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  1. That's a pretty good list, LC... but with 27 songs, you might be keeping Eric on stage for a bit too long. I don't think he's a McCartney or Springsteen in that respect. Also, I like how you're starting with a couple of big tunes, but I think you're piling up too many at the start without enough at the end. Anyway, I can truncate you list and maybe add a twist or two like this: 1. Sunrise 2. Hungry Eyes 3. Make Me Lose Control 4. Almost Paradise 5. Let's Pretend (Raspberries) 6. My Girl 7. She Did It 8. Hey Deanie Piano Set 9. Love Is All That Matters 10. I'm Through with Love 11. Fooling' Myself 12. Never Gonna Fall in Love Again 13. Boats Against the Current 14. I Wanna Be With You (Raspberries) 15. It Hurts Too Much 16. Tonight (Raspberries) 17. Overnight Sensation (Raspberries) 18. Marathon Man 19. Go All The Way (Raspberries) Encores 20. That's Rock 'N' Roll 21. All By Myself I'd see that! Hell, I'd buy tickets just to see him tune a piano! 😎
    7 points
  2. Happy New Year to all!!🥂☺️ Tim
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  3. 2023- Making Message Boards Great Again
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  4. Well-done, Bernie and James. There's a lot to recommend in both of your setlists — I'll address 'em just below. You guys brought up things I didn't think of, even in my all-encompassing slave-driver mode. Yes, if I were the Tour Sponsor Rep negotiating this deal with EC Agent Bernie, I'd be pushing for at least 27 songs. I estimated out the time, and the music itself would take just about 2 hours. Of course, we all know the between-song banter, intermission, and breaks before the encore(s) would push this thing to 2 hours and 30 minutes — or 2 hours and 45 minutes. I agree that's too much for someone not used to doing marathon shows. So, sure, I'd cave in. Especially when Agent Bernie played the cards up his sleeve. Sponsor Rep LC: We need 27 songs, Bernie. Agent Bernie: No can do. Twenty at the most. We need to keep the show under two hours. Sponsor Rep LC: It's gotta be 27 so we can justify the first-class accommodations and unlimited supply of Diet Coke. Twenty-seven. It's only another 35 minutes. Agent Bernie: If you hold out for 27, I've gotta tell ya: That set list does not include "All By Myself," "Go All the Way," or "Hungry Eyes." Sponsor Rep LC: Ugh. Agent Bernie: Or "Boats Against the Current." We know that's your favorite. Sponsor Rep LC: Fine. You can cut down the set list.... Hey, can you at least give us 21? Agent Bernie: Fine, I'm in a good mood... 21 it is. But don't be surprised if Eric opts for the short version of "All By Myself." Sponsor Rep LC: We'll take our chances. We think he'll do the Rachmaninoff bit in the middle. He can't help himself... Agent Bernie: Fair enough. I'll let him know it's his option. One other thing: NO Steve Miller or Sweet in the piped-in music before the show! All that said, I think maybe the answer is in the middle... James's 24-song set? PS: Kirk wants to see both of you in his office about your exclusion of "Starting Over."
    6 points
  5. The band got together at the hotel they were staying at in Cleveland after Raspberries' New Year's Eve show in 2004. I was staying at the hotel, too, so got to crash the party. We took over a room in the lounge that had a grand piano in it. When Jennifer spotted the piano, she sat down and played "Lady Madonna." It was amazing! We even coerced Eric to sit down and play a few. He asked if there were any requests and a waiter asked, "Do you know any Bill Joel?" Seriously. That actually happened! 😳
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  6. It’s a Brand New Year!
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  7. Happy New Year!!!
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  8. As long as there are sites out there doing robotically generated EC setlists (per this Lew Bundles thread), we might as well come up with our own. If Eric were to do some live dates at this point in his life, and: • were to keep a show to a reasonable length: say, 22 songs and five encores (for about a two-hour show, vs. the three-hour marathons of the Springsteens of the world) • were to draw from his whole career • were to tackle hits as well as worthy deep cuts and maybe a cover or two • were to employ a band that can really play • and were to enlist backup vocalists who can cover the vocal stretches... ... it might look like the following. I welcome alternative setlists based on your biases. Pure fantasy, I know, but... what else do we have to talk about? Lol My offering has 17 solos, nine Raspberries, and one cover. There's maybe not enough rock-oriented songs, but... his solo work was more on the ballad side. 1. Sunrise 2. Hungry Eyes 3. Make Me Lose Control 4. Never Gonna Fall in Love Again 5. Almost Paradise 6. Let's Pretend (Raspberries) 7. Go All the Way (Raspberries) 8. Tonight (Raspberries) 9. No Hard Feelings 10. My Girl 11. On the Beach (Raspberries) 12. She Did It 13. I Can Remember (Raspberries) 14. Starting Over (Raspberries) 15. Love Is All That Matters 16. I Can Hardly Believe You're Mine (Raspberries) 17. The Way We Used to Be 18. Waiting (Raspberries) 19. I'm Through with Love 20. Desperate Fools 21. Everything 22. Boats Against the Current Encores 23. It Hurts Too Much 24. That's Rock'n'Roll 25. Walk Away Renee (cover) 26. Overnight Sensation (Raspberries) 27. All By Myself
    5 points
  9. A different approach.... Days and Nights Set Desperate Fools/Sunrise Medley (love that idea!) Someday Tonight Me, Myself and I Set I Wanna Be With You Fooling Myself All By Myself The She Set My Girl She Did It Cindy In The Wind Hey Deannie Body Parts Set Change of Heart I Wanna Hear it From Your Lips Hungry Eyes Hands On You If You Change Your Mind (segways into next song) The “I Can’t Take It Anymore” Set Runaway I Don’t Know What I Want It Hurts Too Much The Love & Sexy Set All For Love Let’s Pretend Go All The Way
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  10. Thanks for the birthday wishes, everyone! MUCH appreciated!
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  11. Love this thread and seeing everyone's ideas here. Thank you for starting it LC. Soooo..I have been mulling this set list over. However, I tend to be a little dramatic in how I think concerts should be. Not sure if Eric would agree with this but here we go. First of all, Desperate Fools Overture is a very moving little piece. It somehow gives me visions of an old western movie with the characters riding off on their horses into the sunset so to speak. But let's say to begin, the stage is all dark and we hear a string quartet playing Desperate Fools Overture. Then slowly the lights fade in and a fantastic video presentation comes on the screens designed by none other than Bernie Hogya. The overture ends on a long sustained high note played by the strings as you hear in the original recording. So wouldn't it be great if that sustained string note is held out and it actually blends seemlessly into the intro of Sunrise...which begins with a high sustained note (although it's synthesized) in the intro. However, they are both played in different keys. But that could be easily taken care of as Eric's voice will be singing in lower keys at this stage of the game. (and Eric is an expert at key modulations). So as soon as the vocal part of Sunrise begins, Eric will be revealed in a full lit stage playing at the piano and singing his vocals. ( I agreed with many of the choices that some of you had and the order, but I also have my own take with my favourites). So the stage is set and here is my set list as I see it: Opening: Desperate Fools Overture 1. Sunrise 2. Never Gonna Fall in Love Again 3. Love Is All That Matters 4. Make Me Lose Control 5. Almost Paradise 6. Hungry eyes 7. She Did It 8. My Girl 9. It Hurts too Much Raspberries Set: ( An appearance by Wally Bryson would be greatly appreciated anywhere in this set). 10. Waiting 11. Let's Pretend 12. I Can Remember 13. Starting Over 14. Go all the Way Back to the Piano: 15. I'm Through with Love 16. She Remembered 17. Last Night 18. Change of Heart 19. Desperate Fools 20. Boats Against the Current Encores 21. The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (The real fans of Eric Carmen know that this song would have to be performed..albeit a shorter version) 22. That's Rock'n'Roll 23. Everything 24. All By Myself Then of course the string quartet returns to play Desperate Fools Overture "Reprise" as the stage fades to black and Eric and the band leave inconspicuously with a sunset beautifully displayed on screen. That's it! (Bernie.. I would pay for Eric Carmen just to come out and stand beside the piano).
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  12. One of the challenges that an act like EC has is the dearth of recognizable tunes to the general public…So he really needs to space them out a bit and don’t leave any of them out…That’s why I would include Change Of Heart somewhere (I don’t think anybody inserted that one)…As much as some of you guys want to hear “obscurities ” like Everything or Desperate Fools(which in my opinion are the bottom dregs of his catalogue), he needs to include all “recognizables”… Also, Maybe he can do an acoustic bit in the middle of the show with If You Change Your Mind, Nobody Knows and Let’s Pretend… Pretty cool thread, LC… P.S.-I would open with I Wanna Be With You and with the lights down after the acoustic set or the beginning of an encore is when I would start with those “Daybreak” sounds of Sunrise”
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  13. Fun thread, good one LC. Surprised your list doesn´t include what could be Eric´s best song, "Foolin Myself"....but we all have our different druthers. Let me give this a shot. My picks also are weighted more heavily to his solo music as this is a solo show. Also I will accept deserved criticism for not including the 2 great ballads from Geffen. 1. My Girl 2. Inside Story 3. Sunrise ( ...pretty upbeat punching opening 3 ...) 4. Cartoon World 5. Never Gonna Fall in Love Again 6. Waiting 7. If you change your mind 8. I wanna hear it from your lips 9. Hey Deanie....a more rocking version than the studio version 10. Overnight Sensation ::::: INTERMISSION::::: 11. Boats Against the Current 12. Someday 13. All By Myself 14. Heaven Can Wait 15. She Did It...gotta have some strong backing vocals harmonizing on this one live 16. I think I found myself (would be cool live, an underrated song of Eric´s) 17. Everything 18. Desperate Fools 19. Make Me Lose Control 20. No Hard Feelings Encore 21. Foolin Myself 22. That´s Rock & Roll .....a la The Midnight Special rocking live version Encore, 2nd 23. I can remember Encore, 3rd and final 24. Love is all that matters
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  14. ALL lists like this mean NOTHING to me. I am only interested in hearing the opinions from people whom I respect or have like tastes in whatever subject we are evaluating. We make lists all the time on this board. And it's fun because we've come to know the tastes of the members here. Sometimes it makes us explore someone or something that we hadn't before. Beyond being interesting though, it doesn't influence what I like or dislike. It's interesting to me, for example, that James dislikes Journey so much, but it didn't affect what I think of them. BUT a critic, or any other complete stranger that makes a list...I just don't care. Would I knock on my neighbors door and say "I'm interested in knowing what your 15 year old thrash metal loving daughter's list of Top 10 singers of all time is"? No! It's why if I were Burton Cummings, I wouldn't care one bit about the fact that thirty people don't appreciate my music enough to nominate me to their self-significant organization, when 2 million people appreciated my music enough to buy my greatest hits album.
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  15. Happy New Year to all our ec members...."drink a toast to all the ghosts we leave behind us"
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  17. Happy New year everyone 🎊🎉
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  18. Vinnie, here’s what I figure…and believe me, I don’t know the guy at all…I figure he wakes up, goes to the gym, comes home, has lunch, fiddles around on the computer a bit, checks his stocks, takes a nap, goes out to dinner with his wife, comes home, watches a movie or Fox channel, looks at the dust accumulating on his piano, laughs and calls it a night…
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  19. From a conversation Blackhawk Pat and I were just having: favorite situation comedies of all time, not including animated things like The Simpsons and Bob's Burgers. 1. Seinfield 2. Curb Your Enthusiasm 3. The Odd Couple 4. Hogan's Heroes 5. Mary Tyler Moore 6. Dick Van Dyke Show 7. Andy Griffith Show 8. Honeymooners 9. Everybody Loves Raymond 10. The Bob Newhart Show (the first one) 11. Two and a Half Men 12. I Love Lucy 13. All in the Family 14. M*A*S*H 15. The Jeffersons 16. The Office (both the U.K. and U.S. versions) 17. Cheers 18. Frasier 19. King of Queens 20. Friends 21. The Cosby Show 22. Parks and Recreation 23. Modern Family 24. The Middle 25. That Girl 26. Gomer Pyle 27. Louie 28. VEEP 29. Sanford and Son 30. Get a Life (Chris Peterson character, payed by Chris Elliott) Honorable mentions: • Newhart (the second one) • Sex and the City. • Brady Bunch and Happy Days: a bit too hokey to make my Top 30. • Bewitched and I Dream of Jeanie. Far-fetched but fun. • Rosanne. Too much of a downer to make my Top 30. • The Monkees and The Partridge Family: I wish the scripts were better, but the music was enticing enough that they merit honorable mention. Five clunkers (for me): WKRP in Cincinnati, Third Rock from the Sun, Maude, Barney Miller, Taxi. Pat insists The Larry Sanders Show will be addictive if I go back and check it out. I am giving it a try. For further reading: https://www.rollingstone.com/tv-movies/tv-movie-lists/best-tv-sitcoms-1162237/will-grace-nbc-1998-2006-2017-2020-1162692/
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  20. Many of you know that I was a co-creator of the milk mustache campaign. Around the same time, I helped invent another campaign for a different brand. It's called The Foundation For A Better Life (www.PassItOn.com), and its sole purpose it to help make the world a better place by reminding everyone of the good in people, the power of positive thinking, and believing in yourself. I'm really proud of the work I do for this organization. The Outdoor Advertising Association of America called it "the most successful public service campaign in the history of outdoor advertising." You may have seen the billboards on your local roads or at the airport along with commercials on late night TV. Here are some of my new billboards released this week:
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  22. I also make a 2023 tour set list. Plan purpose is "The STORY of My Absent by Eric Carmen". The concert is starts just like conversation with Eric and fans. Fans said "I am waiting. If you Change Your Mind", then Eric says "Starting Over" with you! coz "I Was Born To Love You". Then he start singing. Love is grow and grow but love will end. But it's a story, cartoon! 1. Waiting 2. If You Change Your Mind 3. Starting Over 4. I Was Born To Love You 5. Isn’t It Romantic 6. Almost Paradise 7. Lets Pretend 8. Tonight 9. Ecstasy 10. Make Me Lose Control Intermission Sergei Rachmaninov 150 Memorial 11. All By Myself 12. Never Gonna Fall in Love Again 13. Love Is All That Matters 14. Forever Tonight 15. Boats Against The Current 16. Run Away 17. I Can Remember 18. The Way We Used To Be 19. Cartoon World 20. That’s Rock & Roll 21. Go All The Way Enore 1 22. Someday 23. You Need Some Lovin' Enore 2 24. Brand New Year
    4 points
  23. Thanks, LC. I am passionate about Raspberries. And I am a New York Times Bestselling author… so I can turn a phrase (or two). I am also proud to have done a lot of the heavy-lifting that made this website and the band’s reunion possible. I did it for me. And for all of you.
    4 points
  24. ...with Mike Campbell on guitar and Ringo Starr on drums, no less. Wow! I love this song. Ian is such a powerhouse—writing and producing music that continues to inspire me. Just incredible!
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  25. Wishing great happiness and joy to our friend and site founder, the one and only visionary, Raspbernie. The Four Birthday Cupcake Salute is ready to celebrate you!!!! 🥳🧁🍰🎁🎂🎈🎉🕯️
    4 points
  26. Rhonda, I like your thoughtful opening. It's similar in concept to my opening- except it happened for real. Eric opens one of his Roxy concerts with Everything on the piano. Before the last note (sustained with the pedal) fades completely out, Eric rolls into the intro to Overnight Sensation! I thought that was so cool I went home after the concert and started a cassette tape with the same duo- and yes, they are in the same key!
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  27. I’ll try to mix it up a little bringing it up, bringing it down, etc. also taking into account him switching between piano and guitar. 1.Sunrise 2. Never Gonna Fall In Love Again 3. I Wanna Be With You 4. Tonight 5. Let’s Pretend 6. It Hurts Too Much 7. Love Is All That Matters 8. The Way We Used To Be 9. Hungry Eyes 10. Hey Deanie 11. If You Change Your Mind 12. She Did It Intermission…. 1. Boats Against The Current 2. Starting Over 3. Overnight Sensation 4. Make Me Lose Control 5. All By Myself 6. Someday 7. My Girl 8. Play On 9. Ecstasy 10. That’s Rock n Roll Encores 1. Be My Baby 2. Twist and Shout 3. Go All The Way
    4 points
  28. Bewitched,Family affair,The Monkees,The Partridge family,The Brady Bunch,Diff’rent strokes,Happy days,The Facts of life,Family ties,Who’s the boss,The Cosby show,Gimme a break,Punky Brewster,Alf,Charles in charge,Growing pains,The Golden Girls,Married with children,Full House,Saved by the bell,The Wonder years,Home improvement,Roseanne and Blossom
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  29. 1. Hogan's Heroes 2. Beverly Hillbillies 3. Good Times....it was more than just a comedy really 4. Happy Days....early years 5. Gilligan's Island....the Howells and the Professor were a hoot and underrated comedy vehicles 6. Married with Children... should be #1 or 2 7. Sanford & Son.....Aunt Esther scenes put this here 8. Soap....gets in cuz of it's stretching horizons off the wall goofiness Some mentions to some strong comedic actors whose shows didn't make the list: Norman Fell, Fred Gwynne, Eva Gabor, Jean Stapleton, Ted Knight, David Cassidy, Mr. Haney.
    4 points
  30. EC claimed the "Please Please Me" bit came from a Bread record--I haven't been able to determine which one. Truth or Beatles-deflection? You decide. (Excerpt from Cleveland Scene June 28-July 4 1973)
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  31. So true LC. I already listened to it twice. Such a great song, I play it every new year. Best Wishes to Eric!
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  32. A very Healthy, Prosperous and Happy New Year to everyone. Let's make it a great 2023!
    4 points
  33. When I stuck that link up there, I listened to “Brand New Year“ for the first time in quite a while. It struck me how good it is and I thought, “Eric should write more music… And record it! He has a way….”
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  34. Happy New Year 2023 — a throwback thread… the Lazarus one! We were eulogizing the board when Bernie plugged it back in… for a brand new year.
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  35. I'm not standing next to either one of you during a thunderstorm...
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  36. I can confirm a Seth/Eric "something"... 😗
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  37. Well, Bernie-to add fuel to the fire…a friend of mine is compiling a book where he is getting celebrities to fill out a list of their ten favorite Beatle moments…I happened to be on the phone with Seth, talking about our fantasy football teams, when my author friend, (who knows Seth from the days when Seth lived in our town of New Haven(where he was born) asked Seth if he could get EC to fill out a Beatle list…Seth confirmed that he had just spoken to Eric on the phone for a couple of hours(the birdie project?)…He was gonna try to get Eric to fill out the form…No luck yet, but who knows? (I betcha Bernie knows)…
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  38. 1. Seinfeld 2. Leave It To Beaver 3. Hogans Heroes 4. The Beverly Hillbillies 5. Gomer Pyle 6. The Partridge Family 7. I Love Lucy 8. F-Troop 9. Get Smart 10. Modern Family 11. All In The Family 12. Everybody Loves Raymond 13. The Middle 14. M.A.S.H. 15. Frasier 16. King Of Queens 17. Mary Tyler Moore Show 18. The Odd Couple 19. Friends 20. Cheers I was going to stop at 20 but... 21. Bewitched 22. Mr. Ed 23. Happy Days 24. The Munsters 25. Green Acres 26. Taxi 27. Police Squad 28. Mork And Mindy 29. The Jeffersons 30. The Brady Bunch
    3 points
  39. I know some here know about this group, but I thought it would be appropriate with the passing of David Crosby that I post some covers that Foxes and Fossils did of CSN(Y) songs. Judy Blue Eyes Carry On Southern Cross
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  40. Beach Boys, my first harmony teaching group. Then Eric mixed BB with everything else he heard, Beatles, The Who, Stones, etc. Below the isolated vocals (a cappella intro) for Please Let Me Wonder made it to YouTube at least now in Jan. 2023 below. Hear how the first ten seconds of 4 part harmony then repeat with Brian coming in at 0:11 on the third of the chord and floating what was then his easy falsetto melody over the same background. -- Bill T.
    3 points
  41. Bernie, this may be my favorite among all the things you've written about Eric and Raspberries. You were so descriptive in bringing us into that very exclusive gathering. It turned out to be the last time the original four played together, so in a way, it's sad. But it also feels triumphant in a lot of ways, considering the killer playlist and the reception. Wish the Rock Hall had thought to make a professional tape of the event. And... it really was an event!
    3 points
  42. Wow Kirk I envy you ... But I'm also glad I can live vicariously through true fans like you who have experienced his performances. Thanks for sharing that anecdote.
    3 points
  43. PS: I forgot to mention a special feature of my setlist: We'll be flying Wally Bryson in to play guitar on that run of Raspberries hits ("Let's Pretend," "Go All the Way," and "Tonight") — PLUS we'd pay him enough to play lead on "No Hard Feelings." AND we'll have Paul Stanley of Kiss on hand to play rhythm guitar on "Go All the Way" and "Tonight." Now there's a guitar attack worth seeing!
    3 points
  44. I don't really hear it on that one. Nor can I really hear it on the chorus of this one, which has the closest "feeling" I could find to that part of GATW. But I can sure as hell hear it on "Please, Please Me!" 😜
    3 points
  45. The closest I was able to hear a similarity is in this track, which has an ascending chord progression in the chorus. I've attempted further analysis but there's only so much Bread I can consume in one sitting.
    3 points
  46. I decided to make my list from Eric's suggestions for a solo concert. I found a list of 10 songs that were his personal favorites, then found another list that Eric put together with his picks for a great solo concert. Of the 2 lists, 9 of the 10 songs on the first list overlapped the second list, so Eric is pretty consistent. The one omission on the second list was All By Myself, so I added it to that list. I also added 2 songs of my own choosing, Everything, and Starting Over. That made 26 songs in total with an intermission and an encore segment. Without further ado, here's Eric's set list with my two additions in the order I chose: 1. Everything 2. Overnight Sensation (This one-two punch opened one of his Roxy concerts and sent chills down my spine) 3. Boats Against The Current Move from piano to guitar 4. Someday 5. Hey Deanie 6. That’s Rock And Roll (The ‘Shaun Cassidy’ dual hits) 7. I Wanna Hear It From Your Lips Back to the piano 8. Nowhere To Hide 9. Run Away 10. Make Me Lose Control 11. Hungry Eyes (80’s dual hits) Intermission 12. Sunrise 13. Almost Paradise 14. I Wanna Be With You 15. Let’s Pretend 16. Tonight (Raspberries trifecta) Piano ballad segment 17. Desperate Fools 18. She Remembered 19. The Way We Used To Be 20. Never Gonna Fall In Love Again Back to guitar 21. Last Night 22. She Did It 23. American As Apple Pie Encore 24. All By Myself 25. Starting Over (dedicated to Kirk LOL) 26. Go All The Way
    3 points
  47. Almost 250,000 views is quite an accomplishment and brings a lot of attention to Eric and his music! Great job, Andie!
    3 points
  48. Happy Brand New Year y'all!
    3 points
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