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  1. WHEN WE LAST SAW OUR HERO’S, THEY WERE INADVERTENTLY SENT TO A DESTINATION, BY AUNT CLARA OF BEWITCHED FAME, THAT MAY BE TOO MUCH TO HANDLE...OR IS IT EXACTLY WHAT THEY NEEDED... ERIC-“Wow, where the hell are we”? AMY-“Let’s take a look...” WALLY-“Holy cow...Let’s go out there and see if we can figure how to get out of here...” AS THE FOURSOME HEAD OUTSIDE, THEY RUN INTO A BEAUTIFUL LADY... KAY-“Hey? Who are you”... BEAUTIFUL LADY-“I’m Glinda and welcome to the Land of Oz”... ERIC-“Please help us...We are trying to get back home to Cleveland but through a series of circumstances, we ended up here... GLINDA-“All you have to do is follow the yellow brick road and the great Wizard of Oz will grant you one wish...So now you know...Just follow the yellow brick road...TaTa...” ALL FOUR-“Let’s follow the yellow brick road...” AS THE FOUR SET OUT ON THEIR JOURNEY TO OZ, THEY ENCOUNTER A GENTLEMAN... WALLY-“Hey sir, can you help us? My name is Wally and this is my wife Kay...and this is Eric and his wife Amy...and who are you ?... MAN...I’m Dr. Oz and you are in the Land of Oz... AFTER OUR FOURSOME EXPLAIN THEIR DILEMMA, DR. Oz tells them to simply follow the yellow brick road... ... AFTER OUR HERO’S HEAD OFF TO FOLLOW THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD, THEY ENCOUNTER ANOTHER GENTLEMAN... GENTLEMAN...”Ah, hi kids...Welcome to the land of Oz.. ... ERIC-Hey it’s Ozzie Nelson...Ricky’s dad...” OZZIE-“Oh, you guys know my son...Just follow the yellow brick road and you will meet him... WALLY-“Thanks Oz...Nice to meet you...” THE FOURSOME CONTINUE ONWARD AND MEET THEIR NEXT PERSON... ERIC-“Hey, look who we have here”... NEXT GENTLEMAN-“Hi guys... “I’m Ozzie Smith...Former baseball player known as Wizard of Oz...” AMY-“ AMY-“So you are the famous Wizard of Oz that will help us?” OZZIE SMITH-“”No-Follow the yellow brick road and he will help you...“ AS OUR HERO’S FOLLOW THE GOLDEN BRICKS, IT SUDDENLY COMES TO THEIR ATTENTION THAT THIS MIGHT BE SOME KIND OF JOKE... ERIC-“So far, everybody’s name is Oz and they keep telling us to follow the yellow brick road...I hope we don’t find Elton John...” WALLY-“It’s too late to turn back now...” ERIC-“Oh great...That could be the joke...Maybe we’ll find Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose...Tee Hee”... AS THE FOURSOME REACH THEIR DESTINATION, THEY KNOCK ON THE DOOR AND ARE AMAZED AT THEIR GREETER... DOORMAN-“Welcome kids, come on in...Welcome to the Land of Oz”... AFTER THEY EXPLAIN THEIR DILEMMA, THEY ARE ASSURED BY OZZY OSBOURNE THAT GLINDA, THE GOOD WITCH WAS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT... OZZY-“But first, We have a big concert here tonite and you kids can be my guest...After the show, I will grant Whatever your wish is...” WALLY AND ERIC-“We are musicians too... We will really enjoy this...” OZZY-“Come with me backstage and you can see our performers for tonight...” WHEN THEY WALK BACKSTAGE, THEY ARE IN AWE OF WHO THEY SEE... ... ... WALLY-“This is incredible, Lennon, Harrison, David Bowie, Ricky Nelson and two members of my favorite all time band, Brian Jones and Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones...We wish we could play with the Stones...” OZZY-Well, I told you that you had one wish and you’re wish is my command...You can play with the Stones...” ERIC”-No, that’s not the wish we wanted...We wish to go back home..” BUT IT WAS TOO LATE...THEIR DREAM WAS ABOUT TO TAKE PLACE... OZZY-“Goodbye and hope you have fun playing with the Stones...Yabba Dabba Doo” STAY TUNED FOR OUR NEXT EPISODE WHERE ERIC AND WALLY GET TO JAM WITH THE STONES, FRED AND BARNEY...
    4 points
  2. DYNAMITE - DANCING ON DOWN (UNRELEASED)
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  3. Welcome, Rhonda! Your story is like everyone’s story…something about Eric’s music talked to all of us! Make yourself at home. Take your shoes off. We’ve built a pretty close community here. Above all else, have fun! Bernie
    3 points
  4. Boy oh boy...This is gonna have to be a calculated response...With AOC firmly entrenched in the harem, we need to measure every word...Maybe, I will be able to formulate a proper politically correct response after Thanksgiving, maybe on Black Friday...DAMMIT...BLACK Friday...There's a violation right there... About the only automatic response that I could feel with certainty isn’t offensive is that, indeed, Hillary was much hotter when her body was docked at the White House...Oh God, another violation...WHITE House???...and I mentioned God...another violation...That’s three violations in one post and that, my friends? is a TRIFECTA...
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  5. Kevin Raleigh went on to form the band Dynamite with Jim Bonfanti & Dave Smalley in their post Raspberries days. To the best of my knowledge, the album they cut was never released. Kevin was also in Jim's band, Pictures. Kevin is probably best known for his work with the late Michael Stanley in the Michael Stanley Band. The MSB's best known record features Kevin on vocals. youtu.be/HplvE-GXUtw
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  6. Matt, they played their last gig on April 19th, 1975. That 5th album cover 'Bad Boys' was a fictional cover that I designed when there was a discussion about what a 5th Raspberries album would have been like had they stayed together.
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  7. Hello everyone on this wonderful website that I seem to be discovering so late in life. Thank you Bernie for accepting my application and thank you Lew for welcoming me. I've been checking out the website for about a month while I waited for my application to be accepted. I am overwhelmed with the information and so much that I didn't know. And so much that I have in common with all of you. Please bear with me as there's much to learn about navigating this site ...hope I don't screw up. Eric Carmen's music has been a part of my life since I was a young teenager struggling with the gift of music and my own music career and not knowing how to express it... what to do with continuous music that filled my head since I was 5. A little teaser... I was learning from his music for about a year before I even knew who he was... the power of music, especially Eric's, to me, is SO very strong, that it even can reach a lonely teenage girl on a farm in the middle of the prairies in Saskatchewan, Canada... who only had the family radio as a means of listening to music.... and not one of my seven siblings or my parents had any inklings of music and no music was ever played in the home . Talk to you all later. Rhonda B.
    2 points
  8. Happy Thanksgiving all! Bernie, you forgot one LOL:
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  9. Bernie, thank you for finally saying this. And yes, your voice is an instrument. Wear and tear on your singing voice is a difficult process to recover. The desire has to be there also. However, I could listen to a full CD or a concert of just Eric playing the piano.
    2 points
  10. Well, to make a long story short. AOC was able to obtain a special presidential decree, forcing The James Harem to bake the cake (ie: allow AOC entry into The James Harem). A 2nd decree imposed an injunction forcing The James Harem to fire all of its members so AOC could have James all to herself. When told by The James Harem´s HR department, that AOC would have to apply and be accepted for entry based on merit, like all the other chicks. AOC laughed and stated she would be approved for entry because: she´s a chick, she´s Latino, she´s probably scudubied with another chick,...and most importantly, she´s screams and calls people false names louder than anybody else. The James Harem is a harem that respects reality, and had to agree thus that AOC´s case for entry was strong, so AOC was given exclusive membership. Then Hillary showed up!......(.. oh lands ..) ......she said she´d be damned if she´d allow some other chicks´ claws to draw blood from James´ back during scuduby time. So AOC scoffed, called her a dinasour and a carptebagger,...and told Hillary she ought to take her game to Panamá, where whales like her are appreciated... as whale watching is a big tourist attraction and the whales are given a lot of free food via propinas from the tourists. AOC further stated that given Hillary´s recent photos, it was clear she was requiring a lot of food to maintain her figure, and that the skim from the Clinton Foundation would likely not be able to finance that many calories, and that Hillary better, for her own calory upkeep, take advantage of the whale gig. AOC then bragged to Hillary about AOC´s record breaking time in the beer fetching trials at The James Harem´s most recent tryouts, to which Hillary had to concede defeat, as AOC is a very fast beer fetcher, and Hillary´s strong suit was always the toenail cutting event. Anyway, so Hillary acknowledged reality, wished James and AOC all the best, and finally mentioned to AOC to enjoy James´ gifts, and laughed, reminding AOC to remember that size is not important. So Hillary went off into the sunset guffawing...and guffawing....and guffawing, while, James and AOC got into the hot tub, AOC was looking very hot, while James was reminiscing about the good old pre-whale days with Hillary....and then....and then....and then.....oh lands.... As James began to put thoughts of Hillary to bed, and realize being in a hot tub with the smokin hot AOC wasn´t the worse thing in the world, ....MAXINE WATERS showed up !!!!!!....demanding SHE had seniority over AOC in all matters, including dibs on James´ "talents". OMG TO BE CONTINUED
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  11. PPS .... when I think of a witch, I still immediately picture The Wicked Witch of the West in my mind's eye. That's how great the actress played that role. She's never been touched on that front.
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  12. I hear they were going to play "You Can't Always Get What You Want" LOL
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  13. Count yourself lucky if you… 1. Saw him perform on the Dirty Dancing tour. 2. Saw him perform on the All-Starr Band tour. 3. Saw him perform at “An Evening with Eric Carmen.” 4. Saw him perform on the Raspberries reunion tour. 5. All of the above. 😜
    2 points
  14. I was lucky to have been at VH1 Studios the day this appearance was filmed—sitting just a few feet off-camera to the left of the band, Susie.
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  15. https://theseconddisc.com/2016/03/10/review-raspberries-raspberries-vinyl-edition/
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  16. This post was before my ec.com days so I didn’t know about this song...
    2 points
  17. Bumping this thread on the 17th anniversary of Raspberries' first reunion show!
    1 point
  18. Welcome to Ericcarmen.com
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  19. Happy Thanksgiving to all of my neighbours South of the Border.. Canadian border that is. I'm looking forward to starting a few discussions in the near future. In our family we are celebrating the birth of a new little boy ..family member number 53. ..born yesterday. Be safe and hold your loved ones near. Rhonda B.
    1 point
  20. NICE DOUBLE RANT! I ALWAYS LIKED SWEET they are a great studio band...live not so much. The Chapman Chin era was weird yet created some great bubblegum rock which is most appealing, They made an excellence transition away from Chapmam Chin doing their own material and had some nice success.
    1 point
  21. You’re going to love this site. Welcome
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  22. I'm one of the lucky ones: 1. Raspberries V2.0, December, 1974 Commodore Ballroom, Lowell, Mass 2. Dirty Dancing Tour, PNC Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ 3. Ringo's All Starr Band, 2000, New Brunswick, NJ 4. Raspberries Reunited: Cleveland's HOB, NYC's BBKings (2x), and NYC's Highline Ballroom Dave
    1 point
  23. Oh, and Margaret Hamilton was born in Cleveland, so I'm sure she can help get the gang home! Flying monkeys anyone???
    1 point
  24. Hi Rhonda! Welcome to our wild, wacky and lovable ec.com family. 😊
    1 point
  25. Margaret Hamilton was fantastic as the Wicked Witch. She was hospitalized from pyrotechnic burns during the filming as was her stunt double. Later in life she came into our living rooms as Cora.
    1 point
  26. Love these adventures. PS I'm thinking Amy must have the flu...or something...cuz normally she launches some pretty great fat joke zingers at Wally, no? : )
    1 point
  27. I will tell you what they won't play.. Brown Sugar. It doesn't taste that good in the Land of Oz
    1 point
  28. 6. None of the above. Bernie, any chance you have more clips from An Evening with Eric Carmen you might post?
    1 point
  29. A general note to members. Check on your folks and make certain that their estate and health care directives are in place and up to date. Know their retirement managers and their bankers. Of course things vary from state to state, but be certain they have a Power of Attorney and Health Care Power of Attorney in place. Also, be aware of their medical team and make certain that your beloved elder is keeping to their scheduled appointments, and as they age, dental appointments are as important as PCP appointments. ❤️
    1 point
  30. Look for an attorney who is well versed in Elder Law. They specialize in elder care issues. Average estate attorneys are not as knowledgeable.
    1 point
  31. Unfortunately, I don't think there is any amount of money that could make that happen.
    1 point
  32. I’m pretty sure I had a cassette tape of that unreleased Dynamite album. Will see if I can dig it up!
    1 point
  33. Complete Freeport 1970 album (also available on Apple iTunes!!): youtube.com/watch?v=E2qxUtXlcT8&list=OLAK5uy_mChPAXYhhAfcOuSCGjYck55SV_9isswR0&index=2
    1 point
  34. The stereo version of their 1965 "I'm A Fool" album as well as "The Complete Reprise Records 45 A's & B's Singles" (1964 - 1970) are available on Apple iTunes.
    1 point
  35. Remember when I had a little reel to reel tape recorder and taping them from the TVe
    1 point
  36. Confusion seems to be getting worse. Hallucinations worse. Won’t eat. Doesn’t remember dad died and gets pissed cuz he hasn’t been to visit her. No way she’s going to be able to go home or even to one our homes. Not safe. they invoked her HCP- me- and we’re trying to got POA or conservatorship so we can access her bank accounts. There will be a car and house to deal with. Right now I’m just trying to deal with one day at a time. Thanks for asking. Keep posting guys. I love this site.
    1 point
  37. I was periodically checking to see if the board was up and running again, probably on average every other day. On the day that you called, I wasn't at my desk and had left my cell phone lying there. When I returned, I saw that I had missed a call and heard your message. I immediately logged on to see that the site was active again.
    1 point
  38. Nice review -- just missed on the title of "I Can Remember".
    1 point
  39. Hanging in there, Craig...Trying to wrap up the sale of my mom’s house (a few snags along the way) and then move forward in the job search...Technically, I could retire but am not willing or financially able to do that at this point...Thanx for asking...Also, I wanted to ask you a question: when Bernie reinstated the board , I called you with a phone # that we had exchanged...I left a messsge to tell you about the good news...Then you came on board immediately after that..Was that In response to the voice mail I had left or just a coincidence?
    1 point
  40. Recently I dug out a test pressing of the Starting Over album. It's a pretty early pressing, with a hand-written label on both sides. Included in the pressing were some press release materials as well as some public relations items. Thought you guys would enjoy them:
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  41. https://rockmemo.com/the-beatles-documentary-forced-a-rule-change-for-disney-plus/?fbclid=IwAR0MJt2rtBvTl5Gz_LVER5baeqLfQqZp6CpBiPwnsFne0CGOelo_jG7zJzU
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  42. Lots of quiet visitors, I guess.
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  43. Nice goldmine article about Dan... https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.goldminemag.com/.amp/columns/fabulous-flip-sides-in-memoriam-eric-carmens-lead-guitarist-dan-hrdlicka
    1 point
  44. What I meant was "I Need Your Lovin'" is one of Eric's unreleased Cyrus Erie masterpieces written under the influence of Steve Marriott's Small Faces :-) He gave the song to Raleigh who recorded it with Freeport. Bernie
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