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donzi   

Hello all.

I missed the whole Raspberries phenomenon by a couple of years. Dang! My formative teenage years was 1976 - 1979. I'm a huge fan of the band Boston. A few months ago, while listening to a classic rock station, "Go All The Way" came on. I have always liked this song but never knew who the band was. I was tired of waiting for new music from Boston and decided it was time for some "new" music to listen to. Am I glad I decided to check into this song! I first started out buying Raspberries Greatest & Eric Carmen Definitive Collection CD's. Those CD's led to the purchase of Raspberries Live on Sunset Strip Deluxe Gift Set, all 4 Raspberries albums downloaded from Amazon, and the Marathon Man ebook downloaded from Smashwords. If you haven't figured it out yet, I'm a fan! :D What a blast discovering this great music at 51 years old.

Mike

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donzi   

Greetings from New Zealand Donzi! Welcome to the bestest website in cyberspace!!

Thanks Kiwi. I have to agree with you regarding the website. And how cool is it that Eric Carmen comes on and interacts with the members?

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Hi Donzi,

You know I just heard "GATW" myself playing in a N.O. deli on Saturday morning which I thought was so cool :cool:.

Eric is definitely a rare soul, and we are all fortunate to be able to interact with him, voice our thoughts and opinions, interact with each other and make some new friends.

Just wait till the new CDs come out!!!

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MikeC   

 Hi Donzi. I was at a casino near Palm Springs, California. It must have been just before 2;00 A.M. and that was the song, :Go All The Way" being played over outstanding speakers. Of course I sang as loud as I could, because it is so noisey, they turn the volume up, extra loud.

This site is amazing. Someone even tweeted one of my posts on sports. That I'm sure were commented on. I need to become a twitter member. I will, since I'm working on film ideas, and I have friends who do independant movies, giving me tips on what to do,

I, too, am lucky, having been around outstanding musicians, singer /songwriters. They have performed with Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, at Brad Pitts first wedding (Piano). It was exciting for me to have met Michael Jackson's former drummer at an after party. With all-star musicians, also attending.

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redd   

Greetings Donzi! So glad to hear from you :) Am rediscovering my love for all Raspberries/EC music. This is a super cool website & it's fun to meet new members that share our musical interests. Wow, I haven't heard ANY Raspberries music on our local classic rock station, might email them & ask why??! Never have on my XM classic rock stations either. That's why my favorite Pandora station I created is the "Raspberries station" & I listen to that almost every weekday while getting ready for work. They do have a good collection of songs, even heard a song from Live on Sunset Strip today! Makes me smile to start my day that way (created an Eric Carmen station but deleted it, the song selection was so poor. How can THAT be)?? Welcome aboard, we look forward to your future posts.

Gina (from Pa)

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I don't know why, but I get a certain thrill about hearing new fans discovering Raspberries/Eric Carmen music. Maybe it's because I remember back to the day I discovered it and all the enjoyment I've had since that time.

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redd   

Gee Craig, you are signin' my song :) Guess that's why i love to hear new fans of any age discover Raspberries music, too! Now THAT'S music to my ears. Tho Raspberries are no more we still have new releases coming soon from Eric <3 Sigh, life is good...

Gina from Pa.

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Gina, You know I wanted to add something all EC Community people should never forget.  In Ken Sharp's book about the Raspberries, there are separate handwritten letters from Eric, Dave, Jim and Wally essentially thanking everyone for their support.  As I recall, Eric's letter says their songs were written for the fans, so I believe no one should ever doubt his commitment to past, present and future fans.  Love ya G, Mary Ellen ;)

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redd   

Dear M.E

You ALWAYS add a special "spark" to the Community & have a wealth of information to share :P Now I KNOW I can't wait to read the Raspberries book by Ken. Handwritten letters, you say??!! Am positively swooning Haha. Thx as always for sharing...

Lots of luv from G in Pa.

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Gina,

Yeah girl, and wait till you see cutie pie's pics in Ken's book!!  Now if my new pal Don L. will just get those Cyrus Erie pics in the mail to me... Don and I email each other from home now.  I'm in the process of moving back into N.O. and things are crazy for me right now and Don hasn't been well, so I'm not going to bug him.  When I receive the pics, I'll post some for the "Community" um, that is, unless I can't stand the idea of sharing!   :)

Hugs,
Mary Ellen

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LC   

Welcome to Mike --- your discovery of Raspberries is a great story. As much music as I listened to in my own "formative teenage years" (which are about the same as yours, with a couple years' of head start), I know there are artists from that era that I'd dig if I'd just snoop around some more..... 

PS: Boston was a great band --- they really defined that late-'70s era of big, arena-sized rock'n'roll. I still remember "More Than a Feeling" and "Long Time" being cranked out of so many dorm windows during my first year of college.

Welcome also to Mary Ellen, aka Cayenne Girl. I like your spirit -- and love that avatar. Stevie!  

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LC   

I love Stevie --- my favorite female singer ever. I saw Fleetwood Mac just last month in Boston, and they were outstanding. It was so cool to sit back and watch Stevie and Lindsey and Mick and John play songs that "took hold" so many decades ago.... "Dreams," "Gypsy," "Go Your Own Way," "Gold Dust Woman," "Never Goin' Back Again," "The Chain," --- and maybe my favorite, "Storms." Lots of other great ones, too. 

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LC,

I so envy that you were able to see FM in concert recently!  I love Stevie's voice - and her bohemian style.  Lindsey is great on guitar and vocals of course with John and Mick.  Christine McVie's is fantastic too.  "Gypsy" and "Go Your Own Way" are both favorites of mine, but I think "Landslide" is the song of FM's which always takes me into the highest realm of feelings when I hear it, and I will always love music that can make that happen for me.   Kinda like Eric's music does ;).

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LC   

Ooh -- I forgot to mention "Landslide" and "Silver Springs" --- Stevie and FM did both of those songs, too, in Boston. They were real show-stoppers, and highlights for me personally. Also, when I typed in "Storms," I meant "Sarah." Sorry! I do love "Storms," and Stevie was in great voice all night, and Lindsey was an animal on guitar. The show was at the Comcast Center, an outdoor arena (though a roof covers part of the crowd), and the weather was perfect -- just a little bit muggy, but you didn't notice because the band was so hot.

This was the set list, which I'm copping from http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/fleetwood-mac/2013/td-garden-boston-ma-6bd8c6ca.html, not from my own memory, though the comments are mine: 

1) Second-Hand News (They played almost all of Rumours, starting with this one.)

2) The Chain

3) Dreams (Back in the day, I wouldn't have listed this as one of my among my favorite FM songs; I admit I didn't get why it was such a big radio hit. But by now... I love it --- really love it. Stevie still sounds great doing it live and it's a perfect track for John McVie to show off his chops, as they say.)

4) Sad Angel (One of the four new FM songs from their EP, which I admit I haven't bought yet [download only]). 

5) Rhiannon (Any Stevie fan would have been spellbound by this performance, as I was.)

6) Not That Funny (Lindsey went berserk on this one, as you'd want him to.)

7) Tusk

8) Sisters of the Moon (I was really glad they dusted off this one -- it's among Stevie's most haunting, and a great concert song.)

9) Sara (Loved this one --- Stevie was totally warmed up now.)

10) Big Love (Always a highlight in concert, thanks to Lindsey's "flailing" style, which he developed from imitating the late, great John Stewart.) 

11) Landslide (Brought the house down --- lots of tears in eyes...)

12) Never Going Back Again

13) Without You (Stevie led into this song with a long, long, long story about its evolution.... It dates back to her and Lindsey's pre-FM Buckingham/Nicks days. Her story was so long and winding — and cute — that people were laughing, in a good way, especially when Mick and Lindsey tried to speed her along, totally in a good-natured way. You could tell from this bit how tight and connected the four band mates are. Oh -- and it's not a bad song. It definitely has that Buckingham/Nicks feel.)

14) Gypsy (Sizzling performance -- very magical. Lindsey was more prominent with backup vocals -- maybe too much so? --- than on record, but he nailed that really cool guitar sound in the closing section.)  

15) Eyes of the World 

16) Gold Dust Woman

17) I'm So Afraid (Wow! Lindsey's guitar was just searing on this one. It was the most intense 7 or 8 minutes of the show.)

18) Stand Back (I don't totally love this song, and wouldn't have chosen it for the set list; while FM's 1970s music seems timeless to me, "Stand Back" seems sort of like a "from the '80s" song. Yet after seeing it live, with Lindsey, Mick, and John as Stevie's "backup band," I thought, "Good choice! Not bad at all!")

19) Go Your Own Way (Another show-stopper. Lindsey was scorching on this one, John had our chests caving in with his bass lines, and Mick had to have put holes in the drums. Wow! It was the perfect closer... with encores to come.)

1st Encore

20) World Turning

21) Don't Stop

2nd Encore

22) Silver Springs (Like "Landslide," this one really got to people.

23) Say Goodbye (I was glad they did this song -- it's an underrated number from the underrated Say You Will album. Great melody, great guitar playing, sad lyrics --- it's got it all.)

After that, first Stevie and then Mick took the mike and spent a few minutes just talking to the crowd. They expressed how much they appreciate their fans for following them all these years, and how grateful they are that people still come out to see them play. I want to say Lindsey also spoke at this point, but it might have been earlier in the concert, before "Go All the Way," I think; I remember him saying how special it is for the band that so many fans come out and receive their songs as if they were hearing them for the first time all over again. 

No doubt, it felt like that.... I saw Fleetwood Mac two earlier times, but it was so long ago --- once on the Tusk tour of 1979 or 1980, and once in 1982 at the US Festival in San Bernardino, Calif. Even though they still had the estimable Christine McVie at those shows, there was something about the Boston date in June that makes it my favorite --- maybe because it's so hard to believe they're still sounding this good and are still relevant 30-some years after they were ruling the pop music world. 

Hope I get to see 'em again!

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LC,

Wow!  What an fantastic post :).   Although I had Eric's signed Raspberries' guitar pick implanted like a microchip long ago, I've definitely enjoyed this FM excursion.  I'll read over your post again and again to really take everything in, and you have an incredible memory for detail. 

I know The Killers do a cover of "GATW" but didn't know FM does too?

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James   

Great stuff LC!...keep the LC posts coming!..

I saw Fleetwood  Mac once, 1976....Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh...backing up the Eagles (who I travelled from Columbus, OH to see).

I remember weaving thru the crowd with the objective of trying to get up to the first row....I accomplished this, and then climbed the wall that separated the band from the crowd...I got to the top and was like 5 feet in front of Stevie Nicks (what a coup I thought!..)....then the cops billy-clubbed my hands and down I went.

Oh well....luckily I guess, for Stevie...if I'd stayed up on the wall much longer she would have likely tried to jump my bones, and embarass herself in the process. All's well that ends well.

P.S.  To me, "I'm So Afraid" is the absolute apex of Fleetwood Mac.  But then I'm a little more into heavier stuff than many of their fans.

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redd   

GREAT story, James! I'm certainly glad you saved Stevie that embarrassment. Haha :lol: Wow, to be a female rock star...guys willing to risk life & limb to get close to you...glad you came through the concert unscathed!

Gina (from Pa)

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Hi James,

I very much agree with you - LC does need to do more posting :).

(I'm sure you are right about what would happen if Stevie ever had the chance to get close to you, James.  She could have fallen off the stage and the entire concert would have been ruined!).

Glad you are a FM music-lover too.  I enjoy so much of their music and the more sentimental music, but I will agree "I'm So Afraid" is at the apex.

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Anyone who is interested in seeing a scorching (and what most would agree is also the BEST) performance of "I'm So Afraid" should check out:  YouTube - FM - I'm So Afraid - Live 1976 by Buckinghamfan68.  The post is from the 1977 Fleetwood Mac Rosebud Documentary.

Y'all will LOVE it!

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