsite Atlanta, October 16, 2017
  3. Pop Art Live on Vinyl!

    Now, in addition to the 2-CD or Digital release, Raspberries: Pop Art Live will be available as a 3-LP set on red, blue, and yellow vinyl for Record Store Day/Black Friday (November 24, 2017) with BONUS TRACKS! Side 1: 1. I WANNA BE WITH YOU 2. PLAY ON 3. I CAN’T EXPLAIN 4. NOBODY KNOWS 5. OVERNIGHT SENSATION Side 2: 1. GO ALL THE WAY 2. DON’T WANT TO SAY GOODBYE 3. ECSTASY 4. I SAW THE LIGHT 5. TONGIHT Side 3: 1. STARTING OVER 2. BABY’S IN BLACK 3. MIGHT AS WELL 4. HARD TO GET OVER A HEARTBREAK 5. LET’S PRETEND Side 4: 1. IF YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND 2. LAST DANCE 3. SHOULD I WAIT 4. NO REPLY 5. I CAN REMEMBER Side 5: 1. I’M A ROCKER 2. IT SEEMED SO EASY 3. WHEN YOU WERE WITH ME 4. IT’S COLD OUTSIDE 5. TICKET TO RIDE Side 6: 1. PARTY’S OVER 2. COME AROUND AND SEE ME 3. MAKIN’ IT EASY Vinyl-Only Bonus Tracks: 4. DRIVIN’ AROUND / CRUSIN MUSIC 5. I DON’T KNOW WHAT I WANT Bernie
  4. Raspberries Remix

    Like it! Bernie
  5. I Wanna Take Forever Tonight cover by ME!!!

    Beautiful! I love your dedication to Eric's music, Naeko! This whole EricCarmen.com thing came from the passion I had for Eric's words and music. The way it affected me and the way it had powers over me...to propel me forward when I felt myself falling back, to comfort me when I was in despair and to support me when I felt nobody had my back. You've got it, too. Bravo. Bernie
  6. Question for Raspbernie

    Hey Matt, In an effort to re-focus the content at EC.com to mostly music, I took the games Forum offline. Sorry if it was one that you enjoyed participating in. Bernie
  7. The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra Opens Its 26th Season With Classical Warhorses And Their Rock & Rock Offspring The KSO's program "All By Themselves" features two works of pianist/composer Sergei Rachmaninoff juxtaposed with the '70s hit songs of singer/songwriter Eric Carmen. The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra opens its 26th Season on October 14th, at Greaves Concert Hall, with a unique pairing of classics and rock & roll. Sergei Rachmaninoff’s works — vast sonic canvases, with lush sonorities — made him the last of the truly Romantic composers. Sixty years later, such romanticism was not lost on young rock & roll singer/songwriter Eric Carmen. He borrowed themes from Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony and Second Piano Concerto respectively to write the mid-70’s hit songs “Never Gonna Fall In Love Again” and “All By Myself.” Rachmaninoff, in addition to being a world-renowned pianist, wrote four piano concerti and the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, 3 symphonies, 4 assorted orchestra works and 3 one-act operas, plus songs and piano pieces. Rachmaninoff emigrated to the United States in 1918 and was welcomed with offers from piano manufacturers, record companies and orchestras including the Boston and Cincinnati Symphonies. He began concert tours playing his own concerti and recitals of other composers’ music. The Second Piano Concerto, his most famous work, will be performed by award-winning and acclaimed pianist Soyeon Kate Lee, currently an artist/faculty member at University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. As a youth, Carmen regularly attended rehearsals of the Cleveland Orchestra with his aunt, who was a violist in the orchestra. His exposure to the classics impacted his songwriting later in life, as he borrowed tunes from both Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. After years as lead singer and songwriter for the Raspberries (“Go All the Way,” “I Wanna Be with You”), Carmen set off on a solo career in 1975 finding immediate success with his Rachmaninoff-inspired songs. Eric continued to write and perform hits into the 80s (“Hungry Eyes,” “Make Me Lose Control”). Living in his hometown Cleveland, Carmen occasionally writes, but no longer performs. Broadway veteran singer and actor (NKU alum), Aaron LaVigne will belt out Carmen's pop ballads accompanied by the KSO. “The KSO’s thematic programming philosophy would normally steer us away from such large traditional works, but adding Eric’s songs from the 1970s, and showing the relationship of the classical works to the pop songs they inspired, made this all-Rachmaninoff pairing more universally relevant to our audience,” remarked Music Director James Cassidy. “I have spoken to Mr. Carmen about the program, but don’t know whether he will make a cameo.” The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra fills Greaves Concert Hall with Rachmaninoff and Carmen at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, October 14 at NKU, Highland Heights, KY. Reserved seating tickets are $19, $27, $35 (children ages 6-18 are 50% off) and are available online at kyso.org, by phone (859) 431-6216, or at the door. About the KSO: For 25 years the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra has taken the “phony” out of symphony by eliminating traditional barriers and presenting engaging, live, thematic concerts that enrich, educate and entertain the residents of Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati. The KSO performs three series of concerts annually throughout Northern Kentucky. —PRWeb, October 6, 2017
  8. Tom Petty dies at 66

    He was incredible—on record and on stage. One of the true modern-day greats! RIP, Tom! Bernie
  9. Pop Art Live: Reviews

    Solid review, but you lost me there, champ. Don't think I have ever heard anyone refer to "I Can Remember" as schlock! Bernie
  10. Pop Art Live: Reviews

    THE RASPBERRIES - Pop Art: Live (Omnivore) 2-CD by David Laing The Raspberries were the gold­en children of the 'pop revival'—a movement that may or may not have really existed but which was es­poused anyway by the likes of Greg Shaw, Ken Barnes and even Metal Mike Saunders in the early '70s. The Cleveland band loved their early-to­mid Beatles of course, and in Eric Carmen had a writer who could in­corporate occasional baroque flour­ishes, not unlike Michael Brown of the Left Banke. Unlike many other 'pop revival' bands however they also combined strong elements of the Who and the Beach Boys and thus were the perfect representation of Pete Townsend's original defini­tion of power pop. They could also rip out a blistering guitar tone when they wanted and had an influence on the hard rock side of things al the time too, particularly those closet power pop fans Kiss. More than any band of the era-other than perhaps Apple-associated Bad finger—the Raspberries remain a touchstone for lovers of a range of classic pop and rock in both '60s and '70s stylings. Pop Art is the second live album to come out of the band's low-key small venue reunion lour of 2004 and it supersedes the first one Live on Sunset Strip by sheer wealth of material (although it loses the great cover of "Needles & Pins"' and a ver­sion of Carmen's powerhouse love letter to the Who, "I Don't Know What I Want"). If you've heard the earlier album you'll know that the band sounded pretty damn close to their original records on this tour, meaning the 28-track Pop Art serves almost as an ersatz greatest bits col­lection. It includes a bit of schlock—­"I Can Remember" is as overblown as Eric Carmen's bouffant back in the day—but the rockers rock, the early Beatles-style numbers like "Should I Wait" and "'Nobody Knows" sound as perfectly weighted as ever, and you get some fab covers, including "I Can't Explain" (more guitar than on U1e Sunset Strip album ), "Baby's In Black," "No Reply," "Ticket To Ride" and a couple from Raspberries pre­cursors the Choir (including "It's Cold Outside"). And boy can these guys still sing and play. If you've already got the band's four original albums—classics one and all—this is your next purchase for sure. (David Laing) —Ugly Things, September 22, 2017
  11. Eric Carmen Primer

    Stealing my thunder. This is gonna be me in 5 years. Bernie
  12. Record Sleeve

    Kirk, I did a little Google search and came up with this: ERIC RECORDS is a real company. The Raspberries Capitol Records 45 just happens to be in the wrong (but oddly connected to Eric Carmen) sleeve. Here's a matching 45 and sleeve. ERIC Records is an oldies reissue label from San Leandro, CA (USA). Previously located in Philadephia and New Jersey. www.ericrecords.com Bernie
  13. Old Road Case

    These historic Raspberries road cases hold Wally's guitars. One night when Ken Sharp and I were in Cleveland, we gave Raspberries Starting Over drummer Michael McBride a ride home. When he opened his garage door, we were shocked to see a half dozen original Raspberries road cases, which he was using to hold tools. I asked whether any were for sale. Not sure he thought I was actually interested in buying one or not...but I wish I had been more persuasive! Bernie
  14. Joan Jett Talks Gibson Melody Makers, the Runaways, Pre-Show Jitters and More She was a founding guitarist of Seventies teen girl group the Runaways and rose to stardom fronting the long-running rock act the Blackhearts. But what Guitar World readers really want to know is... The new Joan Jett and the Blackhearts album ["Unvarnished," released in October] deals with some really personal themes. Did writing these songs help you gain a new or different perspective on life? —Mikey Nichols Absolutely. It’s like do-it-yourself psychology. [laughs] This is my most personal album in the sense that it directly points to events or things I’ve gone through. This last decade I’ve lost a lot of people, including my parents, who I was very close to. It’s been a really formative, eye-opening and hard time for me. The song “Fragile” is specifically about my mother, and losing love. You think love is so strong—and it can be—but it also can be so fragile and broken just like a stick. Our music always focused on personal things like falling in love, falling out of love, having sex, not having sex and partying. I’m not saying nothing was ever serious or had messages. But this album’s subject matter is certainly more diverse and these news songs have a deeper personal relationship to me than my other albums. You’ve had an amazing career. What is the one piece of advice you wish you were given back when you first got into the business with the Runaways? —Hank Tomesco Wow… I guess my only advice is to pay attention, because everything goes so fast. Nobody gave me that advice. The Runaways was three and a half years, but it seemed to go very quickly. Just really embrace the moment, especially the special ones. And even the bad ones, because things always change. The bad will get better and the good will get worse. [laughs] Things cycle around. There’s no other way, man. It’s the way of life. I have really bad performance anxiety. Did you ever experience that? Any tips on how to get over it? —Amanda Hoffman I’m always nervous before I go onstage…and I want to be nervous. If I’m not nervous, something is wrong. When I start performing my anxiety goes away, and I think that’s true for a lot of people. I would also say don’t think while you’re onstage. When I’m thinking, What are the chords? What are the words? then I definitely fuck up. I have to be an empty vessel. If I don’t know the words, if it’s a new song or whatever, I’ll have the lyrics down on the stage. I’ll make it part of the show that the audience is seeing me learn a new song. Some people might think it’s stupid to be scared, but it’s a very natural thing and I think it can be a good motivator. Just keep it channeled and you can use it for a better performance. Oh, and I’d also say don’t party to get over it. It will affect your performance in a bad way. I know that from experience, too. I read that one of the songs on "Unvarnished" was about living through Hurricane Sandy. Can you talk about that experience? —Paul “Make It Back” is about how people come back after a tragedy. Specifically for me it was Hurricane Sandy. I live on the beach in a town called Long Beach [New York], and we got whacked. I was home for the hurricane, because I wanted to protect my house and what was in it. I had animals there. It was really scary. It was also scary to see how little it was covered in the press. I travel a lot and there was no coverage, but the devastation was so severe. So that song was about seeing people be devastated and lose everything and collectively go, “What are we gonna do?” Then somebody or something changes the energy. And then it’s like you have to rebuild…or die. And then you see that spirit go through everybody, and everyone starts helping. It was a beautiful thing to see. And I saw it first-hand. You’ve had great success with cover songs. How do you choose songs, and what’s the key to making them your own? —Tanya Well, some of them have been suggestions. I trust my songwriting partner Kenny Laguna’s instinct a lot. Early on he suggested “Wooly Bully,” which was an obscure fun song that went over great live. But the songs come from all over. Like AC/DC [“Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”]. That’s a song I used to dance to at a club called Rodney [Bingenheimer’s] English Disco [in Los Angeles] before the Runaways even started. They used to play British glitter music from the Seventies. And that’s where I got turned on to bands like the Sweet. Making it your own? I try and not change much as far as the arrangements go, because that’s what made me fall in love with the song in the first place. I think me singing and playing them is change enough. You’re a big sports fan and also passionate about social and political causes. Do you have any thoughts about what’s going on in Russia right now? Many people want to boycott the [Sochi 2014 Winter] Olympics because of Russia’s recent legislation against gay rights. [Russia recently passed a law that prohibits propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations.] —Johnny First of all, I think it’s ridiculous that Russia would do that and make those claims. That is just absurd, and it’s not reality based. But I’m not sure about the boycott. I totally understand, emotionally, why people would want to do that. But I think in the end you might hurt the athletes who have been working their whole lives to compete. Maybe there’s a better way to make a statement by going there, being gay and winning. That’s not just for the United States, either. I’m sure there are many other nations that have gay athletes that will be going. I don’t know if anyone will end up making a statement like that. But to me that might be a better way to protest, and show that we’re all just people. You’ve been associated with the Gibson Melody Maker for years. Can you tell us the story behind your guitar? —Donnie Halsey In the Runaways I was using a blond Les Paul. It’s beautiful, and I still have it, but it’s heavy as shit. I jump and run around a lot onstage, and it was really getting to my shoulder, so I was looking for a lighter guitar. I heard from one of our road crew that Eric Carmen from the Raspberries was selling a Melody Maker, so I ended up buying it. Now, this is the guitar that he played on “Go All the Way” and all those [Raspberries] hits. And then I played it on “I Love Rock ’n’ Roll,” “Crimson and Clover,” “Do You Want to Touch Me,” “Bad Reputation”…all those early records. Then I took it off the road because I got nervous that someone was gonna steal it or break it. It’s so beautiful. It’s white, has no stickers on it, and there are cracks in the paint and yellowing from age or club cigarettes. It’s an unbelievable-looking guitar. I have it in a closet and I take it out occasionally to record. But I don’t even need to use it to record anymore, because I have a guitar that sounds pretty much like it. I’m actually kind of afraid to bring out the original. It’s got a great heritage. It’s a guitar full of hits. Back in the Nineties there was a real active movement of female rock bands, like L7, Bikini Kill and Babes in Toyland, which you were associated with. Why did that scene fizzle out? —Katherine It felt to me that we were on the cusp of the girls breaking out. We were one hit away from opening the door for everybody else. But there was always resistance from radio. Like, only one girl gets to be played at a time. But yeah, it felt powerful back then, and I don’t really know what happened. Nothing happened. Bands wound up breaking up. Some people realize that it’s not their life goal to wait for radio to see it their way. They want to do other things with their lives and move on. I totally see that as being appropriate, too. You have to be really dedicated to this as a lifestyle. It’s hard to live a double life and hold down a nine-to-five job and be in a touring band. You’ve gotta choose, at least for a few years, if you wanna give your rock and roll dream a shot. You have to go full on. Go on tour, play every shitty gig you can for no money and no people. It’s how you build character and experience and you learn a lot. Hopefully after a few years you get lucky and get a foothold, and you can decide if you want to continue this and keep fighting. I think the rock scene has died down. It’s gone underground or something. But bands are out still there. Every town I go to there’s at least one all-girl rock band. You can be sure of that. —Guitar World, September 22, 2017
  15. The Infamous Sweet vs. Eric Carmen War!

    Wankers! Bernie