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Lew Bundles

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About Lew Bundles

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  • Favorite Eric Carmen Album
    I'm Through With Lew
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    Bundles Against Current

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  1. A ton of EC, Berries photos...all in one place (and a few other photos that I have no idea how they snuck in there)... https://www.pinterest.com/pin/38913984254566680/
  2. Your one stop shopping list...

    https://www.oldies.com/artist-songs/The-Raspberries.html
  3. The Wedding Singer

    As a DJ, I once had a request by the bride to play, I Was Born To Love You” as her processional...
  4. SEPT. LEWSLETTER

    Well, truth be told...I found out the real reason the Raspberries reunion fizzled and why the group will never reform again...And it WAS a feud between Wally and Eric but not for the reason that we commonly think...No massive ego’s, (or in Wally’s case, massive gut,) no personality differences, no Go All The Way songwriting credit issues or teenybopper image situations... It was all Wally’s defense of drummer Jim Bonfanti... Eric was never in love with Jim as a drummer or as a Personality or with the job he did as the band’s accountant...It’s no secret that Eric always wanted to replace Jim as the drummer in the band...Before Michael McBride became Jim’s eventual replacement, a whole slew of percussionists were actually brought in to audition for Bonfanti’s chair...The two finalists were McBride and Jughead Jones of the Archies...McBride Won by default...I have told the story before that Eric had gotten so incensed at Jughead for continuously losing the beat as he had to constantly adjust that stupid hat he wears as it was always bobbing up and down... But, when the reformed Berries decided to give it one last tour, Wally petitioned to have the original members reinstated; hence enter Smalley and Bonfanti... After a handful of initial successful dates, (L.A, NYC, Atlantic City,, and a grand opening of “8 Tracks ‘R Us” in Cleveland), the band was ready for a world tour...(Before You Cleveland defenders get riled up, you must admit that it is a little bit backwards and slow as a city...I mean, White Christmas is the number #1 single there and, after all this time, they just got their first traffic light(they couldn’t decide on what colors to use)...I guess it’s a great town...if you’re a plow... Anyway, the decision came to do one grand world tour...Eric said, “Let’s do it all, go everywhere, Europe, Mexico, Asia, South America, , even China and Russia...” The guys agreed but it was gonna take a lot of work to book and coordinate this whole thing...Jim said that he would do it...Take on this mighty task...Eric said “no way”, but Wally insisted that Jim could handle the task...”He’s just the “effen” drummer”, yelled Eric and it started a major division in the band with Wally vociferously defending Jim...When Dave cast his vote for Jim, the dye was set...It was a gut wrenching decision for Eric, but not for Wally (he hadn’t had his gut wrenched in a long time)...Majority ruled and Eric was outvoted 3 to 1...”If he fucks this thing up, we are done...I will never carry you guys again...” The stage was set for Jim to earn his Berries stripes... Three weeks later, at a band rehearsal, Jim gave each of the boys a copy of their itineraries and everyone couldn’t be more impressed, especially Eric...”Wow, Athens, Belfast, Frankfort, Lisbon, Madrid, Paris, Rome, Wales, Moscow, Mexico, China, Sweden, Poland, Peru, Norway, Denmark, even Lebanon...Holy shit, it’s like playing RISK...I got to hand it to you, Jim, my apologies, this looks fantastic”...Wally beamed like a proud papa as his boy Jim came through... Jim said, “We leave Jan 3rd, and I will pick you guys up at the rehearsal hall, pack up our stuff and we are on our way”... When Jan. 3rd came, all the boys got to the hall before Jim with their luggage and stuff, all in tow...Jim finally pulls up carrying only a duffle bag... Uh oh, warning bells...Eric said, “that’s all you’re bringing Jim?”... You see, not only was Jim very frugal in his role as the Berries accountant but he was also a trivia nut...He found a way to save the group a ton of money while visiting all those places...He explained to the boys that all those places in the itinerary were actually cities and towns in Maine,(you can look it up) so they could play all those exotic names while saving a ton of money... After Dave broke up the ensuing fist fight between Eric and Wally, which really ended with Eric snapping his chin down on Wally’s knee, Carmen screamed that he was “done with the band and and I will never be seen performing again...”(That’s why he wore sunglasses and was placed in the back of the stage at the recent Ringo appearance...Didnt want to be seen performing again)... And that’s the whole story... But, I am saving the best news for last...After month’s of negotiations, James is now allowing me to refer to him as “Jim”... Detective Bundles signing off...And how was your month...? ”
  5. Ringo’s 30th All-Star Anniversary Tour

    Hey Bernie...I didn’t ask...Were you in L.A. to see this “live”...?
  6. Ringo’s 30th All-Star Anniversary Tour

    A few observations... With his introduction ,Ringo seemed to realize that it’s a special accomplishment to lure Eric out of retirement ... Around the 3:00 minute mark, a special “Cleveland camaraderie” moment as Joe Walsh goes over to shake Eric’s hand... A special exchange between Ringo and Eric around 3:50, although it seemed like Eric thought Ringo was gonna come over and hug him... Eric really looks out of place, bored and/or awkward without playing an instrument... It seemed as though a lot of these guys were meeting each other for the first time and that some of them, who knew each other previously, did not even see each other backstage and were actually saying “hello” on the stage... Eric doesn't really seem to be a part of this community...Kind of forced his way into a few hugs and nods of friendship/acknowledgment... interested to hear everybody’s take on this, especially Eric’s... Bernie, Do you think this is a “one off” thing with Carmen or will this rejuvenate any desire in him to performing again?...Obviously, you are in contact with Eric and he “tipped” you off to this appearance....In your book, is he “officially” retired?... P.S....I just read Eric and Mrs. Carmen’s twitter posts and it seemed they did have a pre-performance party...I guess they said their “hello’s” earlier...
  7. Ringo’s 30th All-Star Anniversary Tour

    I heard the “Mac” is gonna show up...
  8. Another one of those message board with the eternal debate... https://rateyourmusic.com/board_message/message_id_is_5399409
  9. Raspberries at Fairfield University...Jan 31, 1975

    Can you see it now?
  10. Your mission(should you choose to accept)

    Wow...I forgot about Change of Heart...
  11. Raspberries at Fairfield University...Jan 31, 1975

    Really?...Anyone know how I can make it visible to all?
  12. March 15, 1968

    I better look to see if I won the Hendrix tickets...Did Wally play drums at this time?...
  13. Your mission(should you choose to accept)

    Gonna try to present some songs that would be alternate options... 1. Sunrise (seems to be the logical choice, although I can see Haven’t We Come A Long Way Baby in the lead off spot...) 2. Lost In The Shuffle(I hate this song)... 3. Make Me Lose Control(not too many options here)... 4. Go All The Way(the pink elephant in the room)... 5. I’m Through With Love... 6. I Was Born To Love You...(tough to pick an alternate here unless you put My Heart Stops or Reason To Try)... 7. Hungry Eyes...(no other options) 8. Almost Paradise...(very few options) 9. (I Wanna Take) Forever Tonight...(very few options or Someone That You Loved Before)... 10. Someday... Looks like a pretty weak list...
  14. Raspberries at Fairfield University...Jan 31, 1975

    It was added through DocScan and appeared in my first post on this topic...I just added it again in 3 posts above this one...Am I the only one that can see it?...
  15. On Feb. 16, 1980, It looks like that this was the last solo concert show that EC played before an 8 year hiatus that ended when he joined the Dirty Dancing tour... Below, is the ten song set list that he performed in a Tokyo that evening... Your assignment, is to present a song list for his next concert appearance using this old set list as a model...You cannot perform any song from the list below...They must be 10 songs not appearing below... Your list must fit the same type of song sequence and stylistically must be similar to the order of the below performance... In other words, only one Raspberries song and it must be the 4th number performed...Slow song for slow song, fast song for fast song...you can follow my notes in red next to each selection... 1.) Marathon Man.................................(Fast paced album cut opening number) 2.) Inside Story......................................(Uptempo album track) 3.) Never Gonna Fall in Love Again......(A familiar “hit”) 4.) Overnight Sensation........................(A Raspberries Song) 5.) Boats Against the Current..............(Album cut ballad) 6.) She Did It..........................................(A “semi hit”) 7.) All by Myself....................................(A hit) 8.) Hey Deanie.......................................(A “hit” for someone else, either fast or slow) 9.) That's Rock 'n' Roll...........................(A “hit”for someone else, either fast or slow) 10.) Tonight You're Mine......................(An uptempo album cut closer) There you go...a tough assignment, for sure...Let’s see your set lists, following those ground rules..
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