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  1. I'm looking into this right now...I hope things haven't changed but will let everyone know as soon as I find out. --Bernie
  2. Eric has confirmed that the Songbook is definitely "on the way," so I guess it's just a matter of time. --Bernie
  3. My guess is that you need legal representation to contact celeb management and draw up contracts. But that's just a guess. --Bernie
  4. June-- Looks like it is true -- Maybe you can get to another venue? --Bernie
  5. Billy K.-- The "Boats" CD is a Japanese import. That's the only way you can get it, and "yes" they are usually that expensive. Sometimes you can find it for less. I think there actually might be one for sale on eBay right now. As for "Bonus Tracks" -- Rhino's CD release of Eric's first album has a couple and the unreleased Raspberries Greatest Hits CD had a few early demos on it. --Bernie
  6. Steveh-- I actually saw Kansas, Styx and REO live during their heyday, so if you're wacky...I must be, too! --Bernie
  7. Hey Steve-- Click on the first two LINKS on this message board for reports from Maui and Honolulu. Also check out the PRESS ARCHIVE for some very cool photos of the band on stage! --Bernie
  8. ...And what might Eric's favorite Beatles album be, you ask? Why, BEATLES '65, of course...featuring "No Reply." --Bernie
  9. I've just uploaded 30 new Avatars for your customizing pleasure. Enjoy! --Bernie
  10. Somebody out there with my e-mail address (raspbernie@ericcarmen.com) in their address book has the Klez virus. I have no idea who it is as the virus just sends out e-mails from the host computer using other e-mail addresses as the sender...but I have received a few of them myself, indicating they were from ME, no less. Anyway, I'm on a Mac which is virtually virus-free -- the Klez virus simply cannot attack it. So rest assured that if you receive any of this JUNK Mail that it's not from me. And if you're on a PC and use Outlook Express, run a virus check and see if you've got it, because somebody out there does --Bernie
  11. "Make Me Lose Control" was an even bigger hit than "Hungry Eyes" -- maybe he's got that one, too. The chorus is great for the group sing along. --Bernie
  12. As far as I know, the rest of the Raspberries have yet to see a dime from the Capitol catalog's publishing! All of the money is still going to the guy that Eric successfully sued for his songs back in the 80's! This is the reason why the GREAT new Capitol compilation CD of the Raspberries hits (along with unreleased demos) has still not made to to music store shelves. --Bernie
  13. Like Darlene said -- for more "peace of mind" it just so happens that I'm the only one who moderates these Message Boards since the web site is created and maintained entirely by me. I can assure you that absolutely no info is generated about anyone who comes here except for that little thingy that states who's here at any given moment. I can actually turn that feature off on the Board but I kinda dig seeing who's here when I am. I also get a kick out of the large number of people who read but never log in! --Bernie PS: The only thing we keep track of around here is who loves Eric and on that list you can proudly count me IN. If you'd rather remain anonymous, just click on the LOG OUT button next to your name. I set up the Message Board so you can post whether you're logged in or not.
  14. Hmmm... Not sure what you mean "by keep track of us." --Bernie
  15. Oh, one more thing...is Jack Bruce wearing his pajamas on stage ? --Bernie
  16. Hey everybody! Check out this PILE O'PHOTOS from the Honolulu show at the Todd Rundgren Connection web site ! So much for the "NO CAMERAS" rule! --Bernie PS: You can also read the photographer's review of the show -- she's obviously a HUGE Todd Rundgren fan. I gotta admit, seeing the two of them together on stage makes me hope that Todd *does* play at least one of the NJ/NY shows with Eric. I just LOVE that photo of the two of them BOTH playing their black John Lennon Rickenbacker guitars simultaneously!
  17. The first "official" review -- from the Honolulu-Star Bulletin / June 18, 2002 A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE 6 Classic Rockers Play Beatles Favorites By John Berger It was a moment made for a music video. The rock star, classic Cream and an anonymous air drummer. Whoever he was Sunday night at the "A Walk Down Abbey Road" concert, the guy was excellent! He appeared out of the crowd and stood by the stage just as Jack Bruce smashed into "Sunshine of Your Love," a guy with the physique of a body builder, the sides of his head shaved, the hair on top cut short and bleached albino. He matched Bruce's man on the drums perfectly. Bruce's old Cream hit was single most powerful number during the concert at Blaisdell Arena. The arena-level seating was comfortably full of classic-rock fans and curiosity seekers who turned out to see how Bruce, Eric Carmen, Christopher Cross, Mark Farner, Alan Parsons, Todd Rundgren and a trio of sidemen would work together playing a hodgepodge of their favorite songs by the Beatles. Each of the stars also got to do a couple of their own hits with various combinations of musicians in support, with Bruce on bass backing most of others. For the crowd, most of whom appeared old enough to remember when Bruce and the others first hit the charts, renewing acquaintances seemed to be half the fun. Carmen slipped behind the Kurzweil and took the audience back to his Raspberries days. Farner rocked with "Bad Time" and got great audience response with "Closer to Home." Cross, seen here recently with the Honolulu Symphony, hit with "Sailin'" and "Ride Like the Wind," and told the crowd that "nothing validates you more with your 10-year-old daughter than having one of your songs covered by *N Sync." Parsons commented that with his involvement in the show, he had "discovered the concept of having to learn words." Farner added an interesting twist to the show when he played "Taxman" in an arrangement distinctly different from the original. Bruce's powerhouse miniset was followed by an enthusiastic rendition of "Back in the U.S.S.R.," with all six principals performing up front. It was a promising introduction to the concept, and it felt that we were getting down to business. Then came the intermission. What followed was closer to a jam session than a rehearsed show, but not so sloppy that it seemed disrespectful to paying fans. Rundgren affected a nasal country accent on "I've Just Seen A Face," Carmen took over on "No Reply," Cross got the lead spot on "Here There, and Everywhere," and at one point Rundgren said simply, "Somebody take the initiative here." The crowd was forgiving of the ragged moments, adding a lusty "Hey!" to "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away," and yelling along to "I Should Have Known Better" as well. They were dancing down front long before the group closed with "Birthday." Rundgren, who had the center spot on stage and seemed to do most of guitar solos during the Beatles half of the program, had the lead in an encore performance of "Revolution," and Bruce started things off on the "Abbey Road" medley that closed the show. Most of the fans seemed satisfied.
  18. Well...first of all you need to have at least 26 posts to do it and...WHOA! You're over 26 posts, so what are you waiting for?!? Click on MY PROFILE in the LINKS above and then click on VIEW/UPDATE PROFILE. Scroll down to the area where you get to select an AVATAR (who comes up with these names?) And voila! --Bernie
  19. Julie-- My experience with the NO CAMERA rules at concerts is that it varies with the performers. If you can get a camera past the checkpoint search by hiding it then you're halfway home. Most security people won't hassle you if you discreetly take a photo or two without making a nuisance of yourself. Unfortunately, cameras like yours (with a long telephoto lens) are exactly the kind of cameras they look for and frown upon. The thought, I guess, is that you might be a pro and will sell the photos to some magazine or something. Most concertgoers seem to be able to do anything they want with those little disposable cameras or mini digitals. The pictures are certainly not good enough to sell. Good luck! And if you get any photos we'd love to see 'em! --Bernie PS: I've never seen security confiscate a camera. The few times that I've been "busted" resulted in me giving up my film and refraining from taking any more shots. If you are lucky enough to take some pictures, hide each roll of film as you expose it so that you can tell them that the only film you have is the roll in the camera
  20. IMO, "So You Are A Star" was the best John Lennon tune John Lennon never wrote. If that makes any sense whatsoever --Bernie
  21. Here's the show info from the FleetBoston web site: "A Walk Down Abbey Road: A Tribute to the Beatles" returns to FleetBoston Pavilion on Friday, July 26th, 2002 for its second outing. The show, whose inaugural edition was hailed by the Boston Herald as a "highly entertaining show" and "a rousing success," returns with the same formula that created magic the first time around. Half of the show the group will play their own solo hits and the other half is comprised of all Beatles hits. This years line-up sees the return of the master of ceremonies Alan Parsons, engineer on the Beatles classic albums Abbey Road and Let it Be, and a solo artist whose hits include" Eye in the Sky" and "Games People Play." Jack Bruce, a Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame member, legendary bass player for Cream, and a key innovator in rock music, joins Alan. Eric Carmen, whose hits "All by Myself" and "Almost Paradise (Love Theme from Footloose)" are among the most played songs in US pop history. Christopher Cross, Oscar and Grammy winning songwriter whose hits include "Sailing" and "Arthur's Theme." And Mark Farner, songwriter and lead singer of Grand Funk Railroad, a seminal rock group who sold out Shea Stadium faster than the Beatles. These great musicians, together with a veteran backing band comprised of Godfrey Townsend, John Beck and Steve Murphy, play the entire concert together as one supergroup. The Mercury News noted of the format: "How many cover bands are there where every member has gold records on the wall?" The answer is not many. The first half of the show the group plays their own solo hits. Collectively this "band" has sold over one hundred million albums and has played in front of millions of fans. The second half of the show they play classic hits from the entire Beatles catalogue. --Bernie
  22. WOW! Two great reviews. Thanks, guys! If Hawaii is any indication than these individual concert forums are going to work out just fine. Let's see if we can get at least one review for each of the venues. Did either of you guys take any photos? I'd love to get a couple of them on-line. I'm looking for this show to really rock once everyone gets into the groove. A lot of the band members don't tour regularly enough for their voices to be in perfect shape for the first show or two. Eric's voice became so amazing on the Ringo All-Starr tour a couple of years ago that by the time the tour hit the East coast he was nailing every note! Thanks again for the GREAT reviews! --Bernie
  23. Chet-- Many thanks for the review! Eric told me that the first two shows in Hawaii were going to be VERY loose. Apparently they only had a couple of days to rehearse. Thanks again! --Bernie
  24. Steve-- I'm still waiting to hear from Chris in Hawaii who had floor seats near the stage. I'll post his review as soon as I get it! --Bernie
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