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  1. NGFILA cover

    Hmmm. Think he’s just singing to the album. So, maybe you only hear Eric instead of him. Or maybe I’m wrong? In which case, he sounds just like Eric.
  2. I have the soundcheck, which I filmed, and the show itself. I’ll see if I can post something in the “Ecstacy” section of the message board, with apologies to non-supporters who can’t access that area of EC.com.
  3. NGFILA cover

    Not sure how well he's singing because Eric's vocal track is still in the mix.
  4. Eastside Band

    I'm sure they have no idea what they're singing about when they sing some of Eric's finest (and most poetic) lyrics: "Prisoner of illusion Sentence is suspended Loneliness is ended Love has set me free"
  5. Eastside Band

    Cool. Plus, I dig their rehearsal space. 👍 Bernie
  6. A lot of crazy sites out there...

    Uhhh... maybe we should leave the crazy ones out there and off of EricCarmen.com...
  7. We're Ba-a-a-ack!

    Doreen, I just emailed you a new password for your original account.
  8. Sonny Fox R.I.P.

    One of my heroes growing up. RIP, Sonny! Bernie
  9. Already covered in Eric Carmen: Marathon Man, page 7.
  10. GATW interpretation:

    Nice try. Bernie
  11. Arista Anniversary Video

    Thanks, Susie. I was thiiiiiiiiiiiiis close to moving this thread to “Cartoon World!” Bernie
  12. My Thanks To You :-)

    By the way, I just wanted to thank everyone who has been coming here for the past 10 years along with those of you who have only been here the past 10 days. I wonder how many websites in cyberspace ever get enough traction to celebrate 1 million hits? Yet, here we are...over the 2 million hit mark! Amazing. It's a testament to you guys, and your indefatigable spirit to keep coming back. Sure, it's easy when things are happening, like concerts, new releases, and special announcements. But what makes this thing click and whirl each and every day isn't about that. It's about when things are slow. When there is no new news. When you just come back to...well, just come back. We're all part of a family here. We pat each other on the back when someone we hardly know finds themselves with good fortune. Likewise, we give each other a shoulder to cry on when they hit hard times. All of you are so damned important to me, that I just wanted you to know that. Thanks, from the bottom of my heart <3
  13. Wally Redux

    Thought I'd share the rest of Wally's Capitol Records portrait photos. Enjoy! Bernie
  14. Cinderella Ballroom

    Every Raspberries fan has seen the full-color poster that came with Starting Over. Here, for the first time is a scan of the actual full color slide used to make the poster. It was taken by photographer Richard DiLello: "I was living in Rockland County, New York in a small town called Suffern. I had previously shot two album covers for Badfinger and was doing a lot of work for Capitol Records. I had this lovely little cottage on 17 acres and we shot the Starting Over album cover there. We had lunch, played ping pong, and then I stood them against a tree and shot a few rolls of film. They were nice kids—very cooperative, and very photogenic. It was a relaxing and pleasurable shoot. My book, The Longest Cocktail Party, about my days at Apple Records working for the Beatles had just been published and I remember that Eric asked me some questions about what it was like working with them." After Starting Over came out to nearly universal acclaim, Eric, Wally, plus new Raspberries members Michael McBride and Scott McCarl, embarked on a string of live performances coast-to-coast. This ULTRA RARE live poster advertised a gig the boys played in Appleton, Wisconsin on December 28, 1974. The local joint Raspberries blew the roof off that night was the Cinderella Ballroom in Appleton. Opening act was progressive rock band Circus. Lead singer Bernie Millar was often compared to Mick Jagger for showmanship and stage presence. That night, Raspberries performed a selection of hits along with most of the tunes from their new LP. No live recordings of 'Berries Cinderella Ballroom show are known to exist, but this live recording of a GREAT Scott McCarl power pop classic gives you some idea on what the crowd heard that night: RASPBERRIES - CRY
  15. Who's On First?

    "A high-profile (April 1974) performance at Whisky A-Go-Go in Los Angeles, featured a surprise guest appearance onstage by one of the band's musical idols—Who drummer Keith Moon. "'We were playing "Go All The Way" and I heard someone bang on my back floor tom,' recalls Michael McBride. 'I turned around and it was Keith Moon. He put his scarf around my neck and wanted to play my drums. So I said, "Here you go!"' "'Keith Moon was wearing a scarf,' recalls (Raspberries roadie) Kevin Dugan. 'He took his scarf off, put it around Michael's neck while McBride was playing and literally pulled him off the drums. Now, McBride was one of those guys that you didn't fuck with. He was a badass motherfucker. When I was younger, I saw three greasers jump him after a gig at a church and he kicked their asses—all three of them. So, Keith Moon pulled him off the drums and Mike was about to jump on him when I shouted, "No. No. No. It's Keith Moon, man. Keith Moon!" The band was happier than a pig in shit that Keith Moon was sitting in with them. We hung out after the show, but he was pretty incoherent—I mean, he was Moon. He was fucked up.'" —Eric Carmen: Marathon Man Great photo, no doubt, but hahahahaha! The BEST story...EVER! The group, with sit-in drummer Keith Moon, treated the audience to a rip-roaring version of the classic Free tune, "All Right Now," which Raspberries used to play on stages all across Ohio before they became a national sensation. You can see Kevin Dugan (Dugie) hanging onto the snare drum right under Keith Moon—praying the Who drummer wasn't gonna send Mike's kit flying all over the stage in stereotypical fashion! Bernie
  16. Who's On First?

    Here's something nobody has ever seen. Raspberries at the Whisky the night Keith Moon jumped up to join them. Sorry for the big-ass EricCarmen.com logo watermark...but 99% of the stuff I shared with you on this website from my personal collection is out there without credit, so gotta take the good with the bad. If I had a time machine, I'd go back and do things differently. Until then...enjoy! Bernie
  17. Sometime in 1979, Raspberries bassist Dave Smalley and Raspberries lead guitarist Wally Bryson teamed up with singer Eric Robertson and drummer Frank Musara to form The Secret. The band received a lot of radio and press publicity locally—all of it firmly in support of band. A special guest was in the audience one night when The Secret started their set at Peabody's, a small club in Cleveland. The gig ended with the first "almost" Raspberries reunion as Eric joined his former bandmates in a rousing 45-minute jam that included a couple of choice Raspberries hits. "Year! Eric jumped up one time," recalled Wally. "I was pumped to see him as I hadn't seen him in a while. We did 'Should I Wait' and 'Tonight.'" Personally, I love the second photo (which has never before been published) in the series above. The exuberant expression of joy on Eric's face says it all. Bernie
  18. Eric's "Magic Piano"

    In January 2000, I was searching for Eric Carmen rarities on eBay when a very interesting autograph caught my eye. It was a vintage 1917 Steinway grand piano. The listing noted that the piano was signed by "famous musician Eric Carmen." I immediately picked up the phone and dialed Eric, who checked out the auction item and then returned my call with a very surprising story. Turns out this very Steinway was the piano Eric wrote just about every one of his songs from his early Raspberries days through his first couple of solo albums. "Let's Pretend." "I Can Remember." "All By Myself." "Go All The Way." Eric called it his "magic piano." I recall Eric saying on a local radio station in the early '70s that at one point the only piece of furniture he had in his apartment was a piano. This piano. He sold the piano when he moved to Los Angeles and signed it for the new owner. How it ended up in a Chicago piano dealer's eBay auction is anybody's guess. The auction closed with the reserve unmet at $15,100, so it's whereabouts are currently unknown. And yes, in case you were wondering, Eric did place a bid.
  19. March 15, 1968

    This amazing Cleveland Plain Dealer news clipping from Cyrus Erie manager Don Ladanyi's mother's scrapbook pinpoints the exact day that Eric Carmen and Wally Bryson played on stage together for the first time—March 15, 1968 at the Chesterland Hullabaloo. A really remarkable bit of information! Wow! Bernie
  20. Arista Anniversary Video

    He really doesn't look like that now. Must be the lighting. Bernie
  21. Foolin' Myself

    This rare and unpublished photo of Eric was taken in Tokyo when he traveled to that country in November 1979 to perform as a special guest of the Yamaha World Popular Song Festival. Eric received such an outpouring of fan support that he returned the next year to give a series of sold-out performances in support of his Tonight You're Mine album. Earlier that year, Eric was invited by the country of Japan to enter the prestigious Song Festival. Each invited artist is requested to submit a new composition in the contest, and Eric chose a tune he just completed writing titled "Foolin' Myself." The winner of the Festival that year was a song named "Sitting On The Edge of the Ocean," written by Ronnie Scott & Steve Wolfe. It was performed at the competition by Bonnie Tyler. Eric's song was performed by a singer named Paul Nicholas. In 1976, he embarked on a short-lived but high profile pop career, with three Top 20 hits in the UK Singles Chart: "Reggae Like It Used To Be," "Dancing With The Captain" and "Grandma's Party." "Heaven on the 7th Floor" hit #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 List. While I'm sure Paul did a fine job with Eric's stirring ballad from Tonight You're Mine, I can't help but wonder how much better Eric might have done had he been able to perform the song himself. Eric's song made it to the Finals, but didn't win a prize. I'm guessing that part of the rules of the competition are that songwriters enter songs and other singers sing them. Crazy when you consider that Eric was actually there in the Arena that night to perform his own set of songs. Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy 2011! Bernie
  22. Hey Momof2setsoftwins

    Michelle, Check out Jim's bass drum. Bernie
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