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  1. I saw Brian Wilson perform "Good Vibrations"live on his PET SOUNDS tour a year ago with a full orchestra recreating the entire LP. It was SPECTACULAR... note for note perfection! I even got to meet the man backstage after the show. Quite a memorable evening! --Bernie
  2. By the way-- Everyone reading this series of posts should definitely check out the new Queen double DVD set that came out last month. It's great! Of special note is a bonus video where Brian May listens to the original master tape for "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the recording studio. He isolates every track, playing large portions of each (almost entirely in some cases) and talking about the recording. I wish someone would do this with the Raspberries masters (if they can find them!) --Bernie
  3. Sounds like a great trip. I hope you got a chance to walk across the infamous Abbey Road crosswalk while you were there. (I did...although I *did* keep my shoes on! <img border="0" alt="[blech!]" title="" src="graemlins/blech.gif" /> ) --Bernie
  4. Steve-o, I've met all of the former Raspberries...Wally, Jim, Dave, Scott and Michael. They're all good guys who are genuinely thankful for all of the support their fans have given them through the years. I never saw them perform live as I discovered the band retroactively after buying Eric's first solo LP. A lot of the regular (and extraordinarily lucky!) posters on this Message Board have vivid Raspberries concert memories. I see Eric whenever I find a good enough excuse and talk to him as often as I can. --Bernie
  5. Unfortunately Hoople sucked (and I'm a big Ian Hunter fan!). Mott had just lost lead guitarist Mick Ralphs who went on to form Bad Company and were using hack musician Ariel Bender whose great claim to fame seemed to be playing off key and barely managing to stand up in the high-heeled boots he was sporting. Mott was so off that night that they refused to do an encore. This was possibly due to the fact that the entire audience started chanting, "Queen! Queen! Queen! Queen!" after Mott's set. They clearly blew the elder statesmen of British rock off the stage that night. As for Queen in the early years, they were magnificent! I'm certainly a big fan of the hits which would come from "A Night At The Opera" and beyond, but there was something even more thrilling to see them perform songs like "Liar", "White Queen," "Ogre Battle" and "Keep Yourself Alive". An added bonus was seeing Brian strut his stuff in that white silk shirt with the winged sleeves. NIIICE! For the record, I also saw Ian when he toured with Mick Ronson. Both were great! I also saw Ian just last year when he stopped to play a small club at the Jersey shore. Once again, he was great! As was his last studio album, RANT. --Bernie
  6. Everybody has their favorite Rubinoos album. (You almost can't go wrong!) Mine would have to be "Back To The Drawing Board" for the sheer power-pop perfection of "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend." --Bernie
  7. Hey, you got good taste, Gary. I've been a HUGE Brian May fan since I first learned to tune my six-string. I saw Queen live at least a dozen times including their first American appearance backing up Mott the Hoople on Broadway (seems like only yesterday...) --Bernie
  8. Gary-- Some cool live EC covers of the past worth mentioning: the original Guns 'N Roses doing "Everything" as part of their stage show as an intro to "November Rain," Enuff Z'Nuff doing a letter-perfect version of "All By Myself" at a small club in Jersey and the Rubinoos nailing "Tonight" at Maxwell's in Hoboken. --Bernie
  9. Steven, Eric is a GREAT guy with a terrific sense of humor, an amazing faculty for remembering dates, names, places with a rare talent for telling the absolute best stories. Read some of the past ASK ERIC columns and I'm sure you'll see what I mean. My day job as an Art Director/Designer led to my involvement in creating Eric's official web site. As you can probably tell from my various ramblings here and there I am also a big fan of his music...and nothing would give me a bigger thrill than to have Eric call and say that he was working on a new album or had plans for a new tour. Until then, at EricCarmen.com, we manage to get by with our hopes and our dreams and the music. Oh yes...the music. And while it may be true that Eric has not satisfied all of our cravings for it over the years...what he has given us, in my humble opinion, is still just about the best music that has ever been written or recorded! And I'm sure there'll be more to come. Bernie
  10. Umm...I update the website at least once every week or so. Sometimes it's a new MP3 file, or a new addition to the discography, or some new Press Archive articles, or a new CD or DVD release. If you're looking for an update on Eric's touring plans or info on his return to the recording studio...well, we'd all LOVE to hear that! --Bernie
  11. I have a copy, too, but have actually never played it. I have no idea what it sounds like! <img border="0" alt="[blech!]" title="" src="graemlins/blech.gif" /> --Bernie
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    Hey Gary! I took a quick listen to the "I Can't Walk Away" clip from your web site and was digging it. Reminds me of early Tom Petty. --Bernie
  13. New MP3 file, new Press Archive articles, new pictures, new rarities... look for it sometime tomorrow :-) --Bernie
  14. John Travolta recorded "Never Gonna Fall In Love Again" on his first (and only?) LP. Even his brother Joey got into the act with covers of "Let's Pretend" and "Haven't We Come A Long Way." --Bernie
  15. To everyone who has made this web site *THE* place to be since it started...here's to an even bigger and better 2003! --Bernie
  16. Here's a few of them: Sheryl Crow, Hank Williams Jr., Celine Dion, Stanley Turrentine, Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Henri Mancini, Luis Miguel, Eartha Kitt, Jewel, The King's Singers, Linda Imperial, Micahel Ball, David Osbourne, John Davidson, Marty Webb, Carmen McRae, Frank Sinatra, Robert Wells, Clubhouse, Jamie O'Neal, Don Irwin, Ass Pony's, Asato Shizuki, Maggie McKinney, Richard Clayderman, Babes In Toyland, So Emotional, Jeremy... --Bernie
  17. Yep. Tom Jones is one of the hundreds of singers who covered Eric's signature track. --Bernie
  18. Paul McCartney. Madison Square Garden. One of the best...ever. --Bernie
  19. I *did* consider posting a hint of the special download but wanted to discourage infrequent visitors (who might have ulterior motives, from getting their hands on the goods...figuring that all the regulars would naturally check every day, weddings notwithstanding <img border="0" alt="[blech!]" title="" src="graemlins/blech.gif" /> --Bernie
  20. Well, unless it's a promo, the band did make money from the original sale of the CD, even if listed on eBay. The same cannot be said for CDRs and bootlegs. --Bernie
  21. Julie-- Santa tells me that all you had to do was wait for the download to complete before logging off. Everyone saw the same ? ? ? to keep it a surprise. --Bernie
  22. As John Lennon once said, "Happy Christmas and a merry goo-year. Krimble maybe." Hope everyone gets what they want. --Bernie
  23. Gina-- I believe they broadcast that video on a large jumbotron in Public Square when they had their large christmas tree lighting ceremony. I don't know if they did it again this year. As for the book, it's a great souvenir. No pictures of Eric, but each artist gets a spread in the book with a bio and LARGE photo of the guitar. I'm pretty sure it's for sale at the Rock Hall. Have fun! --Bernie
  24. Where did you see him play? --Bernie
  25. "So You Are A Star" is as close to a Lennon track as you can get. --Bernie
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