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  1. Cool! Looking forward to seeing you, Julia...and everyone else, too. And for those procrastinators who still haven't decided (did I mention food...swimming pool...fun?!?) -- here are the directions to the house. We'll talk about Eric, listen to Eric...even watch some rare videos, but most of all, we'll get a chance to meet. Who knows? This might even be the start of an annual event! --Bernie
  2. LONDON (AP) - Gus Dudgeon, a respected music producer who worked on many of Elton John's hit recordings, died Sunday in a car crash in western England. He was 59. Dudgeon was killed when his car veered off a major highway and overturned near Reading, west of London. He and a woman traveling in the car, believed to be his wife, were pronounced dead at the scene. The woman's identity could not immediately be confirmed. Dudgeon produced "Rocket Man," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "Your Song," "Daniel" and "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me." "He was an incredibly talented producer and a very dear friend for many years. I will miss him terribly," John said. Dudgeon also produced David Bowie's "Space Oddity" and worked with other stars, including Chris Rea and Joan Armatrading. But it was his partnership with Sir Elton in the 1970s for which he will be best remembered. Dudgeon began his career in the early 1960s as a tea boy, running errands at Olympic Studios in London before joining Decca Records. He engineered the Zombies' classic "She's Not There" and the groundbreaking "Blues Breakers" album by John Mayall with Eric Clapton, before moving into producing. ---- Gus was also the producer Eric originally tapped for BOATS AGAINST THE CURRENT. They parted ways mid-project and Eric ended up producing the album all by himself. --Bernie
  3. Julia-- Did you take any pictures? --Bernie
  4. Bob Allen-- Great list! I actually saw the Pezband play at a mall in New Jersey back in the day! The lead singer (forgot his name, but remember it was a woman's name?!?) did an even better Lennon than Scott McCarl. "Baby It's Cold Outside," "Stop Wait A Minute"... did any Indie label ever release this great powerpop on CD? --Bernie
  5. Hey Betsey-- You nailed my story... hmmm, maybe you guys are starting to know waaay too much about me --Bernie PS: I agree with Kazumi -- keep the cigarette butt!
  6. Same story here...of course, they won't immediately agree to giving you a refund...but PRESS ON and ask to speak to someone else, eventually they will refund your money as the show did specically list Eric as a performer. Good luck! --Bernie
  7. Actually, Eric does still write lyrics here and there in all of his songs, he just doesn't write 'em all by himself anymore. Still, I find that none of Eric's collaborators have even come close to matching the poetry, emotion, wit and style of his self-penned words. "In the spring the sun will shine and make the ice surrender But it will not warm my heart as long as I remember" "I know it's over, you know it's over We're just goin' through the motions But we're sailin' separate oceans world's apart And you know it's breakin' my heart" "Can the future be foretold in a faded photograph Can a dream be bought and sold, well, I guess I have to laugh Sippin' on a scotch and soda, a shadow in the corner booth So philosophic and drunk on grown-up truth" "Take it or leave it You've been sleepin' on it much too long And in the bank of my love Your account's already overdrawn" "Love is all that matters, faithful and forever Keepin' us together, love is all we need Prisoner of illusion, sentence is suspended Loneliness is ended, love has set me free" "Oh, the sun beats down on the L.A. scene But you can't feel the cold when the grass looks so green And the games that I've played were not worth what I paid In a town full of desperate fools" "Was it somethin' we forgot to say that took romance away" "I put away your photograph and turn out all the lights But I can't seem to make myself forget 'Cause every time I close my eyes and see your face again I realize that's all that I have left" "Dreams are forever and some things you never forget" I could do this all day --Bernie
  8. Matt-- You have to reread Eric's comments on "Wild Wild Heart." Apparently the Disney powers-that-be decided that they didn't want a song "with lyrics," so the tune was dropped. --Bernie
  9. bahoodore-- Very funny post...unfortunately you start erring at your first point. Eric told me he had a GREAT time with Todd in Hawaii and told me that Todd was very "cool" and that one of the things Eric most enjoyed was looking over while on stage and seeing Todd standing next to him. Gregkevinw-- I, too, really liked WINTER DREAMS, but my listening suffered a bit when I heard the final CD. I spent a couple of months listening to the demos beforehand and was a tad underwhelmed with the final production. I think the album would have benefited from some additional players (most notable a real drummer!) Think Jim Bonfanti on "Top Down Summer" and you'll start seeing what I mean! --Bernie
  10. Stevie-- I can't say that I completely agree with all of your comments but my hat goes off to you for one INCREDIBLE freshman post! Bravo for giving it so much thought! --Bernie
  11. Actually, I have nothing new to add...I just wanted to use one of the new graemlins since it pretty accurately pictures what I'd probably look like if I ever got the chance to give the producers of the "Walk Down Abbey Road" tour a piece of my mind! --Bernie
  12. Well, folks. It was fun while it lasted. I can't tell you how excited I was when Eric first announced that he would be touring again this summer. But Eric's "Walk Down Abbey Road" was ultimately filled with potholes and detours. After you read his latest message , I'm sure you'll agree with me that Eric could not have continued with this tour. Let's all hope that this experience hasn't soured his taste for touring and that we *will* see him out on the road with again...and SOON! --Bernie
  13. Man, these shows are dropping like flies. I've never seen so many cancellations! --Bernie
  14. And Gina...let's put into persepective. You actually got to see one of the original Raspberries play on a Raspberries tune (assuming that Incogneato did a couple of 'em) -- and that's certainly priceless! --Bernie
  15. Gina-- Too bad you missed seeing Eric's guitar, but you did get to see Jim...one of the nicest guys in the world, and one of the greatest drummers of all time! --Bernie
  16. And if he wanted to, Eric could do a few gigs with very low overhead. I mean...how much can it cost to push a piano on stage? --Bernie
  17. Steven-- Unfortunately, according to Ticketmaster , this will be a Todd Rundgren date. The promoters are only willing to let Eric play at 6 or 7 select shows. It's doubtful whether he will do any under those conditions. See my other post under the heading "Abbey Road UPDATE!" for more information. --Bernie
  18. Well folks, "A Taste of Chicago" is a mere 5 days away and it seems like things are not looking good for "A Walk Down Abbey Road." Tour promoters are still unwilling to make Eric an equal partner in the band. Perhaps this was their plan all along. Who knows? All that is certain at this point is that Eric was told that he would play all gigs in July and they now only want him for a very few "select" cities where Todd can't make it. Otherwise he'll be sitting home while the other guys play venue after venue. Because Eric would only play a few shows he would not benefit from the group's skill-sharpening night after night itinerary. Eric would basically have to play one night (with no prior rehearsal) go home for a week, play two or three more, go home for a week and a half, play another...back home...well, you get the idea. Even more than that, because Eric would only play a very small number of shows, he would not be integrated into the solo sets of the other musicians, nor would he have as important a role to play during the Beatles set. (That way when he's not on tour -- which would be MOST of the time -- he "wouldn't be missed!") Even though a number of the supergroup band members play on each other's songs in the first set, none would play on Eric's songs, nor would Eric play on any of theirs...this would amount to Eric basically playing his three solo songs alone with the backup "house band" and then leaving the stage for an hour and a half while the rest of the guys partied on. If you were an Eric fan in the audience, would you be wondering, "Where's Eric and what in the hell is going on?" If you were Eric sitting backstage would you be wondering the same thing? You know, I'm pretty much a "nobody" -- but I know how bad *I* feel when someone treats me with little or no respect. Imagine how you'd feel if you were a "somebody" and you got treated just as bad or worse? PLEASE NOTE: THERE HAS BEEN NO FINAL DECISION ON THIS YET...Eric has been trying to get the promoters to rethink their position...but as I said, it currently does not look good. As soon as it's confirmed, Eric will let all of us know. Until then, remember...if this tour comes to your town and you're wondering why Eric ISN'T playing...it isn't because HE didn't want to. --Bernie
  19. Michelle-- I still can't say too much (until Eric gives me the word, he is still trying hard to make this work), but I can tell you this... if Eric DOESN'T come to Canada it won't be because HE didn't want to. --Bernie
  20. Well seeing as how "Taste of Chicago" (July 6) is still listing Eric as a performer and it was to be the first show of his rejoining the lineup, my guess is we should have an answer this week --Bernie PS: I found this on THE DRIVE (97.1) web site...looks like the promoters actually added Eric's name to some graphics advertising the tour. Maybe they really do want Eric after all?!?
  21. Darlene-- Do you have Quicktime installed? --Bernie
  22. BachFury-- In case you *haven't* seen it...check this out ! --Bernie
  23. My best guess would be that "Almost Paradise," "Forever Tonight" and "Hungry Eyes" should also still be available. --Bernie
  24. I still have tickets to three shows (fingers and toes crossed) --Bernie
  25. Wally-- When Eric agreed to be a part of the tour, he was told that he would play Hawaii and ALL dates starting with the July 4th show in Denver. On those "few" occasions where Todd could play they would appear TOGETHER...just like in Hawaii. When Eric arrived in Hawaii, everything changed. My concert listing was based on what Eric was told and what he told me. I don't know what the other band member's web sites said or didn't say two weeks ago since I wasn't checking them. Many of the venues listed Eric's name (some still do). Westbury was one of 'em. The reason I thought I'd have a chance with them for a refund is that their Ticketmaster listing actually says Eric was replaced by Todd. As BadfingerBarb says, it's up to their complete discretion on this sort of thing. The first person I spoke to refused to give me a refund until I asked to talk to someone above them! --Bernie PS: Hypothetically...let's say you're a kid. And one of your friends tells you that he's going to give you 23 pieces of candy if you ride your bike all the way over to his house (he lives far away) to help him clean his room with a bunch of his friends. So you agree. When you're done, you ask for the candy and he says, "Oh. You know what? I only have 7 pieces of candy for you, 'cause that's all I have left over after I gave all of my other friends theirs." Would that kid still be your friend?
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