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talk about everything raspberries..the new limited editions,re-mastered re-releases in japan,etc...they are not doing this for the heck of it..somethings brewin'..i feel it and smell it!! chris

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Thanks muchly folks. I was glad to see it again too. You could focus on more aspects of the band's performance when seeing and hearing it a few times. Feel free to give it a rating / comments on youtube. I'll try to get pix from the Cleveland show up before I leave for the UK/Europe on Moodies tour in a couple of weeks. So sorry for the delay. BTW, Wim, I'll be in Amsterdam for a couple of days. Where are you from ?

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darlene   

Maggie, You're the absolute B E S T !!!!!!

And your videos are fantastic! Thanks so much for doing this. I know how much you love the music! Now we'll have to comment and do *our* part.

Perfect is right!!! THANKS A MILLION!!!

:) --Love, Darlene

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Thanks muchly folks. I was glad to see it again too. You could focus on more aspects of the band's performance when seeing and hearing it a few times. Feel free to give it a rating / comments on youtube. I'll try to get pix from the Cleveland show up before I leave for the UK/Europe on Moodies tour in a couple of weeks. So sorry for the delay. BTW, Wim, I'll be in Amsterdam for a couple of days. Where are you from ?

Maggie, I read this today, a bit late I think. I live in the Eastern part of the Netherlands, close to the German border. A ride from my hometown Doetinchem to Amsterdam is only one and a half hour. Probably you're back in the US at this time...

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John P   

I have a cat to let out of the bag. There is this one venue that I think would be perfect for a berries show . They'd definately pull in a good crowd and still be handsomely paid for the gig because alot of artists of their genre have played here. Then again Eric is always concerned about issues like the sound system so I'm not sure how he would feel performing in a place with the sound of slot machines being noticably heard in the backround (hint!, hint!). Anyway in the begining of the year I tried to push for a gig at this location. First I e-mailed a couple of people who know and are associated with the band . I pitched the idea to them and all I got was a response of dead silence. Then I tried the venue. It was go talk to this person. Talk to this person then it was go talk to that person and then it was go talk this person that's all I got kept getting. It just wasn't going anywhere.

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There's a small but popular venue in NYC, the Cutting Room, that has some amazing talent that you would expect to be in larger venues. I've seen Carly Simon there, Billy J Kramer, Denny Laine. It's a great venue for Eric alone with his piano or with the Raspberries (no backups). I've seen folks like Justin Hayward, lead singer for the Moody Blues, do a solo tour at places like Supper Club in NYC and Birchmere outside of DC. Other small places: Old Westbury Music fair (aka North Fork), the Melody Tent (Hyannis).. You should see some of the places.. the Moodies even played a high school auditorium once, no twice in one night (Nov 2000) in southern NJ.

I admit, I don't entirely understand the way that all venues book acts. I know there are differences. I know that when I went to the Cavern in Liverpool and couple of years ago, it was after a tour on the Magical Mystery tour bus which that day was being narrated by the fellow who books acts for the Cavern. I somehow mentioned America was still touring and he wanted me to tell them since he'd be interested in booking them. I should think the same would be said of the Raspberries. Not every venue is tied to promoters, who may take some encouragement to book the Berries. But the other half of this is outreach. Is there a desire on the part of all four Raspberries to tour anymore? I can tell you that touring is one of those things that requires a bit of consistency if you really want to build attendance. The Moodies have this down to a science, hitting most areas in the US and western Europe at least once every two years usually 1 big and 2 small tours per year. Getting up to that level would require a lot of promotional work... playing smaller houses than you would eventually build up to. And most of their year is off-time.

There are other acts that have gotten back together in the last several years who are making the rounds, often in small venues. Some are big some were big. The Eagles, Peter & Gordon, Chad & Jeremy, Brian Wilson. The audience is there for them much more than it would have been 10 years ago.

I, for one, would continue to travel to see the Raspberries perform and would talk it up in my networks.

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wimvriezen said:

I'll try to get pix from the Cleveland show up before I leave for the UK/Europe on Moodies tour in a couple of weeks. So sorry for the delay. BTW, Wim, I'll be in Amsterdam for a couple of days. Where are you from ?

Maggie, I read this today, a bit late I think. I live in the Eastern part of the Netherlands, close to the German border. A ride from my hometown Doetinchem to Amsterdam is only one and a half hour. Probably you're back in the US at this time...

When I go on these photography tours my mind is wiped clean by the time I get back. I was reminded about my promise to get Cleveland photos up on my website yesterday at the fan gathering in NYC. I'll get on it.

Also discussed yesterday, I did write up highlights of my travels, illustrated, and I put this online. I realize that part of the delay, in addition to just too many things to do, is that I've been having trouble uploading files to my server for the last several months. This, in addition to my computers behaving slowly, and I give up in frustration forgetting until I get a reminder to try some more. Anyhoo, I've been working for 15 minutes to upload my travels, including the photo of me running with thousands at the Paul McCartney Quebec concert that was on the front page of Montreal's Le Devoir.

And btw, I probably passed close to your town traveling by train from Amsterdam to Duisberg on the way to Copenhagen.

Enjoy. I'll work on new Cleveland pages as I can. It does take time.

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LC   

Yeah, come on! It's like Belushi said in Blues Brothers... It's time to get the band back together! Raspberries, EC, Overdubs, and/or a combination thereof! Go get 'em, Billy!

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