Raspberries Rock Rock Hall
Let's be honest, most of us true-believers feel Raspberries deserve to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—not only for the GREAT music they created but also for the influence they have had on countless other talented bands and musicians through the years. On Friday night, Eric, Wally, Dave and Jim reminded everyone else.
Stars Pay Tribute To Les Paul
A star-powered, sold-out concert in honor of Les Paul, the original guitar hero, turned out to be a lot more exciting than any video game. Slash of Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver, Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and other musical luminaries were on hand Saturday night at Playhouse Square's State Theatre for a salute to Paul. The guest of honor forever changed the sound of popular music when he invented a solid-body electric guitar. It came into vogue in the 1950s, along with a guitar-driven style of music called rock 'n' roll.
Raspberries Go All The Way…Again
Reunions are a tricky thing. Often, they wind up being half baked affairs, devoid of any magic and padded with disappointment. However, when quintessential power pop avatars, the Raspberries—Eric Carmen, Wally Bryson, Dave Smalley and Jim Bonfanti—reunited in 2004 to perform their first live show in over three decades, they pulled off the impossible and exceeded the lofty expectations of their loyal global fan base, garnering rave reviews in Billboard and Entertainment Weekly.
Raspberries At HOB
So Eric Carmen's sitting as his keyboard. And he starts telling this story. Of lying in bed every night with his transistor glued to his ear. Listening to the Beatles, the Stones, everybody on the radio. And then his fingers start waltzing over the keys.
Hangin' With Raspberries
They've never made a music video, and until last year, they hadn't played together in more than 30 years. In July, though, members of the 1970s power-pop band the Raspberries were invited with open arms (and a few beers) to tape a performance and interview at one of cable television's hippest music channels, VH1 Classic. "We're just going to play until they throw us out," singer Eric Carmen said with a grin.
Amid guitars, keyboards and an array of other music equipment, the drum kit says it all. Emblazoned with the logo of Cleveland's long-lost Raspberries, it's a sight to warm the heart of any fan. All the same, the band's rehearsal space is downright chilly on a recent afternoon.
Eric Carmen's Musical Legacy
In the music business, everybody wants to be as big as the Beatles. But for one teenaged musician stranded in late '60s Ohio—the goal was even loftier—to be the Beatles. A new book on the life of "Go All The Way" and "All By Myself" hitmaker Eric Carmen recounts the story of a dream that could never be.