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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
    14 points
  2. I'm open to suggestions. As for Eric, I called to wish him a Happy Birthday yesterday. He's doing great and has some interesting things in the works. Nothing to reveal right now, but you should be hearing some news soon. He's currently not on social media at all, and enjoying the break. 😎
    13 points
  3. Today marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Raspberries' debut album. On April 10, 1972, the first album from Eric Carmen, Wally Bryson, Jim Bonfanti and Dave Smalley was unleashed on the world. Opening with a guitar riff that exploded on radios that summer, "Go All The Way" quickly became the benchmark sound for the power pop group. In celebration of this momentous anniversary, EricCarmen.com proudly presents a look back at our beloved band. So, grab a drink. Sit back and watch. Pull out that half-century vinyl LP from your attic and scratch that sticker. Raspberries turn 50 today.
    13 points
  4. Here is a super rare set of outtake photos by photographer Roxy Rifken taken in 1984 when Eric was signed to Geffen Records. An alternate shot featuring Eric leaning on a chair wearing the leather jacket was sent out as a publicity photo and used for the cover of Eric's 1997 "Definitive Collection" on Arista Records. That soft, subdued shot is nothing compared to these super-sharp images that show a rougher, tougher Eric. It's always puzzling to see shots like these and wonder why they went with the one they went with. Oh well, everyone's an art director. But, I'm actually an art director, so there's that. Anyway, enjoy these shots boys and girls. If no other reason than to face the harsh reality that you've never looked this good in a photo before. 😎
    11 points
  5. 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. 😎
    11 points
  6. Not sure how many of you caught Muzza’s post on Facebook which informed us that he will be taking an extended hiatus from that platform...Amidst the well wishing from the posters, an ominous overview was set as to the reason for his abstention... He responded to my post with a private text and, although I don’t think it is proper for me to reveal his health situation at this time, I do believe that we can all assist by offering prayers and positive thoughts in his direction... As many of you know, Muzza and his wife Kiwi, were staples on this board for many years and they are two people of the highest caliber level that I have ever met... For the uninitiated or uninformed, they made a handful of trips to America from their native New Zealand and were never lacking for love and support of their fellow EC fans as many of them opened up their homes to the couple for many nights accommodations, reflecting just how popular these two were amongst us... They even had the good fortune to meet Eric on one of their trips here at Bernie’s WAB, a yearly celebration at our webmasters home each year in which Eric(and Jim) actually attended at some point... Now is the time to open up our hearts once again and keep Muzza in your thoughts and prayers...He is a man with a Spiritual dedication and lacks nothing in the Faith department but an extra boost from us would never be considered misplaced or unappreciated... Thanks for your anticipated cooperation... We need more people like Muzza in our world and the longer we have him here, the world shines a little brighter...
    11 points
  7. 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
  8. On August 11, 1997—the first time I ever gave a birthday message to Eric—I wrote: Eric, from "Sparrow" to "I Was Born To Love You" and everything in between, thanks for the music. Without it, my life surely would have had more devastating lows and less exhilarating highs. Your music was there for me through it all. So it's with sincere appreciation and great admiration that I wish you a very happy birthday! Ditto, 25 years later. Happy Birthday, Eric.
    9 points
  9. We've definitely had better state-of-the-website reports. When you reopened this board, Bern, you noted people were abandoning FB, while message boards like this one, depending on the topic, were starting to get more action again. There was a Facebook backlash for reasons that some here have touched on above. But FB is still Grand Central Station—a flurry of activity, with people coming and going. Message boards like this one are for longer stays. Just tough to get people to come by! The FB pages have the benefit of volume and reach. They're omnipresent, and they get the benefit of auto-generated emails lures that drag people in. One advantage EC.com always had was the presence of EC himself. I'm sorry he doesn't feel it's worth his time to pop in and do some of that great conversational writing he used to do. It's been almost 10 years since his last writings. So, left to own our devices, we've chewed on every aspect of EC and 'berries fandom possible, and then some: We've ranked and rated songs with creative angles.... We've done revisionist and "hindsight" history.... We've reminisced.... We've shared photos, rare and common.... We've enjoyed audio and video rarities.... We've seen Kirk's steady presentations of EC-related YouTube efforts.... We've pounced on anything and everything that could be classified as news (from Eric's tweeting career to the sale of his catalog).... We've had Bundles turn into a Hall of Fame researcher, digging through the Internet's vast archives for related mentions.... We've started acknowledging (more than ever) those who have passed away, and set off our own virtual cemetery for tributes.... And, of course, we've sliced and diced the EC and 'berries catalogs every which way—and in the grand scheme, they're not very deep catalogs in terms of quantity. Like Rhonda noted, we appreciate all who do show up. Especially when we're dealing with sweeping curveballs life is throwing at us. Yet as you note, Bernie, the size of the crowd continues to frustrate. It's especially puzzling as to why the aforementioned Facebook pages are overrun with former EC.com board posters. Where'd everybody go? We need a membership drive.
    9 points
  10. Congratulations and THANK YOU, Bernie!! 👏 Here's to another 25 years!!
    9 points
  11. 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!
    9 points
  12. 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...
    9 points
  13. 2000 was a banner year for Eric Carmen fans. On February 29, 2000, Eric’s album of love songs, Winter Dreams, found a home in the U.S. Renamed I Was Born To Love You after the album’s lead-off single, the CD was released on Pyramid Records. Eric was upbeat about the prospects for his new domestic release. A rave review for the single appeared in Billboard magazine: “Eric Carmen’s name will likely conjure fond memories for music fans of the ‘70s and ‘80s, via his stint, first, with Raspberries (remember “Go All The Way” from 1972?), then as a solo performer (‘All By Myself,’ ‘Never Gonna Fall In Love Again,’ ‘Hungry Eyes’). He returns for a comeback bow some twelve years after his last hit with a self-penned/arranged/produced signature ballad of feeling and passion, thanks to a new deal with Miami-based Pyramid Records. ‘I Was Born To Love You,’ as one might expect, is a piano-driven cut with melodramatic strings, a build as potent as an active volcano, and a melody, that, a couple times through, will stick with you the rest of the day. It’s likely that AC stations embracing this surprise return will find an audience that immediately recognizes the voice, and they may well find favor in this full-bodied, savvily performed and absolutely lovely tune. What a nice moment from his new album of the same name.” Tickets for “A Special Evening With Eric Carmen” at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are announced for sale at EricCarmen.com — an hour later, all of the tickets were gone. The show, which promised a question-and-answer session along with a live performance, was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Eric in an intimate setting. Then on May 1, Ringo Starr held a press conference in New York City to announce the lineup of his new All-Starr Band: Jack Bruce, Dave Edmunds, Simon Kirke and Eric! The band played to sell-out shows across the country, with Eric performing "Go All The Way," "All By Myself," and "Hungry Eyes" each night. On several special shows, lucky fans got to see him play "Boats Against The Current." On May 15, Ringo was a guest on Late Night With David Letterman. The show featured a live performance of "With A Little Help From My Friends."
    9 points
  14. Congratulations to Kirk ahead of the drawing...He wins everything...
    9 points
  15. Muzza and Kiwi are two of my favorite people on earth. I met them at Bernie's (WAB/Eric's BD party) and was able to reconnect again during one of their later visits to the US. They were so very loving and supportive of me during the most difficult time in my life, praying with me from half a world away. My heart is with them both as they navigate this difficult path now, and I am storming Heaven with prayers for Muzza's health situation. I hope they both know how much they are loved and cared about. Dear Muzz and Kiwi, kids, if there's ANYTHING I can do...you know I'm here...always, anytime. I love you both so much!
    9 points
  16. I was fortunate enough to meet Muzza and Kiwi (Murray and Marilyn) when they visited Chicago and we all attended the Hardrock Cafe for a luncheon. Everyone in the group was from the board here, maybe 12-15 people, if I recall correctly. Among other things, I gave them a Chicago Blackhawks pennant and because of my name being Blackhawkpat here, somehow they got the idea that I owned the hockey team! Lol (I’ve certainly blown enough money on the team over the past 50+ years but ownership? Not just yet) They told me they hung the pennant up in their living room and anyone who visited them would ask them about it, “The ultimate conversation piece” as they put it. Marilyn wrote me and told me they had never watched hockey before but because of me, every time a Blackhawks playoff game was on national television in New Zealand they tuned in and rooted for my beloved team. That truly made me happy. Two great people, both with huge hearts and big smiles, that I hope and pray the best for. I need you to get well soon Murray, so you are there when I eventually take over from the Wirtz family and buy the team! Get healthy my friend, I’ll be praying for you! Blackhawkpat
    9 points
  17. Lew, that is truly the greatest post you ever wrote. Susie, the same to you. There is such authentic, heartfelt love in the words both of you wrote. Thank you! I met Muzza and Kiwi at Weekend at Bernie's (WAB) in 2007. For newer posters, Bernie used to host a big EC.com gathering at his home in NJ. It's where you could put faces to the names behind the posts here. The year I was there was also the year Eric Carmen and Jim Bonfanti showed up. I had my two (very young) daughters with me, and we got there late and left even later, driving all night to get to our destination (family visit). Muzza and Kiwi were two of the absolute highlights. I mean, flying from New Zealand to see Raspberries and attend WAB? Amazing. And they made such a sweet fuss over my two girls—something a dad notices and forever appreciates. (By the way, Muzza and Kiwi, those two little sweethearts are now 22 and 19! Time is a thief. They do remember the party, though. And I have a picture of them with Eric, though now I wish I had shot them with everyone at the party.) Anyway, I stayed in touch with Muzza and Kiwi through the board and, after they stopped posting here, Facebook. And for years, through fantasy sports. Yes, around the time of WAB, I started fantasy baseball and fantasy football leagues filled with EC.com board members. Muzza isn't much into American football or baseball, but we got him involved every spring by having him choose our draft order, randomly. I always got a kick out of that—no one could complain about his or her draft position; Commissioner LC had nothing to do with it. Muzza handled it from halfway around the earth. So, if you pop back in and read this, Muzza, thank you again! Wishing you all good things and offering positive thoughts and virtual hugs... from the other side of this "rock revolving around the golden sun" (to quote Julian Lennon). Your faith is an inspiration. With admiration, good vibes, and love, Larry (LC)
    9 points
  18. Agreed! Muzza & Kiwi just celebrated their wedding anniversary this week. They have been through SO much over the past few years and have truly honored those wedding vows, together through thick and thin. They have such open hearts full of love and the spirit of adventure. Sending the power of prayer and love across the ocean to New Zealand. We said a special prayer in the barn last night for Muzza as I know how much he loves animals. He's got the love and horsepower of eight rescued racehorses on his side, and they know how miracles can happen and are grateful to be alive to pay it forward. Love you Muzza & Kiwi!!!! ❤️🙏❤️🙏❤️🙏❤️ 🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎
    9 points
  19. I know EricCarmen.com will never get close to the attention fans gave it when it inspired Eric and the band to reunite for a series of concerts, but threads like this one, and others in recent days tells me it still has a purpose. And a voice. And serves as a place for more introspective dialog than vapid social media posts ever could. Glad I was convinced to keep it around.
    9 points
  20. How's this for a RARE photo? There were plenty of black and white portraits taken of Dave, Jim, Eric and Wally when Raspberries visited Merrie Olde England back in 1973, but here’s a rare COLOR photo of the boys from that trip. From deep inside the EricCarmen.com archives...enjoy!
    8 points
  21. How about: Carmen Get It!
    8 points
  22. Here's a photo I took at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame of Eric's original lyrics for "Hit Record" earlier this year. Some interesting bits of unused lyrics in the bridge. It's not in the same rhythm as what eventually made the recording (try singing it to the song—it doesn't fit), which makes me wonder if the bridge had a different melody when Eric first wrote it.
    8 points
  23. Posts have a weighted average as follows: 10 pts- Post has strong Eric content 9 pts- Post has strong Raspberries content 8 pts- Post has some Eric content 7 pts- Post has some Raspberries content 6 pts- Post has no Eric or Raspberries content but is posted in the correct section 5 pts- Post has a relevant link 4pts- Post has mention of Eric but it's only swoon-worthy 3 pts- Post has mention of a harem 2pts- Post is anonymous 1 pt- Post whines about being a moderator 😁
    8 points
  24. 8 points
  25. 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
  26. A son took his father to a restaurant to enjoy a delicious dinner. His father is quite old and therefore, a little weak too. While eating, food occasionally fell on his shirt and pants. The other guests watched the old man with their faces contorted in disgust, but his son remained calm. After they both finished eating, the son quietly helped his father and took him to the toilet. Cleaned food scraps from his crampled face and attempted to wash food stains on his clothes, graciously combed his gray hair and finally put on his glasses. As they left the restroom, a deep silence reigned in the restaurant. The son paid their bill but just before they leave, a man, also old, got up and ask the old man’s son, “Don’t you think you left something here?” The young man replied “I did not leave anything.” Then the stranger said to him, ”You left a lesson here for every son and a hope for every father.” The whole restaurant was so quiet, you could hear a pin drop! One of the greatest honours that exist, is being able to take care of those who have taken care of us too. Our parents and all those elders who sacrificed their lives with all their time, money and effort for us, deserve our utmost respect. ❣️♥️❤️
    8 points
  27. I may have a video from WAB someplace, but these are just a couple of fun pictures...first one is me with Muzza and Kiwi, the second is Jennifer and Annie with Muzza and Kiwi, and the others are just a few of the gazillion I have from Eric's BD party. (Sorry the quality of a couple of them aren't so good.)
    8 points
  28. Good times with the Kiwi's!
    8 points
  29. Great posts, Lew, Susie, and LC! Without a doubt one of the most delightful couples I've ever known. I too have been in contact with Murray privately. Although he is in the best of hands with Marilyn (his wife, partner, and nurse) and his Lord Jesus Christ, prayers and well wishes are welcomed I'm sure. God Bless the both of them during this time.
    8 points
  30. Who is this...Santa Bernie? Ho. Ho. Ho.
    8 points
  31. FROM ERIC: "Thanks! I have seen this one, but the really impressive one is Mel's appearance on The Merv Griffin Show where he does 'Boats.' I haven't seen the Merv clip in a while but he and Merv go on and on about 'Eric Carmen.' It was quite a moment for me!" So, we have new challenge for you, Kirk (and all you other web sleuths). Find that clip!
    8 points
  32. Dear Eric Carmen: If you by chance are visiting this site incognito, let me just say that songs like this do not come along very often and they don't go unnoticed by your fans. Another one of your beautiful ballads and it just grabs at my heartstrings every time I hear it and I've been hearing it for a very long time! Recently one of my nieces heard this as it was playing in my car and she literally started crying and could not believe how this was not a famous song. So very exquisite! And this one is so emotionally written, played, and sung that I don't know how it wasn't released as a single. Knowing that it was based on a personal experience makes it that much more relatable and personal. The bridges in your songs are musically superior to any bridges I've ever heard. But this bridge is #1 IMHO. I am a relatively new member here, joined November 2021, but have been a devoted fan for 50 years, since I was 14 so I am not new to your music. Just in case you are reading this, thank you a million times over from the bottom of my heart for the music you have given me and the world. I absolutely adore this song. Thank you Eric♥️ Rhonda B. 'Cause dreams are forever and some things you never forget
    7 points
  33. WHEN WE LAST SAW OUR ROCKER FRIENDS, THEY WERE TURNED AWAY FROM THE TWILIGHT ZONE AND SENT BACK ON THEIR JOURNEY IN AN ATTEMPT TO FIND THEIR WAY BACK HOME… AFTER SEVERAL DAYS ADRIFT, THEY APPROACHED A NAVIGABLE WATERWAY… LET US BEGIN… WALLY-“Where the hell are we” ERIC-“I think I see a sign” ERIC-“Amy…From your days as a weather girl, do you remember where on a map the Long Island Sound is…? AMY-“Let me see if I can visualize it”…”Yes…I can see the map now in my head” AMY-“It’s way over there…It’s a body of water between New York and Connecticut… Unlike a body of flab like Wally…” WALLY-“That’s enough, Amy…We agreed to stop with the insults” AMY-“I’m sorry, Walrus, I mean Wally” KAY-“You’re lucky he can’t hear too good…He’s got cataracts..“ AMY-“Cataracts ?…Did you go to public school, Kay? WALLY-“I hate to tell you guys, but the Party’s Over”…We are drifting on-shore…” AFTER THE BOAT LANDS ON A BEACH, THE 4 SET OUT TO GET SOME HELP… ERIC-“Hey guys, I see a sign…It might tell us where we are”… KAY-“Welcome to Westport…The little picture at the top of the sign says Connecticut…Well, at least we are in America”… AMY-“Public school education paying off… ERIC-“Hey, there’s a house over there…Let’s see if they can help us”… ERIC-“Hmm, 1164 Morning Glory Circle…That sounds very familiar…” WALLY-“Let’s take a peek inside…” KAY-“It’s the Steven’s family” ERIC-“Girls stay outside for a minute…Wally and I will go in and try to figure out if we can get some help”… GLADYS KRAVITZ-“Hey Abner…There’s four girls at the Steven’s house…Come here…takes a look… ABNER-“That’s not four girls…It’ s two girls and two rock and roll type guys…Look how dirty they look…Probably looking for a hand-out…You need to get your cataracts cleared up…” GLADYS-“What’s cataracts?…Stop using those big words… I went to public school, you know”… MEANWHILE, ERIC AND WALLY KNOCK ON THE FRONT DOOR… DARRIN-“Who the hell can that be”? DARRIN-“Can I help you”? WALLY AND ERIC TELL THEM THE WHOLE STORY AND DARRIN SAYS HE’S BUSY IN A BUSINESS MEETING AND REALLY CAN’T HELP… SUDDENLY, DARRIN’S BOSS, LARRY TATE, AND ANOTHER MAN EMERGE TO SEE WHAT’S GOING ON… LARRY-“Darrin, hurry up we have to finish our business meeting…”Get these bum’s out of here……………”.. … DARRIN-“Sorry, can’t help you guys”… SUDDENLY, THE MAN ACCOMPANYING LARRY TATE TO THE DOOR YELLS OUT.. ADDITIONAL MAN-“Eric, Wally?…Is that you?” ERIC AND WALLY TOGETHER”-“Dave Shea…LobsterLuver…What are you doing here?” LOBSTER-“I moved to Westport Conn. a few years back when I got a job with Larry Tate’s advertising company”… LARRY TATE-“Wait a minute…You guys all know each other?” DAVE SHEA AKA LOBSTERLVR…”Yea…We all met through Bernie Hogya’s website, Ericcarmen.com”…This is Eric Carmen and Wally Bryson of Raspberries… LARRY TATE-“ “Hold on a minute…I don’t know Raspberries from Cranberries, but did you say Bernie Hogya?” ERIC-“Yea, he runs my website…How do you know Bernie? LARRY -“Are you kidding me?…He is legendary in our business…We are an advertising company and he created GOT MILK…Can you call him up and get him to do a photo shoot with me with a GOT MILK mustache…?…It will mean a big promotion for your friend Lobsterman…” ERIC-“I’ll call him right now”… ERIC-“Damn answering machine…”HELLO, YOU HAVE REACHED THE OFFICE OF BERNIE HOGYA…I AM CURRENTLY AWAY FROM MY DESK OR OUT TRYING TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO DISCONTINUE EC.COM…PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE”… ERIC-“Bernie, It’s Eric…Call me back as soon as you can…Wally and I need a favor” WILL BERNIE RETURN ERIC’S CALL?…WILL BERNIE OBLITERATE THE BOARD AGAIN? STAY TUNED FOR PART 2 ENTITLED “A TWITCH IN TIME”?
    7 points
  34. HD video to be posted tomorrow to commemorate the occasion—audience freeze frame below. 😎
    7 points
  35. 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!!
    7 points
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. This wouldn’t happen under my administration...
    7 points
  39. Thought you might enjoy seeing this, Rhonda. It's hanging in my office.
    7 points
  40. Great job! I pulled the clip for anyone who'd like to hear it: LEFSETZ LIVE - APRIL 26, 2022
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  41. Special thanks to LC for reinvigorating the board with meaningful stuff...His reappearance here has pushed some of the “newbies” like Rhonda and Helen into some thought provoking digging through the archives... As always, Thanx to Craig, James, Kirk, Matthew C and Susie, Annie etc. from keeping the walls from crumbling ... Girlfan has always been a consistent poster... Kyle’s reemergence had been a welcome shot in the arm while RCT has shaken off the shyness and started to contribute in escalation... I love when I see some of the old timers reappear like Blackhawkpat, Dave from Equinox, Billy(a member of my Connecticut possee), Pretender, LobsterLuvr, Tim from Wisconsin, Mellie... John Shaft floats in and out as does Mike Haag... A really “hats off” salute to Vinnie B Trask...He was a big shot in the arm with new blood as the board was really teetering... Some people disappear without any notice like Michelle, Jim L, Batman and Elle while some departures are understandable like Doreen(hope she is hanging in there and mama2sets of twins.. Some of the stranger disappeances bother me, especially Kazumi and even more recently, Bessieboo.... and, of course, our namesake, EC... Sorry if I left anybody out but I still have a couple if long term effects from Covid like brain fog and shortness of breath (but not shortness of post)... But, above all, bravo to Bernie for hanging in there, when things were dire and continuing to let us plod onward on his dime...and having the good common sense to never make me a moderator... So, we carry on, Boats Against The Current to the end...
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  42. 2004 was the year fans got to read a massive, new Eric Carmen biography! More than that, visitors of EricCarmen.com were offered a special limited hardcover edition—signed by Eric himself. ERIC CARMEN: MARATHON MAN was an exclusive, in-depth biography written by Bernie Hogya and Ken Sharp. A major publishing project, two years in the making and fully authorized, ERIC CARMEN: MARATHON MAN (with 432 pages and over 100 unpublished photographs) was the first serious book written about Eric and the Raspberries and is the ultimate inside story for Eric Carmen fans and power pop followers worldwide. Well he was sixteen, and sick of school. He didn't know what he wanted to do. He bought a guitar. He got the fever. That's rock and roll. From his formative musical beginnings in Cleveland, Ohio, to his chart-toppers with Raspberries, "Go All The Way," "I Wanna Be With You," and "Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)," to his solo career smashes, "All By Myself," "Never Gonna Fall In Love Again," 'Hungry Eyes," and "Make Me Lose Control," Eric Carmen, who many have rightfully proclaimed the father of power pop, has proven himself a musical genius with few equals. For the first time ever, this definitive biography chronicled the compelling story of a two-and-a-half-year-old child prodigy who dreamed of becoming the next John Lennon, Paul McCartney, or Mick Jagger. What he really wanted was a hit record (yeah)! He got it, and more, in a career that spanned four decades. Exhaustively researched, ERIC CARMEN: MARATHON MAN showcased exclusive interviews with Eric, fellow bandmates, producers, musical contemporaries, as well as family and friends, and was profusely illustrated with over 100 rare and previously unpublished photographs. There were just a handful of the limited hardcover books available. Each copy was personally autographed by Eric Carmen. And they sold out fast. If you were one of the lucky fans who got one, you also received this Certificate of Authenticity showing Eric signing the books. When Ken and I wrote the book, we had no idea that Raspberries would ever reunite, let alone play concerts coast-to-coast. In fact, the Raspberries chapter of the book ended with this sour prediction: "As for a Raspberries reunion, the general consensus now is that it will never happen." How glad that we were wrong about that one! An updated version of the book—with full coverage of the band's reunion—is still available at Amazon.com, Apple Books, or Smashwords in ebook form. If you haven't read the book...what are you waiting for?
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  43. EricCarmen.com started small. Originally called "The Eric Carmen Home Page," it boasted a handful of Members and was created to bring together fans of Eric Carmen from all corners of the internet. Over the course of its next 24+ years, it did that and more—not only bringing together fans but bringing together a band. Reuniting Raspberries and getting them to play for us was one of EricCarmen.com's greatest achievements. It was the culmination of everything everyone who ever visited this website could have hoped to dream for. And we're not done yet. On May 11, 2022, we'll be marking our 25th year! So, consider this phase 1 of our celebration. To acknowledge this 3 million hit milestone, EricCarmen.com is giving away 3 sets of EricCarmen.com goodies, including a cool piano-shaped USB thumb drive containing every Eric Carmen and Raspberries album, unreleased demos, rare videos and more! Only 3 of these prizes will be offered. Also included in each winner's package will be several rare and desirable items from the EricCarmen.com archive! May the best fan win. Send your name and address to raspbernie@ericcarmen.com to enter — only one per person. You have to be a Member to enter, and winners will be chosen at random. Winners will be chosen April 22, 2022. Good luck everyone!
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  44. Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes. I never seemed to be satisfied with the look of the website in its early days—changing thing around every year or so. I guess as the technology improved, and my skills at designing within the confines of the technology improved, I wanted EricCarmen.com to look better and better. 2001 was no exception. That year the website made a big jump in the look and feel of things. Here's a snapshot of what visitors saw in 2001, courtesy of the "Wayback Machine" at Archive.org:
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  45. By its third year, the "Eric Carmen Home Page" made its way out of America Online's servers and into the web at a new address: www.ericcarmen.com! A new home and a new look greeted visitors that year. At this point, Eric was regularly answering questions at the website and we had started work on an extensive Eric Carmen biography, which would eventually make its way into book form. Thanks to the magic of the Internet Archive, here's a screenshot of what you would have seen had you logged in then.
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  46. I quit drinking in 1996. I´ve got the disease AA talks about, though I worked hard and lived productively while I was drinking. Glad I quit. Not a drop since. I possibly wouldn´t have made it to 50 as he did if I hadn´t quit. Anybody reading this who´s addicted, please get help, it´s ok. And don´t forget, God loves you, unconditionally. Go to him.
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  47. I saw one in full bloom:
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