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  1. Great job! I pulled the clip for anyone who'd like to hear it: LEFSETZ LIVE - APRIL 26, 2022
  2. LC, It was originally taped for “Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert,” but Wally chose to make it un-airable by singing “I don’t give a shit.” It did eventually run on a British concert program, “The Old Grey Whistle Test.” NOTE: This was the same performance where Eric mumbled an unintelligible word instead of singing “fucking optimistic” in “Starting Over,” proving the boys did get a censor warning. Wally, I guess, chose not to play along.
  3. I watched my share of "Happy Days," but I wasn't at all into any of that "Joanie Loves Chachi" nonsense. Fonzie jumped the shark years before they tried to get us to watch that!
  4. On March 4, 2006, I took a trip to Cleveland to see Wally Bryson and Jim Bonfanti reunite with some of their Choir bandmates for a sold-out show at the Beachland Ballroom. I brought a surprise guest with me that evening...Eric Carmen, who was first inspired by the Choir when he was a teenager looking to form a band of his own. That weekend, I talked to Eric about the success of EricCarmen.com and suggested it might be time for him to sign up. And, he did. On March 6, he set up an account, and on March 7, he made his first post. Some 2,270 posts later, Eric's participation on this Message Board was legen—wait for it—dary! Imagine if you got to trade stories with Paul McCartney, or did daily Q&A's with Mick Jagger, or had the opportunity to have Bruce Springsteen talk about songwriting and the music business. Well, we got that here at EricCarmen.com—and more! Eric was one of us. And I am thankful for every keystroke he shared.
  5. While we're on the subject, here's a super rare item from the EricCarmen.com Archives: a hand-written page from Charles Capello's violin chart for "Starting Over." This was used at the recording session when they laid down the strings on the tune.
  6. Rhonda, The staccato horns in the second chorus after Eric sings the verse that ends with "immoderately," is VERY TASTY! Starting around the 1:39 mark. That's what caught my ears! According to the LP's liner notes, the wonderful horns and strings on the Starting Over LP were arranged by Charles Calello, who has quite a resume (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Calello).
  7. This is really interesting. I hear quite a few things I never heard before—especially the horn parts played while Eric is singing. Quite lovely.
  8. Such sad news. My prayers go out to them and their family.
  9. Even though Raspberries reunited to play an historic show on November 26, 2004 at the House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio, and a follow-up performance on New Year's Eve that same year, 2005 was the year most fans got to see the band. That year, Raspberries took their reunion show on the road. The newly reformed band played eight additional shows that year, taking them from coast-to-coast: January 15, 2005 — House of Blues, Chicago IL June 26, 2005 — Taste of Summer, Waukesha WI July 2, 2005 — Coors Amphitheatre, Denver CO July 15, 2005 — Scene Pavilion, Cleveland OH July 23, 2005 — B.B. King's New York NY July 24, 2005 — B.B. King's New York NY September 17, 2005 — House of Blues, Atlantic City NJ October 21, 2005 — House of Blues, West Hollywood CA When Eric first told me the band was getting together, I told him that when I saw Paul McCartney at Madison Square Garden in 2002, they played a pre-show concert film to get the crowd excited and in the mood for the show. I asked if I could make one for their reunion. He agreed. And I did. A version of Raspberries' pre-concert video appears on their "Sunset Strip" Deluxe DVD. But for that one, I edited out some photos and video clips that we couldn't get cleared for that particular release. So here, for the first time anywhere (unless you saw this open a Raspberries live concert in 2004-05) is the exact video played right before Raspberries set foot on a stage for the first time in three decades. NOTE: When the audio cuts out after the first few opening notes of "I Wanna Be With You" was when the curtain opened and the live band jumped in. 😎
  10. 2004 was the year fans got to read a massive, new Eric Carmen biography! More than that, visitors of EricCarmen.com were offered a special limited hardcover edition—signed by Eric himself. ERIC CARMEN: MARATHON MAN was an exclusive, in-depth biography written by Bernie Hogya and Ken Sharp. A major publishing project, two years in the making and fully authorized, ERIC CARMEN: MARATHON MAN (with 432 pages and over 100 unpublished photographs) was the first serious book written about Eric and the Raspberries and is the ultimate inside story for Eric Carmen fans and power pop followers worldwide. Well he was sixteen, and sick of school. He didn't know what he wanted to do. He bought a guitar. He got the fever. That's rock and roll. From his formative musical beginnings in Cleveland, Ohio, to his chart-toppers with Raspberries, "Go All The Way," "I Wanna Be With You," and "Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)," to his solo career smashes, "All By Myself," "Never Gonna Fall In Love Again," 'Hungry Eyes," and "Make Me Lose Control," Eric Carmen, who many have rightfully proclaimed the father of power pop, has proven himself a musical genius with few equals. For the first time ever, this definitive biography chronicled the compelling story of a two-and-a-half-year-old child prodigy who dreamed of becoming the next John Lennon, Paul McCartney, or Mick Jagger. What he really wanted was a hit record (yeah)! He got it, and more, in a career that spanned four decades. Exhaustively researched, ERIC CARMEN: MARATHON MAN showcased exclusive interviews with Eric, fellow bandmates, producers, musical contemporaries, as well as family and friends, and was profusely illustrated with over 100 rare and previously unpublished photographs. There were just a handful of the limited hardcover books available. Each copy was personally autographed by Eric Carmen. And they sold out fast. If you were one of the lucky fans who got one, you also received this Certificate of Authenticity showing Eric signing the books. When Ken and I wrote the book, we had no idea that Raspberries would ever reunite, let alone play concerts coast-to-coast. In fact, the Raspberries chapter of the book ended with this sour prediction: "As for a Raspberries reunion, the general consensus now is that it will never happen." How glad that we were wrong about that one! An updated version of the book—with full coverage of the band's reunion—is still available at Amazon.com, Apple Books, or Smashwords in ebook form. If you haven't read the book...what are you waiting for?
  11. Like I said…2003 was a slow year.
  12. 2003 was a slow year for Eric Carmen news. But there was "Planet of the Apes." 😳 Eric Carmen: “In the Fall of 2003, I received a letter from Universal Publishing, which said that a rap artist named Raekwon (formerly a member of the Wu-Tang Clan) would like permission to use a piece of ‘Sunrise’ in a song that he was doing. The song was called ‘Planet of the Apes.’ “Before agreeing to anything I asked this rap fan that I know at my local car wash whether he had heard of Raekwon. He said, ‘Yeah! Raekwon is cool!’ When I told him that Raekwon was interested in sampling my song he replied, ‘Do it, man! Do it!’ “Universal suggested in their letter that I ask for at least 33-1/3 percent of the copyright. Because of some pretty strong and violent gangsta rap lyrics like, ‘Stomach wounds make it hard to swallow your food,’ I wondered if it was outrageous that I asked for 75 percent of the copyright. I did, and subsequently never heard anything back from them. “I figured Raekwon was offended by my request, he decided to pass, and that was the end of that. I pulled into the car wash one day and my friend says, ‘Hey man! I picked up the new Raekwon CD! “Planet of the Apes,” baby! “Planet of the Apes!”’ So I went to my nearby Target, bought a copy, and sure enough, there was my name next to the title. I now own 75 percent of ‘Planet of the Apes.’” —Eric Carmen: Marathon Man "Planet of the Apes" Written by: ERIC CARMEN, COREY WOODS, KIAM HOLLEY, SEAN JACOBS Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group WARNING: Explicit Content!
  13. The winners of the EricCarmen.com "3 Million Hits Prize Giveaway" are: Doreen Jtgilroy Batman Congratulations! Prizes will be shipped next week! Enjoy!
  14. In 2002, EricCarmen.com changed the format of its Message Board to an early version of what you're currently reading. The Message Board at the website was initially just a scrolling group of posts that had no organization whatsoever. It resembled a single post rather than a series of posts. The new format—using threaded subjects with posts corresponding to that subject only—was perplexing to some at the time. Funny how new technology is initially scary, but it ultimately embraced. Later that year we also changed the look of the website...again. This is what visitors saw:
  15. The Internet Archive does a pretty good job of archiving websites through the years. It skips a lot of images and some of the links lead to dead ends, but there's an awful lot of content worth exploring.
  16. Last chance for entries. Winners will be selected tomorrow.
  17. Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes. I never seemed to be satisfied with the look of the website in its early days—changing thing around every year or so. I guess as the technology improved, and my skills at designing within the confines of the technology improved, I wanted EricCarmen.com to look better and better. 2001 was no exception. That year the website made a big jump in the look and feel of things. Here's a snapshot of what visitors saw in 2001, courtesy of the "Wayback Machine" at Archive.org:
  18. Ringo introduced all of the band members during his interview.
  19. 2000 was a banner year for Eric Carmen fans. On February 29, 2000, Eric’s album of love songs, Winter Dreams, found a home in the U.S. Renamed I Was Born To Love You after the album’s lead-off single, the CD was released on Pyramid Records. Eric was upbeat about the prospects for his new domestic release. A rave review for the single appeared in Billboard magazine: “Eric Carmen’s name will likely conjure fond memories for music fans of the ‘70s and ‘80s, via his stint, first, with Raspberries (remember “Go All The Way” from 1972?), then as a solo performer (‘All By Myself,’ ‘Never Gonna Fall In Love Again,’ ‘Hungry Eyes’). He returns for a comeback bow some twelve years after his last hit with a self-penned/arranged/produced signature ballad of feeling and passion, thanks to a new deal with Miami-based Pyramid Records. ‘I Was Born To Love You,’ as one might expect, is a piano-driven cut with melodramatic strings, a build as potent as an active volcano, and a melody, that, a couple times through, will stick with you the rest of the day. It’s likely that AC stations embracing this surprise return will find an audience that immediately recognizes the voice, and they may well find favor in this full-bodied, savvily performed and absolutely lovely tune. What a nice moment from his new album of the same name.” Tickets for “A Special Evening With Eric Carmen” at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are announced for sale at EricCarmen.com — an hour later, all of the tickets were gone. The show, which promised a question-and-answer session along with a live performance, was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Eric in an intimate setting. Then on May 1, Ringo Starr held a press conference in New York City to announce the lineup of his new All-Starr Band: Jack Bruce, Dave Edmunds, Simon Kirke and Eric! The band played to sell-out shows across the country, with Eric performing "Go All The Way," "All By Myself," and "Hungry Eyes" each night. On several special shows, lucky fans got to see him play "Boats Against The Current." On May 15, Ringo was a guest on Late Night With David Letterman. The show featured a live performance of "With A Little Help From My Friends."
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