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  1. Having been a Raspberries and Eric Carmen fan since the mid 70's, and living in New Zealand I felt very much All By Myself.The radio stations here only played a few of their songs. As the years rolled by I managed to find all of theirs and Eric's Albums(more through good luck than good management)During this time I was teased mercilessly by my younger brother. I often wondered what became of them, so one day in 2005 Murray said "lets google "Eric Carmen", so we did and the rest as they say is history. Not only did I discover there had been Reunion concerts there was also an Eric Carmen website. Having signed up I soon found there were many like minded people. We both became members of the website, and spent many happy hours taking part in all sorts of things like games, a chat room and I'll never my 1st prom.(it's not something we have here). Then we discovered Weekend at Berine's .We were able to see pics and read about all of the antics that went on. Not to feel left out we had our own Weekend at Bernie's Down Under, and as part of that we phoned them and they passed the phone around.It was way cool cos I got to speak to Jim The following year there was talk of Eric doing a solo concert so we decided to go for it, but for a number of reasons it didn't happen.So we decided to go to Weekend at Bernies. It was amazing to finally meet so many of the people we'd interacted with on EC.com.But the biggest shock was when Eric arrived.(BTW we really didn't know he was going to be there!!) We thought that that was going to be out "trip of a lifetime", but we have been very blessed to have had 4 more visits traveling all over America and meeting a large number of wonderfully kind and generous people As Murray would tell our friends here when they'd ask us about all our trips and friends in America , "It all started with the music" So thank you Bernie for making it all possible by starting EC.com
    13 points
  2. On March 4, 2006, I took a trip to Cleveland to see Wally Bryson and Jim Bonfanti reunite with some of their Choir bandmates for a sold-out show at the Beachland Ballroom. I brought a surprise guest with me that evening...Eric Carmen, who was first inspired by the Choir when he was a teenager looking to form a band of his own. That weekend, I talked to Eric about the success of EricCarmen.com and suggested it might be time for him to sign up. And, he did. On March 6, he set up an account, and on March 7, he made his first post. Some 2,270 posts later, Eric's participation on this Message Board was legen—wait for it—dary! Imagine if you got to trade stories with Paul McCartney, or did daily Q&A's with Mick Jagger, or had the opportunity to have Bruce Springsteen talk about songwriting and the music business. Well, we got that here at EricCarmen.com—and more! Eric was one of us. And I am thankful for every keystroke he shared.
    10 points
  3. Congratulations and THANK YOU, Bernie!! 👏 Here's to another 25 years!!
    9 points
  4. Congratulations, Bernie! Discovering that this website existed through a shared computer at the local library prompted me to get our first computer in late 1997. Who'd have thought a website could change your life? In addition to everything you said above, I'd like to add that during the 25 years of EricCarmen.com I've made friends from all over the world, found other Raspberries/Eric fanatics, discovered articles, photos, demos, concerts, videos, etc. and a place where they could be shared and appreciated...HERE! As you stated, website forums may not be what they used to be, but I've never taken this place for granted, even in the lean times. Because of your little labor of love, I've seen Raspberries concerts (again!), been able to converse with Eric on this site, and achieved first-name recognition with my music idol. It's been one 'pinch me' moment after another for this quarter century of EricCarmen.com, and I hope to be here until we all ride off into the sunset in the (hopefully) far distant future. Thank you, Bernie! Long live EricCarmen.com!
    8 points
  5. As a late bloomer(I came aboard in 2002), I have always been grateful that Bernie has accomplished the things that he has...If it wasn’t for this website, I might still be thinking that I was the only Raspberries(EC Fan) in the world... Have has some great times here and Made some life-long friends as well...Hope I never see this website posted under the heading “Don’t Want To Say Goodbye”...hope for another 25 years...Thanx, Bern...
    8 points
  6. Last evening, the topic on Bob Lefsetz's SXM podcast was "Greatest Albums of 1972". At the 12:10 mark, "David from Georgia" called in and insightfully (yea, that was me) discussed why he thought Raspberries' self titled, first album was the best album of that year. At the end of the call, Bob said a lot of great things about Raspberries as well as Eric. Specifically, he mentioned Overnight Sensation as a song that he could listen all day long to also gave an endorsement of Runaway as a very special tune on Boats Against the Current. Bob's emailed "letter" as well as his podcast are staples in the music industry. His audience is in the tens of thousands.
    8 points
  7. HD video to be posted tomorrow to commemorate the occasion—audience freeze frame below. 😎
    7 points
  8. Congrats on 25 years! I’ve been late to the party but better fashionably late than never! Been in love with Eric’s voice and music for many years and never knew this page was here until a few years ago. Bernie, you have put a lot of blood, sweat & tears into the site - thank you for all you’ve done. So nice to read the message from Eric! thanks again - this is one place I know will be a wealth of information as well as laughs and making friends with a shared interest! Pam ❤️
    7 points
  9. Eric, you are the BEST ! Bernie,thanks for this amazing website.
    7 points
  10. Congratulations and heartfelt thanks, Bernie. Because of your passion and efforts, I was able to see Raspberries perform live 5 times since I last saw them in 1975. I stumbled across this site quite accidentally (fate?) in 2005 while doing a general internet search for Raspberries-band ( as opposed to raspberry jam, pie, orchards, recipes, etc.. that all came up first!). I immediately joined after reading all of the postings and the talk of the reunion. I joined under a different screen name and was one of the most active posters. I dropped off in 2011 for several reasons, but I rejoined in 2012 under the current screen name. I just could not stay away! I was blessed to have attended the Weekend at Bernie's when Eric, Jim and spouses made surprise appearances. It was a day that will always be among my most treasured experiences. I also spent much time with Dennis Ferrante (RIP) and Paul Sidoti (mostly while he was reclining on a lounge chair with adult beverage of choice!!!) I can't even count how many LP's and CD's I have that Dennis is listed as Recording Engineer. And Paul shot to the top and became Taylor Swift's guitarist. Unbelievable. But most of all, the wonderful people that became friends. It is true, and I am guilty of being stuck in time. Nostalgia is a terminal disease, because I will never stop loving the music, movies, TV shows and artists from my younger days, and I am not sorry and offer no apologies. Thank you Eric and Bernie for being major components of my little world.
    7 points
  11. Dear Bernie: One would never think that covid was a cloud with a silver lining but in my case it was. During the lockdown, I decided to delve into my musical past and take out all of my songwriting files and lo and behold I found all of my Eric Carmen influenced songs and notes. That and many new TV commercials that featured All by Myself, prompted me to think, what's he done in the last 6 Years since Brand New Year. Hence the discovery of this website. I did not own a home computer till 2010 but other attempts did not always lead me to the website but in October of 2021 it did. I knew how to navigate a website a little better and I believe I was even on the website a couple years ago but did not even realize how to get out of the homepage LOL. Aside from discussing music which is my passion and discovering others that have the same passion as I do about his songs, I've gained many new friendships. I feel it has pulled me out of this negative space I was in for two years. And even though Eric Carmen no longer participates here, there is still SO much to discover in old threads to keep me entertained for a very long time. Congratulations on 25 years of this amazing website! Thank you Bernie from the bottom of my heart, love you lots.♥️
    7 points
  12. Here's a 1972 article from a Memphis, TN newspaper with a photo of Eric and Dave that I haven't seen before. I'm guessing it was taken during a press meeting because the photo carries the credit: "Staff photo," which means it was taken locally.
    7 points
  13. In 2007, Raspberries continued their reunion tour making stops in both coasts and ending back where they started, in Cleveland, Ohio: October 13, 2007 — Highline Ballroom, New York NY October 14, 2007 — Highline Ballroom, New York NY November 28, 2007 — The Grove, Anaheim CA November 30, 2007 — House of Blues, West Hollywood CA December 14, 2007 — Playhouse Square, Cleveland OH Their show at the House of Blues in West Hollywood was filmed in high-definition with multi-track audio. Unlike the "Live on Sunset Strip" show that was released on DVD in standard definition, this show was shot in full eye-popping HD. Hopefully, the full show will one day find its way to an official release by the band. But until then, and I'm not even sure I'm allowed to share this, but what the heck... it's EricCarmen.com's 25th Anniversary. Enjoy!
    7 points
  14. Great job! I pulled the clip for anyone who'd like to hear it: LEFSETZ LIVE - APRIL 26, 2022
    7 points
  15. Well, i seriously entered music fandom in 1979 and more or less no longer became interested in modern music around 1990. Around 1980 I endlessly played Eric's four albums and bought them second hand. But the Fifth LP with "I Wanna Hear It from Your Lips"I bought new and that song is with "On Broadway"my favourite. Many years later I bought all Raspeberries albums I could get. And even a second hand vinyl LP. But through the years I kept buying vinyl singles of Eric. In the meantime I became a contributor to rateyourmusic. com or RYM, Discogs' competitor. Last year I re-re-discovered the Raspberries again. But I already had about everything. So I started diligently to search for Live Albums. With one or two exceptions they are inofficial. A pity but they are real bootlegs, not some illegal copy of an already existing CD. And of course I started hunting for unreleased studio stuff but only located a few, most on YouTube. And I am still searching for more as well for Live stuff. Well, that is it, Johan PS. I am not too good at computers and my laptop is 15 years old, a legacy from my brother. J.
    6 points
  16. I guess I'm easy to spot- I'm always the one wearing the eyeglass/nose/mustache disguise LOL!
    6 points
  17. Wow, and Rodney Dangerfield claims HE gets “no respect”. I was just channel surfing and happened to see Ann Wilson from Heart singing along with Kelly Clarkson on the Kelly Clarkson show the ballad “Almost Paradise”. They did a really great version of it, but once they began talking, Kelly said Ann wrote the song and Ann didn’t bother to correct her! I mean, wouldn’t you say something like, “actually I didn’t write that it was written by a great songwriter named Eric Carmen” ????? Come on, Ann……. You are better than that.
    6 points
  18. Happy 25th, Eric and Bernie and all who have graced this forum! ~ BMP
    6 points
  19. Sincere thanks to Bernie for having: the interest to start an early web page the energy to grow it into a website the passion to use his influence to literally spark Raspberries' reunion. If not for EC.com, we wouldn't have had that thrill of a reunion tour (albeit a staggered one with too few dates—I never got the New England concert I hoped for....). I did get to one show — should have been at all of 'em! — but that one show was a lifetime thrill. Raspberries on stage—it was something I pictured in my head fairly regularly since 1976, but thought would never happen. (I know—I was wrong!) My favorite 'berries song, live, from the tour that Bernie helped touch off:
    6 points
  20. So many things die and fade away on the internet...I'm glad ericcarmen.com is still kickin' all these years!...Congratulations Bernie on 25 years of this site...And thanks Eric Carmen for making this site necessary.
    6 points
  21. Such a great website I’m glad to have been a part of it for almost 8 years
    6 points
  22. This site was a huge part of my life for many years. Though I do not check in as often in recent times, I still fondly recall the interactions with many of the members here. Sadly I did not get to attend any of the reunion shows and missed out on actually meeting some of you. But friendships were forged none-the-less and I am thrilled that Raspbernie has kept the place alive this quarter century. Great to see a message from the man, the myth, the legend... the site's namesake himself as well. Smile on my face atm for sure!
    6 points
  23. Thank you so very much for all you have done for us Bernie! Without you and your website I truly believe there never would have been a reunion! I never would have dreamed I would have to been able to see my fave band in person, let alone meet all of them. You made my dream come true! And thanks to Eric for participating in this forum here and there, what a special treat for all of us! And thank you Eric for your wonderful music, both your solo stuff and your band stuff....love it all! Hope you are still creating!!
    6 points
  24. Batman, I am in awe of anyone who got to be at that reunion and see Eric Carmen, an idol to all of us here. I can't even imagine that excitement. I would be excited just to see a current picture of him LOL. So to see him in person and you didn't even know he'd be there... unreal! And when I discovered he actually interacted with fans on this site that was another mind-blowing experience. So entertaining and educating to read some of his old threads. Don't worry, I'm pretty sure the majority of us here have that terminal nostalgic disease. One of the nice things about this site ..we can come here to reminisce and we don't have to apologize.
    6 points
  25. I was a member briefly in 1998. There was only talk of a possible reunion at that time and gas was 85 cents a gallon at one point.
    6 points
  26. This wouldn’t happen under my administration...
    6 points
  27. For those of you following our daily countdown to EricCarmen.com's 25th Anniversary celebration on May 11, 2022—this will be the last yearly marker. It's just not realistic that I can come up with a milestone each year to celebrate—especially as we get closer to the current year. Sure, there were some cool things happening hre and there, including Eric releasing "Brand New Year" in 2014, but most years were just our EricCarmen.com family posting our daily and weekly musings on Eric, Raspberries, music in general and our day-to-day lives. So, instead I'll ask you all to mark your calendars and make sure you check back on our official 25th Anniversary on May 11! I've got the champagne chilling.
    6 points
  28. On June 7, 2010, I posted a story about the time Keith Moon jumped up on stage with Raspberries at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in Los Angeles in '74. Eric—who was regularly posting on the Message Board at the time—added some personal anecdotes to the thread. Since then, I discovered some color slides showing Raspberries playing that very same show before Keith joined them for the encore. Here are a couple. Enjoy!
    6 points
  29. On April 3, 2009, the reunited Raspberries played their final show. They were invited to play at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Party. I was lucky enough to be there and posted this review: The next day, the group appeared at Cleveland's Hard Rock Cafe to sign memorabilia. Sadly, this would be the last time all four members were together in the same room.
    6 points
  30. On November 15, 2008, Eric Carmen made a rare solo appearance at the American Music Masters Tribute concert honoring Les Paul at PlayhouseSquare’s State Theater in Cleveland, OH. Joining him onstage were Slash of Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver, Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and other musical luminaries. Paul, 93, was also there for the show. Eric Carmen and Steve Lukather of Toto joined forces on "It's Been a Long, Long Time." For the grand finale, the entire cast joined Paul for an all-star jam. "This is a wonderful night for me," a visibly moved Paul said. "Thank you so much!" Steve Lukather on lead guitar with Eric on lead vocals. Eric singing a stirring rendition of "It's Been A Long, Long Time." Les Paul, Eric and Slash backstage after the show. Eric poses for a photo with James Burton and Les Paul. Richie Sambora and Eric at the Les Paul Tribute After-Party.
    6 points
  31. For several years, EricCarmen.com held a fan gathering at my house in New Jersey. Affectionately dubbed "Weekend At Bernie's," Jim and Barb Bonfanti surprised everyone when they attended in 2006. But that was just an appetizer, as the next year Eric made an appearance. Needless to say, our friends from New Zealand were feeling left out. So one year, they held their own "Weekend At Bernie's Down Under" and send this photo. RIP, Muzza. You will be missed.
    6 points
  32. Even though Raspberries reunited to play an historic show on November 26, 2004 at the House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio, and a follow-up performance on New Year's Eve that same year, 2005 was the year most fans got to see the band. That year, Raspberries took their reunion show on the road. The newly reformed band played eight additional shows that year, taking them from coast-to-coast: January 15, 2005 — House of Blues, Chicago IL June 26, 2005 — Taste of Summer, Waukesha WI July 2, 2005 — Coors Amphitheatre, Denver CO July 15, 2005 — Scene Pavilion, Cleveland OH July 23, 2005 — B.B. King's New York NY July 24, 2005 — B.B. King's New York NY September 17, 2005 — House of Blues, Atlantic City NJ October 21, 2005 — House of Blues, West Hollywood CA When Eric first told me the band was getting together, I told him that when I saw Paul McCartney at Madison Square Garden in 2002, they played a pre-show concert film to get the crowd excited and in the mood for the show. I asked if I could make one for their reunion. He agreed. And I did. A version of Raspberries' pre-concert video appears on their "Sunset Strip" Deluxe DVD. But for that one, I edited out some photos and video clips that we couldn't get cleared for that particular release. So here, for the first time anywhere (unless you saw this open a Raspberries live concert in 2004-05) is the exact video played right before Raspberries set foot on a stage for the first time in three decades. NOTE: When the audio cuts out after the first few opening notes of "I Wanna Be With You" was when the curtain opened and the live band jumped in. 😎
    6 points
  33. Thought you might enjoy seeing this, Rhonda. It's hanging in my office.
    6 points
  34. It's all about the "pinch me" moments, isn't it? I'm so happy to have found this forum after all these years so I could hang out and converse with all the Raspberries/Eric fans who "get it"! ❤️
    5 points
  35. 25 years ago my kids were in grammar school, I had a different wife, I had brown hair, heck, I had hair (!), and fortunately I had a Dell personal computer. I can still remember pressing the power button, watching the screen boot-up, and visiting EC.com for the very first time. I still get the same feelings coming to the site...excitement, hopefulness, wonder, kinship, and appreciation. Thanks for 25 great ones, Bernie! Dave
    5 points
  36. Hey Eric....Welcome to the Club of Alive Deceased People.
    5 points
  37. WOW.. Bernie you had this trick up your sleeve for a while I'll bet. Thank you so much! Eric Carmen.. thank you always for sharing your musical talents with us and the world. This was very special! ♥️ ps. We are still hanging in there with you.😊
    5 points
  38. Wow! The Man chiming in!! It is indeed a great day🙂
    5 points
  39. Thanks for the kind words, Rhonda. It is comforting and reassuring to know we have this place as an "anchor in time" to keep in touch with like-minded afficionado's of Eric/Raspberries.
    5 points
  40. Few are called, even fewer are chosen. I thought I'd take the time to enumerate the many advantages Kirk, LC and myself share since we are Moderators: 1. Keys to the executive bathroom 2. EricCarmen.com 401(k) match 3. Use of the company car 4. Two weeks paid vacation 5. Free beer
    5 points
  41. I, personally, would not call his ballads "soft"....many of them for me are more intense than his rockers or his melodic pop gems. I like both equally, he is a genius at both, and that is just the truth. No ballad can beat "Boats Against the Current" or "Foolin Myself"....and there is no genius melody by anyone, including Brian W and Paul M, that beats "Let´s Pretend" or "If you change your mind" or "My Girl" or "Sunrise"....and there is no uptempo quasi rocking melodic pop song that can beat "Overnight Sensation".....and re: heavy hard rocking music, no hard rock band ever rocked harder than the last couple minutes of "No Hard Feelings". In my (always) humble opinion. : )
    5 points
  42. Here's another newspaper photo I have never seen before. It's a smiling version of the photo Eric gave me to include in Marathon Man where the band is looking more serious, or "menacing," as Eric described it.
    5 points
  43. This ec.com retrospective is great stuff, Bern...I got a hunch at the end of the series will be the grand announcement of Lew becoming a moderator or maybe , to a lesser degree, a reunion or solo concert...
    5 points
  44. Muzza- this one's for you- RIP my friend:
    5 points
  45. R.I.P., Muzza. You were one of the greats—an easygoing, smart, funny, humble guy who warmed up very quickly to so many of us. My prayers go out to Muzza and to sweet Marilyn. 😞
    5 points
  46. Very sad. Thank you for keeping us informed Lew. This will be a tough time for his entire family. RIP, Murray. 😢🙏
    5 points
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