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  1. There is a lot going on next month as we mark what would have been Eric's 75th birthday: AUGUST 3 • The City of Lyndhurst is having a special Eric Carmen Tribute Concert with donations benefiting an Eric Carmen Scholarship Fund. Raspberries drummer Jim Bonfanti is scheduled to MC the event. Through Members' very generous contributions, EricCarmen.com is a scholarship sponsor and will have some presence at the event. ERIC CARMEN TRIBUTE CONCERT AUGUST 8 • The City of Cleveland will present Eric Carmen and Raspberries with the "Music Keynote to the City" at a ceremony at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Amy Carmen will be on hand (along with other notables) to accept the honor. This event will be open to the public. More details to follow. ERIC CARMEN AND RASPBERRIES TO RECEIVE MUSICAL KEYNOTE TO THE CITY AUGUST 11 • Eric Carmen's birthday will be declared "Eric Carmen Day" in Cleveland, Ohio. Additionally, I have been hard at work on an official Eric Carmen project that is sure to blow everyone's socks off! 😎 Stay tuned...
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  2. I've decided to lift my embargo that prevented non-Members from reading posts on the Message Board. I have some BIG NEWS that will be announced VERY SOON and want to get as many eyeballs on it as possible. Non-Members still cannot post nor can they see certain sections of the website that are for Members only. 😎
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  3. Mike Miller shot this a few weeks ago- great rendition:
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  4. Over the years she's been effusive in her praise for Eric Carmen. She's cool beans also as I've become familiar with her on X. Anyway Kirk or someone may have posted this, but I was a little stunned when I learned she and her twin sister did a version of "Overnight Sensation"....and wanted to make sure you guys were aware. IMHO she did a good job on this arguably greatest pop song of all time. Very cool...
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  5. The sunglasses smiley face is not a clue...but here's one. And just like Howard Carter discovered "wonderful things" when everyone thought there was nothing else to be discovered... 😉
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  6. For those of you coming in early for the Eric Carmen Lyndhurst event, Jim Bonfanti's band Abbey Rodeo will be playing a Summer Concert in Chardon, Ohio on August 2! CHARDON - SUMMER CONCERT SERIES For those going to the event at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and plan to hang around until Eric's birthday on August 11, Jim Bonfanti's band Abbey Rodeo will be playing a Summer Concert in the Park in Willowick, Ohio! WILLOWICK - SUMMER CONCERTS IN THE PARK
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  7. in these pix-I know they're crappy- he is definitely looking at me
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  8. Hmm...well If we hear about this new discovery in July, that would definitely be "Christmas in July". 🎅
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  9. Not a new member, just a blast from the past. I’m trying to get more involved again - several stories about why I’ve been gone. May not be here too often, but will check in and probably lurk, at least at first. Have missed my pals here and hope all are doing well. susana
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  10. Here is a link to an announcement regarding the Cleveland City Council and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame event: https://spectrumnews1.com/oh/columbus/news/2024/07/11/rock-hall-to-honor-raspberries--eric-carmen
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  11. Runs 8 minutes (including Lava soap)!!
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  12. As I mentioned in an earlier post, Mayor Ward said that they hope to put together a DVD of the concert. As soon as he makes details available, I will update everyone here. 🙂
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  13. Messages from May 1997 thru November 2001 EC.com Time Machine
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  14. I recently visited the 9/11 Memorial Wall at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ. I would recommend it for the tribute wall with the names of all those killed in the attack, as well as some of the best views of New York Harbor. The first photo has a piece of the steel I-beam from the towers on display in front of the memorial wall, which are reminiscent of the twin towers in their appearance.
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  15. Gross. But consistent with a world that is becoming untethered to the truth, reality, beauty, and human-ness. I´m listening to the albums Sunflower and Surf´s Up by the Beach Boys tonight. Beauty still exists! Glad I bought 100s of cds over the last years so I´ve got the real deals in case they all become molested with auto-tune etc., or some even banned. P.S. I´ve watched that dude you posted Susie, I dig him also.
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  16. I kept on singing "Schoooooool's out FOR-VER!" to my 6-year-old granddaughter after she graduated from Kindergarten last week. MY WIFE (to our granddaughter): It's not out forever. ME: Yes it is. MY WIFE: No, it's not. [Pause] ME: Alice Cooper says it is. 😙
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  17. Kids, Here's more GREAT news for Eric Carmen fans. Eric's "Make Me Lose Control" is on the official soundtrack for the upcoming (and sure-to-be) blockbuster Marvel superhero movie: Deadpool & Wolverine! Turn the radio up! "Releasing July 24, the original soundtrack for Marvel Studios’ Deadpool & Wolverine features 18 eclectic songs — including “You’re the One That I Want” from Grease and “The Greatest Show” from The Greatest Showman (as performed by Deadpool & Wolverine star Hugh Jackman). The soundtrack will also be available on CD and a 12-inch 2-LP vinyl on July 26. The Deadpool & Wolverine Original Score digital album, with music by composer Rob Simonsen, will also be available in ATMOS on July 24, along with the digital deluxe edition soundtrack, which includes both songs and score." The Deadpool & Wolverine Original Motion Picture Soundtrack track list follows: 1. “Only You (And You Alone)” – Performed by The Platters 2. “Bye Bye Bye” – Performed by *NSYNC 3. “Angel of the Morning” – Performed by Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts 4. "SLASH” – Performed by Stray Kids 5. “Glamorous” – Performed by Fergie 6. “Iris”–- Performed by The Goo Goo Dolls 7. “The Power of Love” – Performed by Huey Lewis & The News 8. “I'm a Ramblin' Man” – Performed by Waylon Jennings 9. “You Belong to Me” – Performed by Patsy Cline (Featuring - The Jordanaires) 10. “The Lady in Red” – Performed by Chris de Burgh 11. “I'm With You” – Performed by Avril Lavigne 12. “The Greatest Show” (From The Greatest Showman/Soundtrack Version) – Performed by Zac Efron and Zendaya and Hugh Jackman and Keala Settle and The Greatest Showman Ensemble 13. “You're the One That I Want” – Performed by Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta 14. “I'll Be Seeing You” – Performed by Jimmy Durante 15. “Make Me Lose Control” – Performed by Eric Carmen 16. “You're All I Need to Get By” (with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) – Performed by Aretha Franklin 17. “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” – Performed by Green Day 18. “LFG” (Theme from Deadpool & Wolverine) – Performed by Rob Simonsen
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  18. Eric's long lost version of "King Tut" was found?
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  19. Bernie has uncovered a treat for us! Can't wait 😃
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  20. Folks, I've been noticing a fair amount of fake Eric Carmen signatures on eBay. Guess it's expected that theives would start offering them to cash in on Eric's passing. Anyway, here is a sampling of recent eBay auctions I would recommend you stay away from. 1. ERIC CARMEN signed album cover; COA 2. ERIC CARMEN SIGNED BOATS AGAINST THE CURRENT VINYL LP THE RASPBERRIES COA 3. RASPBERRIES~Eric Carmen Signed LET'S PRETEND Promo Record Sleeve + 45~Teen Idol
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  21. Fil is indeed quite the affable music scientist, and his Wings Of Pegasus YouTube videos have been dealing with this dire subject in-depth for some time now. Auto-tune is a monumental cultural scourge - and now that the wholesale megacorporate consumption of what used to be the legitimate music business is beyond irredeemable, nothing is remotely sacred. 🎶🪦🖤
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  22. September 1, 2004...EC.com teases of a reunion.
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  23. June of 2024- great article:
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  24. I bought this 1977 mag on ebay mainly for the photo, but hoped the article would be illuminating and objective. Not so on the objective part! I guess this was the era when legitimate rock musicians were only played on FM radio and they had to be stereotypical rock musicians. The interview took place before the release of BATC. It's extensive, but clearly the interviewer didn't want the assignment. As one pulled quotation puts it: "Boats Against the Current: Carmen answers the question of whether he's a true creative individual or a pop hustler." Seriously. Those were the two choices in some people's minds. If you were pleasant, well-dressed, well-coiffed, and well-spoken, you weren't a serious musician in their eyes. The other pulled quotation is one you may have seen from Eric already: "I'm really analytical. It's my best and worst characteristic." I can scan and post the article if it's okay by copyright rules. Maybe not? In one photo he's wearing the iconic white tank top with sheriff's badge and floppy-brimmed white hat with blue (?) hatband. BTW, it was listed at $29.99 or make an offer. I bought it for $23.
    4 points
  25. Never saw this or heard of the product…Did they take it off the market because people’s heads exploded?
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  26. No Dave, they found the long lost tapes for Eric's never released Disco album! 🤣
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  28. ‘Like cold wine in mid-July’, even! (There she goes referencing ‘All Through The Night’ again.) 🧊🍷
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  29. Wishing great happiness and joy to one of my favorite people on EC.com!!!! Hoping the pups & the Mrs. make your birthday full of fun & love!!! 🥳🧁🎁🎂🎈🍰🎊
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  30. The Beatles have been auto tuned, and it is disgusting. Watch Fil's video to see and hear the atrocities done to Hey Jude. Is nothing sacred?
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  31. 4 points
  32. This appeared in the Quora.com feed that I get every day…Pretty funny stuff… Did Keith Richards like John Lennon? Keith’s own words. “He was a silly sod in many ways. I used to criticise him for wearing his guitar too high. They used to wear them up by their chests, which really constricts your movement. It’s like being handcuffed. ‘Got your f***ing guitar under your f***ing chin, for Christ’s sake. It ain’t a violin.’” Keith disliked a lot of musicians. Rap music: “What rap did that was impressive was to show there are so many tone-deaf people out there. All they need is a drum beat and somebody yelling over it and they’re happy. There’s an enormous market for people who can’t tell one note from another.” On Bowie: “It’s all pose. It’s all fucking posing. It’s nothing to do with music. He knows it, too.” On the band Oasis: “These guys are just obnoxious. Grow up and then come back and see if you can hang. The music lacks depth and the singer Liam is a pain, the rest of the band don’t need him.” Richards eventually met Noel Gallagher of Oasis one New Year’s Eve; according to Noel, Richards asked him, “Who’s the biggest c**t? Your singer or mine?'” Gallagher replied, “Well… As your singer wrote some of the greatest lyrics of all time, I’m gonna say mine.” Richards said back to him, “I thought as much'”. On Prince: “An overrated midget… Prince has to find out what it means to be a prince. That’s the trouble with conferring a title on yourself before you’ve proved it. His attitude when he opened for us… was insulting to our audience. You don’t try to knock off the headline like that when you’re playing a Stones crowd. He’s a prince who thinks he’s a king already. Good luck to him.” On Elton John: “An old bitch… his writing is limited to songs about dead blondes.” Elton responded: “It would be awful to be like Keith Richards. He’s pathetic. It’s like a monkey with arthritis trying to go on stage and look young. I have great respect for the Stones, but they would have been better if they had thrown Keith out 15 years ago.” Ouch! On Led Zep: “I love Jimmy Page, but as a band, no, with John Bonham thundering down the highway in an uncontrolled 18-wheeler. He had cornered the market there. Jimmy is a brilliant player. But I always felt there was something a little hollow about it, you know?” On Metallica: “Millions are in love with Metallica and Black Sabbath. I just thought they were great jokes… I don’t know where Metallica’s inspiration comes from, but if it’s from me, then I fucked up”.
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  33. Here are a few lovely moments of Eric smiling while performing, most often to fans and once (3rd pic) after smiling to Jim to indicate he would substitute funny lyrics next time. When playing the piano, he would often turn his head toward the audience and smile when he caught a fan's eye. He and his music brought such beauty to the world! Pic 2: "Raspberries Tonight" on youtube, 1:20 Pic 3: "I Can Remember - Live, 1:38 Pic 4: "Eric Carmen - Japan" 5:31 Pic 5: On Don Kirchner's, 1:10
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  34. So great seeing Jim playing one of his songs live. He hasn't lost a thing. I can hear the sax lines at the end, but I can't see the sax player, or keyboard player if it's a synthesizer. Eric and I were discussing the sax lines at his birthday party at Bernie's house. I sure miss Eric. 😓
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  35. Lucky local Raspberries fans still get to see original drummer Jim Bonfanti play the drum parts on classic songs that he created!
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  36. I will be wearing my shiny new DEPUTY badge
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  37. Update to my June 28 post. We're flying from Orlando to Cleveland the day before the concert and flying back Sunday morning. We'll have a car so we can drive by Eric's high school and his boyhood home. (I accidentally typed "Lake Eric" on my itinerary and think it should be renamed that!!!) I ordered the T-shirt below for my husband, "Fred D," from zazzle.com. The gazebo artwork includes the illustrator's name. My shirt is bright pink, with "Raspberries" on the front and "Eric Carmen" on the back, in the closest typeface I could find to what's on the cover of Eric's favorite album, BATC.
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  38. Granted: ‘Our Own Raspberries’ occasionally verge on seed-y, as any young gang of four easily might - but it’s always tempered by their inimitable musical class and panache! 🍓😋
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  39. Great idea, but I don't think it will happen either. Eric is a hard act to follow. Can't replace him.
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  40. Since I can't attend, I deputize all Members who will be there official EricCarmen.com Reporters! I'm expecting pictures and details from everyone in attendance!
    4 points
  41. I saw that on the tube (twice), but there was no video to support it, so I let it slide. Sounds like it's the real deal! Groovy bananas!!
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  42. Happy birthday to the 'berries bass-man and author of some memorable songs, my favorites of which are: • Should I Wait? — An A+ number and a beautiful change-up on the rock'n'roll-heavy Side 3 album. Hearing this on Live on Sunset Strip for the first time was almost a religious experience. • Makin' It Easy — Also on the Side 3 album, this crunchy country-rocker has some kick-ass attitude that I've always loved. It also made a killer number on the reunion tour, with the Live on Sunset Strip version proving it. I love the Eagles-type backup vocals on the recording and in concert. • It Seemed So Easy — An identifiable love-lost midtempo country-rocker and one of multiple Smalley/Carmen compositions on Fresh. • Goin' Nowhere Tonight — Another Smalley/Carmen country-rock song with a bouncy melody and some cool Wally lead guitar playing. I heard this for the first time after borrowing my sister's "I Wanna Be With You" 45 rpm single, as it's the B side. Who's to say it couldn't have been an A side on its own as a potential hit on country music charts? • They Grow Up — This is from Dave's underappreciated solo album Internal Monologue. Beautiful and touching song... as my fellow dads of daughters would attest. Somewhere around here, I have a "Dave Smalley Ranked" thread (at least I think I do).
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