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  1. HD video to be posted tomorrow to commemorate the occasion—audience freeze frame below. 😎
    7 points
  2. I guess I'm easy to spot- I'm always the one wearing the eyeglass/nose/mustache disguise LOL!
    6 points
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Hey Eric....Welcome to the Club of Alive Deceased People.
    5 points
  6. https://www.pinalcentral.com/pcso-eric-carmen/image_0b00664b-3ada-5bef-9208-1cefee455794.html
    4 points
  7. Feeling grateful Friday.♥️ Feeling grateful and thankful for Everything I have in my life. This unique little song by Eric Carmen... I love that it is this short and that it's such a great progressive melody. The final 5 chords at the very end are genius. It ends in such a way, to me anyway, that it makes you think long and hard about priorities ... you have everything and yet some people are not happy. With the instrumental/ humming section, to me that's like saying...."think about it". I know that he re-did the song and added, I believe, another verse and a bridge for another artist whose name I can't recall. It was a very nice cover but I still prefer this original version. Simple song, simply stated and once again just a beautiful melancholy vocal by Eric. Love it! Thank you Eric♥️
    4 points
  8. Read paragraph six... https://howto.org/who-is-married-to-eric-carmen-62077/
    3 points
  9. In Cleveland, Ohio we had the Sam Goody record stores,in the mid seventies to the 1990's. Eric was known to be spotted at the one in Lyndhurst very often.
    3 points
  10. Talking about Kiki Dee and Elton, this one was released in 1973 and Elton co-produced the album version. Gary Osbourne - the guy who took on lyric writing for Elton when Bernie broke away - wrote the English lyrics, probably translated them....the lyrics are also phenomenal. This song was written by Veronique Sanson (in French) and she performed the original. I bought some of her music based on the greatness of this song. Hard to beat her original. But Kiki did a nice job here, ...Olivia Newton-John also did a great version, as did Helen Reddy under a different title. This song - at least Veronique´s version - has the potential to be one of the greatest songs of the century, it´s that great:
    3 points
  11. It should be going up on Raspberries official Facebook/YouTube Channel. Will cross post here once up.
    3 points
  12. Rhonda imagine, if you will, Eric sitting at the piano and the fade out from Everything segues into the piano intro to Overnight Sensation! It happened at one of his Roxy shows. Chill inducing start to his concert!
    3 points
  13. How about this one?... https://www.skysports.com/racing/form-profiles/horse/1116495/eric-carmen-ire
    3 points
  14. "Last Updated: February 11, 2022 | Author: Linda Hornsby" Ms. Hornsby's got some 'splaining to do.
    3 points
  15. 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
    3 points
  16. I happen to like Springsteen, but it's my opinion that he is THE most overrated music artist ever. This guys opinion is a bit more harsh. Bruce Springsteen Totally Stinks Warning!: Every time someone clicks on this link, Marvin will get a jolt of chest pain.
    2 points
  17. Double tracking vocals wasn't just a Lennon thing. It was done by many artists to strengthen the vocals and give them more presence in the mix. Apparently John hated re-singing his vocals twice for every record and complained to George Martin, which led to the invention of "Artificial Double Tracking" created for The Beatles at Abbey Road Studios to avoid them having to continually re-record vocals to create multi-layered vocal effects. It took the same vocal recording and slipped it slightly out of phase to create the feeling that you were hearing two separate vocal tracks.
    2 points
  18. Yeah the clap out of the left speaker is definitely Eric. Can't you tell?
    2 points
  19. Lou's drummer is my doppelganger. I play drums and look just like that dude who ever he is! This is me filling in on drums at a Hells Angels biker party,
    2 points
  20. Lou "Frankie Valli" Christie. I should say Lou "the bulge" Christie. Good live non-lip-synced performance
    2 points
  21. THE original Great Escape on Broadway in Nashville was my favorite, and you never knew who might be flipping through the bin next to you. Met lots of very cool people at that store and dropped a lot of cash. It was an institution and had a culture that is hard to duplicate. https://www.nashvillescene.com/news/nashville-institution-the-great-escape-closes-its-broadway-store-this-weekend/article_3ac0ab33-822e-5dea-9829-2c1188c8a51f.html
    2 points
  22. I passed by one right off the beachfront strip in Daytona Beach a couple weeks ago, but didn't have time to stop in! I hope to be able to do so within a couple weeks!
    2 points
  23. Hey, this is a nice surprise. Good to hear his health has rebounded. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-10837695/amp/Elton-John-reveals-hes-returning-Farewell-Yellow-Brick-Road-Tour-break-home.html
    2 points
  24. How sweet it is! I can't get over how polished everyone was by this stage of the game- wonderful! Great job, B! O.k., had to take my own screenshot- Ken Sharp is standing next to me and Jennifer is in front and to the right a little.
    2 points
  25. If some bright Hollywood exec had the brains to make a Marathon Man bio-pic, who could play our hero? How about this fella? Read his bio and found he is from a musical family and has a Russian Jewish heritage on his mom's side. Oh, and the hair... he's got the hair! 😉 https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1269733/bio
    2 points
  26. I saw Elton on this tour at The Forum and Kiki Dee opened for him.
    2 points
  27. That song isn´t the type of song I worshipped Elton for, but like you LC, I love the song and never really got sick of it even though it played constantly in 1976...summer if I recall. Love hearing it to this day.
    2 points
  28. The mere mention of KiKi Dee inspired me to go back look at this video, which I haven't seen in probably two decades or more. I loved hearing this song on the radio all the time in the mid-1970s. Kiki was an adorable figure in this vid. (Who knew her real name was Pauline Matthews?)
    2 points
  29. If this video comes out as good as the HD Tonight, we're in for a treat!
    2 points
  30. Bump. I just read thru this thread again after seeing LC post a link under the ELO thing thread, funny as heck. Lew was on fire, as was Eric Carmen. Panasonic was pretty funny too, gotta give credit where credit is due. Wendy translated : ) ......and much more! If you have not seen this thread, do give it a shot. You´ll thank me.
    2 points
  31. On a given day it could be his best song for me. It just oozes with his genius melody talent. Also a perfect prelude to "No Hard Feelings" on the album. It´s one of the reasons Eric Carmen resonates with us, ie: he was a genius artist from the era, but also he never lost that sense of himself as a basic guy from Ohio who still sees the world as the rest of us basics do.
    2 points
  32. Elton is such a great showman. Saw him at the Cleveland Collasium in the mid 1970's along with KiKi Dee. Awesome show.
    2 points
  33. Yes he's looking great, definitely has shed some pounds. So glad I got to see him in Saskatoon before lockdown.
    2 points
  34. Great thread, Rhonda. And I like your interpretation of the gratitude angle. So true. Good to practice gratitude, although it can be hard to hide that jaded feeling.
    2 points
  35. Hey, great find, Lew. Being a huge ELO fan, I loved reading this and picking up all the ELO references. Plus it’s obviously a British site, so it was cool to see the different verbal “habits.” (Also brought out the editor in me, but I’ll leave that alone.) I especially get a kick out of their music passion. Never mind that they discuss EC… could have been anyone. It makes me want to see what other artists they’ve chewed on. Most of all, this actually felt like a thread I’d read right here. It’s like looking in a mirror.
    2 points
  36. I get chills thinking about that...... Wow! This piece really is magnificent.
    2 points
  37. I doubt it. When I brought it up to Eric several years ago, he said he had completely forgotten about that start to the show. That was in the spring of '76. When he played the Roxy in the winter of '75, the shows had a different opening.
    2 points
  38. Eric looks mighty handsome for a corpse.
    2 points
  39. 52 years ago today, Bobby Orr scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal against the St. Louis Blues and one of the most iconic hockey photos was born. 🏆 Bobby Orr, was my hero since I was 9. I got to meet him a few years back when he was in Saskatoon for a fundraiser. On this same day 1970, my mom went into the hospital but delivered my youngest brother the next day. When my dad came home he announced to us that they were naming him Robert. Of course in my 11 year old mind I thought it was because of Bobby Orr. But my dad promptly said, "Mom said to tell Rhonda she's not allowed to call him Bobby" . I called him Bobby plenty when they weren't around. LOL ps... I'm still obsessed with the Boston Bruins.
    2 points
  40. Thanks for the warning!! 😁
    2 points
  41. THAT gave me a good laugh.
    2 points
  42. https://www.spin.com/2021/06/best-record-stores-in-united-states/
    1 point
  43. I never knew a guy could sing as falsetto as Lou Christie did. I was a dumb kid when "Lightening" first came out and I thought it was a chick singing. HA!
    1 point
  44. ELO fans seem a lot nicer than Sweet fans. Lol
    1 point
  45. Kirk: you are right, I can only imagine that! I get chills just thinking of it. At least I can live vicariously through all of you who have seen him perform. What a fantastic unique way to lead into Overnight Sensation. I wonder if he did that in some of his other shows? Thanks for sharing that.. I so appreciate it.
    1 point
  46. Through a lot of investigation, I found out that EC is recording an album of duets with other singers...Here is the track listing so far... 1.) Let’s Pretender- with the Platters and Chrissie Hynde... 2.) Boats Against The Voltage-with AC/DC... 3.) It Hurts To Munch- with Jeffry Dahmer... 4.) I Saw The Light-with Todd Rundgren... (a fistfight broke out between EC and Todd as Rundgren insisted on recording his version which he claims was the original...Cooler heads prevailed and they ended up recording a conciliatory song, No Hard Feelings... But even though there is no official version of I Saw The Light, the rumors of their recording sparked a couple of recording giants to send in their tunes in hopes of making the final cut... Ray Charles offered I Didn’t See The Light while Sonny Bono Submitted “I Didn’t See The Tree”... 5.) Guy Girl was performed by Eric and Ru Paul and Kaitlin Jenner And the chemistry was so spectacular that they performed another song together... The Way We Used To Be... 7.) Marathon Man-great vocal by the queen of Marathons, Rosie Ruiz 8.) Cruisin’ Music-A highlight of the lp recorded by Eric, Richard Simmons, Liberace and Ellen Degenerate... ... 9.) Change of Heart was performed by Dr. Christian Barnard... And closing out the album was the title track... 10.) Desperate Fools with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar... Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx During the recording of this album a “Cease and Desist” order came in from a judge that was requested by the family of famous author Charles Dickens’ over the recording of Great Expectations... The order insisted that the author’s family should share in any royalties since “Great Expectations” was copyrighted many years ago since it was the title of a Dickens novel... Eric and his lawyer, brother Fred Carmen , ( who was working pro-bono for some reason), found a loop hole and brought in famous illusionist and magician David Copperfield to sing on the recording with EC...Since David Copperfield(the title of another Dickens masterpiece) was actually involved in the performance, the judge ruled in EC’s favor, and by virtue of Copperfield’s prescence, the “cease and desist” order magically disappeared... xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx On the Joe Biden front, cinco de Mayo brought on a whole flurry of Presidential edicts by the man himself... Biden declared, in honor of the Mexican holiday, “ every citizen of this country would receive a free container of “Spic and Span” and a free psychologist visit for everyone who suffers from the dreaded debilitating anxiety and His-panic attacks”... Also, Biden reassured the people of our country that inflation and our economy are not that bad and that the President himself, just got pre-approved, for a loan for a full tank of gas... In another development, Dr. Fauci claims that science is making great strides in COVID vaccination as his department discovered that insects are immune from the pandemic disease because they have “ant-ibodies...” And how was your month...?
    1 point
  47. Congrats, Bernie! You created a beautiful corner of the interwebs. ❤️ ❤️ Miss you guys. I should check in more. James and Lew: Are you behaving? 😂
    1 point
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