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Partial Raspberries Reunion October 22, 2011?

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marvin   

It certainly was a wonderful two days in Cleveland - and that doesn't count my current situation, which is being stuck at Hopkins for another four hours due to plane maintenance issues. Cleveland, I luv ya, but enough already!

The Cleveland visit began with going to see Jesse's band, The Robin Electric, on Friday night with Tim. We were both really impressed by the strong Pop tunes that tRE put forth, and I would totally recommend you see them if they are playing near you.

On Saturday I went to the sound check, along with photographer extraordinaire, Gene Taylor. We were met in the parking lot by Wally, who was very grateful to all those who came from near and far for the show, and by Scott McCarl. It was a thrill for me to meet Scott, someone whose tunes on the "Starting Over" album, have stayed with me for a lifetime. We chatted for a long time, and he even spoke about the phone interview I did with him seven years ago. He seemed almost embarrassed by me praising his efforts, and his humbleness was very affecting.

The sound check itself went on for about four hours, and the highlight for me was definitely hearing Scott sing "Play On." The core band for this show was Wally, Billy Sullivan, Rich Spina (keys), Ed Brown (drums), and Bill March (bass), and they nailed the song. Also present for some Choir songs were Dave Burke, Dan Klawon, and Ken Margolis.

The show itself was filled with many highlights, including the surprise (for Wally) attendance of Lex Marchessi of Fotomaker, who played on a couple of songs. It was pure joy to see Wally getting the accolades that I believe he so richly deserves. The night was billed as "Wally Bryson and Friends", and for this night, friends all came by to pay tribute to the man and the musician.

Big thanks to Kay, Wally, Billy, Scott for their hard work, and to the fans that I did get a chance to spend time with: Tim, Steve, Dave, JohnP, And JohnO.

Here is the set list - and I apologize if I got some of the titles wrong to the more obscure (for me) songs:

1. I'd Rather You Leave Me (Choir)

2. When You Were With Me (Choir)

3. It's Cold Outside (Chioir)

4. When Is Your Dream

5. I Still Want You (Tattoo)

6. Moondog Blues (Tattoo)

7. Yer Stale (Tattoo)

8. Come Around And See Me

9. Hands On You (Wally and Scott)

10. Rose Colored Glasses (Scott)

11. I'll Be On My Way (Billy)

12. Cry (Scott)

13. It's All In the Game (Fotomaker - with Lex)

14. Two Can Make It Work (Fotomaker - with Lex)

15. Goodbye (Fotomaker - with Lex)

16. Might As Well

17. With You In My Life

18. Last Dance (with fiddle player Bob Yoakim)

19. Don't Want To Say Goodbye (with Rich Spina doing an incredible take on Eric's co-lead vocal)

20. Play On (Scott)

21. Party's Over (with Wally adding a bridge that was in the recorders demo original, but was never included in the official recording)

Thanks!

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James   

Nice post Marvin, thanks...I enjoyed it.

P.S. Strong close to the show!...I LOVE each one of the final 6 songs. "With You In My Life" has become one of my favorite Raspberries songs. I don't know how well it can play live, but the studio version is brilliant, IMHO.

James

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JohnO   

Marv - I counted 23 songs by Wally & co. last night - they played 2 versions of "It's Cold Outside" - first, a slow version much like Tattoo's, which segued into The Choir's version (great to hear Wally sing it, though). Also, they did "Thanks For The Ride" from Scott's album. . . I think it was Scott's first song last night.

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JohnO   

And while we're on the subject of set lists, anybody wanna know The Misfits' set list from Friday's show at Peabody's (about 1/2 mile from the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Cleveland)?

Didn't think so. . . .

(If anyone does, I do remember their first 11 or 12 songs (out of about 36-38 in total) were from their brand new album. Beyond that,somewhat of a blur. . .)

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marvin   

Marv - I counted 23 songs by Wally & co. last night - they played 2 versions of "It's Cold Outside" - first, a slow version much like Tattoo's, which segued into The Choir's version (great to hear Wally sing it, though). Also, they did "Thanks For The Ride" from Scott's album. . . I think it was Scott's first song last night.

You're right John - forgot about "Thanks For the Ride."

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marvin   

Nice post Marvin, thanks...I enjoyed it.

P.S. Strong close to the show!...I LOVE each one of the final 6 songs. "With You In My Life" has become one of my favorite Raspberries songs. I don't know how well it can play live, but the studio version is brilliant, IMHO.

James

Rich had the entire horn section parts of"With You In MyLife" captured effectively on his keys. It sounded great.

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MJ   

SIGH ....... sounds like a great setlist... I would have loved to have heard When is Your Dream and Play on live OMG let alone all the other songs.... Thanks Marv for your insight and take on the evening. I hope you get home safe and sound!

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marvin   

Wally was certainly nervous leading up to this show, but once on stage, he was his joking, playful self, commandeering the stage with a presence few can match.

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JohnO   

Also, I loved Wally's comment at the very start of the show, regarding just his guitar and voice doing "I'd Rather You Leave Me". . . ."I'm gonna do this - all by myself! Oops, did I just say that?" (accompanied by sh*t-eating grin. . .)

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Also, I loved Wally's comment at the very start of the show, regarding just his guitar and voice doing "I'd Rather You Leave Me". . . ."I'm gonna do this - all by myself! Oops, did I just say that?" (accompanied by sh*t-eating grin. . .)

Gosh...and here I found that childish and no really reason for it. (Gee, I hope it wasn't rehearsed.) But that's just me. I left soon afterwards as I went to see Jim Bonfanti with my friend Denise.

I enjoyed what I did hear and was so happy to see some of the people from the board supporting a former Raspberry. Always great to put faces to names---names to faces. The crowd seemed to be enjoying themselves.

Too bad more people couldn't make it. It's not often one will get the chance to see one of the guys. It seems like some serious money was raised and that's what it's all about! Now, that rocks!

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Just got home from a fun / exhausting trip!

It was great to see everyone, and it was a fantastic show! smile I sat for a while, but I mostly stood and walked around. The entire Ballroom was filled with smiling faces! Wally looked and sounded terrific - I was able to talk to him briefly a couple of times before the show, and even though I didn't travel the farthest, he made a point of thanking me for traveling to the show. The entire band was spot on with all of the songs - I couldn't get over how great Scott's vocals were!

I know I'll have more thoughts later...

I'm not sure what will come of it, but I know that Gene was there taking professional pictures and I think it was being videotaped.

Tim

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MJ   

I'm so glad some of you got to see Scott & Wally perform together - I am SOOO Jealous lol. I hope there will be video that will be available for us all - after all it was for a great cause to benefit kids and music!

I would have loved to have heard the Fotomaker songs live! Hell I would have loved to hear anything those two sang live OMG....

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Damn it....I sat around and did pretty much nothing all day yesterday. I had seven loans lined up to close on Friday and only three of them went (the others will close in November)

When I first heard of this show I figured I could spend the day driving to Cleveland on Friday and then when my work scheduled filled up, I just couldn't justify it.

I counted 10 Raspberries tunes...that's almost a concert in and of itself.

And Wendy, I agree the remark might have been a little "uncalled for" shall we say...but it was funny and given their history, I'd say it was a good natured "poke". I actually give Wally some credit for throwing it out there and then leaving it at that.

Scott and Wally make a good team...I hope they do something like this again, because next time I won't miss it!

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I got there just as Wally came on stage. He sounded great as did all the various band members. I don't remember any Sittin' Duck songs but they did play "I've got the Blues" when I seen the Ducks play out. The Ducks used to practice in my shop years ago. That was was wild when I found out who they were. All I knew is that some band wanted to use use some of the space. When I found out who it was I about sh*t myself. My hometown heroes were going to practice in my shop. Yep, I think I'll rent this building! I hope Wally does something like this again. It was a great night. I wish I would have met some of you. I may have as I did talk with several folks. I sat in the last row left side facing the stage.

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John P   

I'm still in Cleveland and I must say that it was well worth the trip. A rare occasion to hear some of these songs live. "Hands on you" gave me chills. Tim, Marvin, and Steve it was a pleasure to meet up and chat with you all.

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And Wendy, I agree the remark might have been a little "uncalled for" shall we say...but it was funny and given their history, I'd say it was a good natured "poke". I actually give Wally some credit for throwing it out there and then leaving it at that.

Ah, but see, as a audience member, given (what I have heard of) their history, it didn't seem to me it was a "good natured" poke.

I don't think a talented artist needs to be poking another (extremely) talented artist at a public event. I personally can't give anyone credit for throwing uncalled comments out there.

The show was a nice success, money was raised, people enjoyed the music...no poking required. Nope...

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Sorry I forgot you Wendy because it was so brief that it slipped my mind.

No problem. I just didn't want to keep talking as I think the show was about to start or had just started. That wouldn't have been nice.

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