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  1. Ted, you remain in my prayers. Don
  2. My favorite photo of The Choir is of the band with The Yardbirds at: In The Choir/Yardbirds photo: that's Jim Bonfanti standing at the left, with Wally Bryson sitting on the floor in the front row with his hands on one knee and Dave Smalley sitting in a chair at the far right --- with Jimmy Page (Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin) fourth from the left in the back row! Great article on The Choir, co-written by Denny Carleton (another former member of the band, and a Cleveland radio deejay, with a website at http://www.dennycarleton.com) at: http://www.raspberries.net/choir.htm Don
  3. There was a Choir reunion on Father's Day in 1988 also, sponsored by WMMS, at an outdoor venue in Cleveland, which may have been the first Choir reunion. Dave Smalley singing lead on "It's Cold Outside" just showed me what a charismatic lead singer he can be. The six guys in The Choir reunion have plenty of material to do (the 1976 BOMP Records EP, the "Choir Practice" CD (which is also available as a vinyl LP from http://www.Sundazed.Com, the record label), and the CD "Psychedelic Microdots Of The '60s Volume 3" (five Choir tracks, including some not on "Choir Practice"). I imagine they'll stick with Choir material, but as much as I love Raspberries, I need to point out that these six guys have a lot of non-Raspberries material they could pull from (and it's all good): The Mods, Dynamite (an entire unreleased album), The Sittin' Ducks (the self-titled CD), Tattoo (the self-titled LP), Dave's solo album, The Bryson Group (the "Dry" CD is awesome), Wallop, The Secret, Peter Panic, Wally Bryson & The News, The Raspberries "Refreshed" (Dave's "Pop Teasers" is too cool)... Mainly, just let the guys have fun --- that they are performing again is enough for me... besides, if they do The Choir's 1970 single "Gonna Have A Good Time Tonight" (a remake of The Easybeats hit), you'll see why The Choir's version is better than the later hit version by INXS! Trust me on this. Don
  4. To stop these "autograph sharks" (I like that term) would be easy --- the guys should sell autographed, new, working guitars themselves. At RickSpringfield.Com, Rick Springfield is selling brand new autographed guitars for $500, which seems pretty reasonable to me, and I would rather pay the artist for such a thing. Me, I've never sold an autographed item in my collection --- they mean too much to me (and my collection includes Raspberries, Bill Medley (signed my "Dirty Dancing" program), Cheap Trick (autographed drum head and drum sticks, the latter which were personally chewed by Bun E. Carlos), Aerosmith (their autobiography signed by all five guys), Joey Molland (sadly, the only Badfinger member I've ever met), and many others). To the fan, these things mean a lot: a memory, a special moment. The only thing I'm bidding on are the autographed photos of Eric Carmen choking Tony Cartmill that are going like hotcakes on Ebay (they put them in the colored, Raspberry-scented frame of your choice, with a certificate of authenticity)... just kidding Tony, I think you "rock" buddy... Don P. S.: Happy Holidays to the everyone!
  5. Bernie, You, Ken and Gene did a great job on the book. You know that already. I got the book today (my fault for ordering late) and I was like a little kid reading every page tonight --- took me back to 1973 when I'd grab a magazine like "Beatles Forever" and read it cover-to-cover in one sitting, but most of all it reminded me of going to the local Wish's Drug Store and seeing the November 1973 issue of Hit Parader with the Raspberries on the cover when it hit the newstand in September of 1973 (despite the cover date, it came out two months earlier). Man, I read that short article and looked at the cover more than I care to admit; then I saw those guys live in November of 1973 --- best band ever, in my book (one-page, out-of-print). You guys got it. You guys get it. You guys delivered it in "Raspberries Tonight!" This will sound like ass-kissing, but I mean every word --- you brought tears to my eyes. I can't explain it, but reading the love (think about that, "reading the love") these guys have for each other now; hearing Eric call Wally the greatest guitar-player he's ever played with and each of the guys honestly praising one another, really made my bad ticker beat a bit gentler. Man, I always knew that if they just tried, they themselves would "get it" --- Raspberries would know what all us "first generation" fans have always "believed," that they were, are and always will be one of the greatest bands of all-time. The love, the humor, the fun, the great music --- that's what turned me onto Raspberries in 1972-73. They have it all in one scratch 'n' sniff package. God, I love these guys (and the features on the wonderful Overdubs are pretty darn cool, too, folks). I'm collecting my thoughts on this and will review it somewhere. Right now, one picture --- one beautiful black-and-white picture --- says a thousand words to me: page 34, photo by Bernie Hogya: Dave Smalley sitting with the most intense, emotional look on his face and in his eyes as Eric Carmen plays the keyboards; that's the one that did me in, man, brought tears to my eyes (I am not a wussy, but I am a sensitive guy, damn it). That picture, my friend, captured a moment that can't be recreated and is genuine. Then to read the comments of the guys --- all the guys --- of how they felt/feel about all of this is really inspiring. In a month where Mike Love is suing Brian Wilson again (this time over the use of his image on the "Smile" release), Raspberries are the artists who know what's truly important --- love is all that matters, after all, and to know that they are friends again, well, that's pretty darn cool. The film "Field Of Dreams" kept running through my mind as I read the book --- you know, "If you build it, they will come." I truly believe that, "If Raspberries record it, they will buy." I think the timing is right --- imagine an advertisement for a new Raspberries' release featuring quotes from Raspberries' celebrity fans about the band; people will notice, and people will buy. Ken Barnes wrote in Rolling Stone in 1974 that "Starting Over" wasn't the "ultimate Raspberries' triumph" --- he was right, that triumph will come with the next album (you know, a little girl ala "Poltergist" in front of a TV set with static on the screen says, "They're back," and suddenly the Raspberries logo appears on screen followed by video of the boys playing something new). I had to write you this while it was "Fresh" in my mind. To everyone involved, you rock! Happy Holidays to you all, and a very, Berry Christmas! Don
  6. Bernie, That is cool!!! Not bad for a bunch of young fellas from Cleveland to be listed with Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones and Carole King. Be proud, guys, be proud --- and be "loud" in 2006! Don
  7. Sugarbabi, While I don't know what's bothering you, I have enjoyed your posts and I just wanted you to know that you're in my prayers. I'm sure a lot of positive vibes from the members here are headed your way. Don
  8. Not sure if anyone's posted this before, but it's a new find to me, so... There's a mention of Eric Carmen on an episode of comedian Stephen Colbert's (a veteran of the Emmy-winning "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart) U. S. cable TV Comedy Central series "The Colbert Report." Nothing serious, but it's a cute, humorous mention anyway (more recent posts have included mentions of Rick Springfield, so the guy must like power pop). According to his "Colbert Nation" web blog at http://www.colbertnation.com/colbertnation/ --- his blog entry for November 4, 2005 (an Episode 12 recap) includes: <<<On Cleveland: "The city has spawned acts as diverse as Nine Inch Nails, Pere Ubu, and Eric Carmen. You know, the guy who sang 'All By Myself.' I would remind you of the tune by singing a little bit of it, but then I'd have to pay royalties to Eric Carmen, which is something I promised myself I'd never do." Stephen is a man of his word!>>>
  9. Hey, I LOVE Ohio --- I lived in Columbus for four years as a kid and in Dayton for a year as an adult. One of my favorite states. Rather than start a new topic, just wanted to plug Rick Springfield's recent 2-CD anthology "Written In Rock" --- our Raspberries' historian Ken Sharp conducted the interviews with Rick Springfield and the photo research for what appears in that album's CD booklet! Man, I'd love to hear what Raspberries' could do with a song like "Calling All Girls"! Don
  10. Jimmy's son, Jimmy Ienner, Jr. has a web site at: http://www.ienner.com/ (he has photographed such acts as Carly Simon and Roger Waters) Briefest of bios pf Jimmy Sr. at the "That Philly Sound" site: http://www.thatphillysound.com/people/jimmy_ienner.html Jimmy and Don Ienner are brothers. Jimmy "Teeth" Ienner, Raspberries' producer, also produced (besides the acts already named) Janey Street and Sha Na Na (who covered Raspberries' "Don't Want To Say Goodbye"). Ienner's production of "(Just Like) Romeo And Juliet" was Sha Na Na's biggest single, hitting #55 in 1975. Jimmy Ienner also was president of Millenium Records and helped launch Franke & The Knockouts. That group hit # 10 in 1981 with "Sweetheart," one of their three Top 40 singles (they also had two albums in the Top 50). Franke Previte of Franke & The Knockouts is one the guys who wrote Eric Carmen's "Hungry Eyes" and Franke also co-wrote "Time Of My Life" (Oscar and Golden Globe winner) for Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes. Speaking of Sha Na Na (but no direct-connection to Jimmy Ienner), I recently picked up the CD "One More Tomorrow - The Best Of Henry Gross" because it had two of my favorite Top 40 songs from 1976, "Shannon" and "Springtime Mama," which had an Eric/Beach Boys sound to them. Great little collection by the former Sha Na Na guitarist (angelic voice and Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys on backup vocals). Don
  11. Here's a link to an article that's from an Ohio newspaper, The Canton Repository (http://www.cantonrep.com/index.php?Category=20&ID=250863&r=14). The Raspberries reunion photo might be a Gene Taylor shot(?). It's written by Corey Levitan of the Copley News Service and appeared in the Canton newspaper on November 4, 2005 --- it's pretty similar to other recent interviews with Eric Carmen, but since it's the most recent press story I've seen, I'll post it: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Raspberries back in season Friday, November 4, 2005 By Corey Levitan Copley News Service The Raspberries’ lack of superstardom is one of rock’s great injustices. Young girls and rock critics alike hailed the seminal power-pop quartet from Cleveland, which performed in matching white pre-disco suits. The annual Rolling Stone writer’s poll named the band’s “Overnight Sensation†as 1974’s single of the year. (The following year, its choice was Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run.â€) Yet the group is only hazily remembered for its hit “Go All the Way,†while its singer, Eric Carmen, is best known all by himself (for his 1976 solo hit, “All By Myself,†and 1987’s equally saccharine “Hungry Eyesâ€). The problem is that, while the Raspberries were together, young girls and rock critics were just about their only fans. “At the back of our concerts would be the critics, and up front would be about 300 16-year-old girls,†says Carmen, 56, phoning from his home in suburban Cleveland. “And in between would be nothing. Their older brothers were out buying Jethro Tull albums. “And FM radio didn’t get what we were doing, either. They seemed to see us as a throwback, a nostalgia thing.†NO bloat, no NOODLING Carmen — a classically trained pianist who based “All By Myself†on Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto — admits the throwback tag wasn’t off-base; the Raspberries were formed to pinprick the bloat of progressive rock. “For those of us who started playing as a result of the Beatles and the Who, the thing I loved about that time was that it was all about songs,†he says. “I didn’t hate Traffic, but Jim Capaldi noodling around on a flute for five minutes didn’t do it for me the way Pete Townshend slashing out guitar chords did. “So I felt there was a void.†The Raspberries are now touring, for the first time since their 1974 breakup, to see if they can change their historical station (and make some cash, who are we kidding?). The idea came when a House of Blues booker decided a Raspberries reunion was the perfect way to open the chain’s Cleveland franchise. At first, Carmen — who spent the past 10 years out of show business, raising two children — was hesitant. “A certain myth has grown up around the band over 30 years,†he says, “and I would rather have it stay a myth than go up there and have people walk out and say, ‘Yeah, they weren’t so good.â€â€™ Although John Q. Public still doesn’t know who the Raspberries were, Carmen is correct about the myth; it built up among rock musicians. Axl Rose is an avowed fan. Kurt Cobain was known to have requested a “Raspberries sound†from album engineers. And check out what Bruce Springsteen told a Greensboro, N.C., concert crowd just three months ago: “In the late ’70s, I used to keep ‘The Raspberries Greatest Hits’ on cassette in my car. They haven’t gotten the respect they deserved in my opinion. With all the power pop music you hear, what about the Raspberries? The Raspberries had great stuff.†Introduced to the House of Blues’ impressive sound system while on one of Ringo Starr’s All-Starr band tours, Carmen had his reunion doubts further assuaged when he got together for a tentative tryout with his former band mates last year. “It sounded pretty good,†he remembers. There were still issues for the band to plow through, however, especially being that the breakup followed a fistfight between Carmen and guitarist Wally Bryson. “We were supposed to have a band meeting, and Wally didn’t want to come,†Carmen says. “I said, ‘What do you mean he doesn’t want to come?’ And the next thing you know, we were out in the parking lot.†The tension had been building up for months, Carmen explains. “More than anything else, it was just about the intense and ever-growing level of frustration with being out on the road day after day, banging our brains out on a stage, and feeling like we were battling every possible thing — bad sound systems, bad management, no days off. “And there had already been internal problems within the band about direction,†Carmen continues, “because as soon as your singles don’t start to do as well, people start to say, ‘Maybe it’s the concept that’s wrong and maybe we should change horses.â€â€™ So far, Carmen says, fists have yet to clench during the reunion.“It’s better now because we’re 30 years older, a little less impulsive and a little more diplomatic,†he says. “But there are some issues that really still aren’t ironed out. We’re four different people with different tastes in music and different ideas about pretty much everything. “There’s plenty of bumping heads here and there.†--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Don
  12. Actually from The Los Angeles Press-Telegram...
  13. From The Los Angeles Post-Telegram, Oct. 20, 2005 (http://www.presstelegram.com/portlet/article/html/fragments/print_article.jsp?article=3135028): Rock and roll never forgets: The Raspberries were reconstituted to play their Seventies hits one time and found that there was more demand by Phillip Zonkel, Staff writer U-Entertainment THE RASPBERRIES' first Los Angeles concert was intimidating, to say the least. That show was a 1972 KROQ-sponsored event at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The bill featured Cher, the Four Seasons, The Eagles and Stevie Wonder. The power pop quartet (lead singer-guitarist Eric Carmen, drummer Jim Bonfanti, guitarist Wally Bryson and guitarist Dave Smalley) had a hit with the frisky anthem "Go All the Way," but Carmen knew he and his fellow 23-year-old bandmates were small potatoes. "I remember having to follow a 25-minute rendition of 'Superstitution' by Stevie Wonder, who had a 15-piece band of virtuosos with him, sessions musicians, horn section, background singers, percussionists, bass guitar, drummer," says Carmen, 56, calling from his home outside of Cleveland. "I was standing backstage with my three Cleveland bandmates going, 'Oh, my god. There's 75,000 people out there and we have to follow this?" " "It was intimidating," he says, chuckling. The Raspberries return to Los Angeles tonight at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip. It's the first time in 33 years that all four original members have played together in LA. The concert is the last of a 10-date Raspberries reunion tour, following the band's 1975 breakup. "We don't have to follow Stevie," Carmen says chuckling about what's different 33 years later. "We're just having fun now. One of the best parts about this reunion is that because it's 30 years later, this isn't life and death the way it was. Back in 1972, everything you did was potenitally a career maker or career breaker." With their Beatleslike harmonies, Mod-influenced suits and power-pop melodies, the Cleveland-based Raspberries seemed out of place with the day's reigning music champs, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, Yes, Black Sabbath and the Who. But the band still struck a chord. Its 1972 debut, "Raspberries," spawned three hits, including "Go All The Way," which sold 1.3 million copies. Over the years, the group has been mentioned as an influence by everyone from John Lennon, Keith Moon, Kurt Cobain, Kiss, Joan Jett and Motley Crue, The following year, during the recording of the third album, "Side 3," Bonfanti and Smalley grew increasingly frustrated with the record label marketing the Raspberries as a teenybopper band and left the group. In 1974, the group's "Starting Over" signaled the end. Bryson and Carmen had a now-famous argument after a concert in a Chicago parking lot. It ended with Bryson leaving the band. The three remaining members finished the tour and then called it quits. Carmen says more has been made of the confrontation in the parking lot than it really was. "It did happen and it wasn't a fun evening to be sure," Carmen says. "But it was more a symptom of the frustration of what was going on than really a nail in the coffin. The problems existed before that and had existed for some time. "The real problem was the original marketing of the band by Capitol to teen magazines saddled us with a preconceived notion that wasn't what we were about," he says. "Beyond that, radio didn't embrace the band. The rock critics got it and 16-year-old girls got it. "What eventually happened was the 18-year-old brothers who were the ones buying all the records by Jethro Tull and Traffic didn't want to like the same band their little sister liked. "That took its toll," Carmen says. "By the time we got to that fourth album, it went on to sell the fewest of our four albums." Carmen went on to an intermittenly successful solo career as a pop balladeer — 1976's "All By Myself" and 1987's "Hungry Eyes" were two of his biggest hits. The other band members remained musicians, but stayed out of the public eye. In the fall of 2004, the four original members were approached by the House of Blues Cleveland for a single reunion concert. The four musicians hadn't kept in much contact over the years. Except for Dave, who moved to Phoneix, everyone lived in the Cleveland area. "There were a lot of concerns from everyone on how this would work," Carmen says. "Some of the guys wanted to make sure everyone was going to have an equal say and everyone would be included in the creative process. "Everybody carries the scars of what happened in the past. They're never terribly far from the surface," Carmen says. "But for the sake of today, we all put that stuff away and try not to let it rear its ugly head. So far that's been successful." Carmen says no other musical ventures have been confirmed for the Raspberries and doubts many exist. "The reality is all four of us are 56 years old. We have lives and families and commitments to those things," Carmen says. "I don't know what record labels in their right mind will be clamboring for four 56-year-old guys to make a record deal." ------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------- Ah Raspberries!!! I'm going to my room to listen to that 56-year-old Rick Springfield's new 2-CD "Written In Rock" Anthology on RCA...or, I might listen to some other 56-year-old rockers like Billy Joel, Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac), Ric Ocasek (Cars), Daryl Hall and John Oates, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Rodgers, Gene Simmons (Kiss), Bruce Springsteen, Roger Taylor (Queen)... ...maybe listen to that 65-year-old Ringo Starr or that 63-year-old Paul McCartney... ...maybe enjoy an ABC-TV News article on "aging rock stars" (http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/story?id=745312) that notes that The Rolling Stones have a combined age of 242 years and that "aging rock stars" are the top attractions on the concert trail... ...or I can keep the faith on a new Raspberries album (that's my choice and that's what I'll do) --- nothing old about you guys, Raspberries Are Timeless (I'd still love you guys if you sat in chairs on stage and had to wear wigs)... Don ;-)
  14. That site services news outlets for a commercial fee, but I was pleased to find one could view some thumbnails for free. Some of those shots are pretty cool. WireImage.Com says it serves outlets in some 20 countries and describe itself as "the leading digital photographic press agency and wire service. We supply high-quality photography and related services to the World’s professional media on a daily basis." I wasn't aware of them prior to doing a web search today. Don
  15. Trindy, I agree with you that the only place to have a RaspFest would be Cleveland. I really think the town would come alive for such an event if it was done right. I know Cleveland gets a bad rap for not supporting Raspberries, but "Don't Want To Say Goodbye" sold 5,000 copies in Cleveland alone in 1972 and "Go All The Way" sold 100,000 copies in the Cleveland Region, according to Capitol Records, so there must be the "potential" for local fans to attend a Cleveland event --- the trick to "potential" being to get the word out and maybe something special, like a CD release party or a DVD release party (dare I say "and/or" here?), tied in with the event. I don't dislike the Rock Hall of Fame and Museum, I just don't care for some of the exhibits and I wish they had a permenant Cleveland bands exhibit, but overall it is an interesting place to visit. Don
  16. I don't know if anyone has posted this before, but WireImage.Com has some great shots (apparently by Bobby Bank) of Raspberries in New York City in July and in Atlantic City in September. The photos of Eric and Dave singing into the same mic ala The Beatles are incredible. The link: http://www.wireimage.com/GalleryListing....l=4d&qckv=y Don
  17. One of my favorite writers, Dave Marsh, is interviewing Bruce Springsteen on the Sirius Satellite Network Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005 (with a rebroadcast early Monday morning). It's Dave's first interview with Springsteen in 18 years. So who is Dave Marsh and what is the Raspberries connection? In his book, "The Heart Of Rock And Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made" (http://www.epinions.com/content_46858735236), Dave Marsh writes of song # 890 on his personally chosen list, a little tune by Raspberries called "Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)": "...Carmen wanted to have it all, which as he conceived it meant a band that rocked as tough as The Who and crooned as smooth and tight as The Beach Boys, the lustful adoration of teenage nubiles, the cogent respect of rock critics, massive radio airplay and the royalty checks that go with it..." Dave Marsh was editor of Creem and Rolling Stone magazines (he's the guy who came up with Rolling Stone's list of the "Top Singles of 1974" and ranked "Overnight Sensation" as the # 1 ("best") single of that year). Dave also wrote the Bruce Springsteen book bios "Born To Run" and "Glory Days." Anyway, for several years now he has edited Rock & Rap Confidential magazine (web info on the publication is at http://www.rockrap.com and Cameron Crowe has called the magazine "the best publication to hit my mailbox") and I just got an email that might be of interest: According to Dave Marsh, he will be interviewing Bruce Springsteen on his radio series, "Kick Out The Jams," Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005. "Kick Out The Jams" will air on the Sirius Satellite Network, Channel 103, on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005, from 10 a.m. to noon EST. The show will be rebroadcast Sunday (Oct. 30) from 1-3 p.m. and again early the following morning from 1-3 a.m. EST on Monday, Oct. 31, 2005. I have no idea if Raspberries will be mentioned, but I thought I'd post a "heads up" here just the same (considering all the mentions Bruce has been making about Raspberries on his most recent tour)... Don
  18. I agree with Marvin on the Rock Hall of Fame --- way too much wardrobe (especially from currently popular "acts"). A better place to visit was the Hard Rock Cafe which in 2001 had a guitar on the wall from signed by Raspberries Wally Bryson, Scott McCarl, Dave Smalley and Jim Bonfanti, and it was also signed by Michael Stanley. At the checkout, there was a copy (I think a lot of those must exist) of Raspberries gold record for "Go All The Way") above the cash register. On a RaspFest, I love the idea (the guys first formed in July of 1970, so an annual summer Fest would be a neat weekend event) --- perhaps the guys could do sets including Dynamite, Choir, Cyrus Erie, Quick, Fotomaker (their first album with Wally charted higher than Raspberries last two albums), and some solo stuff (I'd love to see a Berry-ized versions of Eric's "All By Myself"/"Someday"/"Take It Or Leave It"/"Tonight Your Mine," Wally's "Come Back" (the Fotomaker tune originally written for the "Fresh" album), Wally's songs from the Tattoo album in 1976 like "I Still Want You" (Wally is Pete Townshend here, period)/"Give It To Ya Easy"/"Send A Ship" and Dave's "Warrior At Rest" (love that song) --- all done without a lot of pressure over a three-day event (you know, culminating with an annual new CD release party by the band...) A Cleveland Pop Festival might be a sure fire event, too, for drawing a 3-day crowd, too --- all Cleveland's past Top 40 pop acts like Raspberries and Michael Stanley playing the same venue (WMMS had a Father's Day event with a Choir reunion and a Michael Stanley set back in 1987 at an outdoor venue). Anyway, neat idea --- can I plug Abbey Road On The River? Louisville stole the event from Cleveland this year and we have it here for the next two years (around Memorial Day), and it draws tens of thousands of people for a three-day Beatles' love fest with dozens of bands playing Beatles music. This year they had The Smithereens as headliners doing an all-Beatles set --- but I was dreaming of Raspberries doing an all-Beatles set all the while...
  19. Billy, when I read your post about strippers dancing to Raspberries music, "Hands On You" popped into my head... I think Japan is a natural tour possibility for the guys --- perhaps a "Live" CD from there ala Cheap Trick's breakthrough album... ...and they did have a large following in Australia/New Zealand with Top 20 singles there with "Go All The Way," "I Wanna Be With You" and "Overnight Sensation". I've got the Capitol/EMI "Raspberries Gold" LP from there that was released in 1975, the first "greatest hits" compilation --- kind of weird in that it has the 1974 band on the cover and the 1972 bio on the back. Kind of imagining (forgive me, it's late) the "Crocodile Hunter" doing a special on the band: "Crikey!!! (shhhhh!) Listen! I haven't heard the sound of the wild Raspberry in thirty-plus years here in the outback --- must be some sort of power pop migration from the states. Look at them play: power, melody, sweat. Crikey!!! Look at all the shielas and mates flocking to see Raspberries in their natural habitat on stage!!!"
  20. Darlene, It's time for some Raspberrymania! Don
  21. Oct. 24, 2005, at Entertainment Weekly's website is an article called "Remember The Raspberries? They're Back": http://popwatch.ew.com/popwatch/2005/10/the_great_power.html ------------------------------------------------ "Remember the Raspberries? They're back!" by Chris Willman The great power-pop band the Raspberries is currently out playing together for the first time in more than 30 years. (I was thinking that might be some kind of a record for a gap between tours, till I remembered that Cream is getting back together for the first time since the '60s.) At one point in an otherwise explosively wonderful show at L.A.’s House of Blues on Friday, I began to worry that we might see the Raspberries break up again right on stage. Introducing “I Can Remember,†from the quartet’s first album in 1972, Eric Carmen said, “Wally and I wrote this together on the phone. He had some lyrics and I had some lyrics, and whaddya know, they fit together!†Countered guitarist Wally Bryson, briefly resurrecting an old beef, “I think I had the lyrics and SOME music… Oh, s---, here we go again!†Would this real-time credits dispute end in an alley fight, like the band’s last gig in 1975 had? Fortunately, any such old flare-ups aside, these four guys seem committed to burying the hatchets that kept fans waiting an unconscionable three decades. And the fact that all four members are not only alive but in fighting trim is rare indeed; think of fellow power-pop legends like Big Star, which now blends half of the original lineup with half of the Posies, or Badfinger, who had yet another member pass on this month. The miracle reconcilation means most attendees were getting their first-ever live renditions of “Tonight†and “Go All the Way,†which should both go on anybody’s short list of The Most Perfect Rock Singles Ever -- the former, in particular, is as if Paul McCartney fronted a particularly horny incarnation of the Who. Jim Bonfanti still hits those tom-toms like Keith Moon, belying the group’s then-wimpy image. Between songs, Carmen tried to explain where their reputation went off-track, explaining that they wanted to create short, mostly solo-less songs as a reaction to bloated prog-rock. (No wonder they were a model -- of sorts -- for fellow prog-haters the Sex Pistols, whose Steve Jones regularly plays the group on his L.A. radio show.) “We thought that we were being radical,†Carmen told the audience, “but FM radio thought we were being reactionary.†Three decades hence, can we just settle on heavenly? ------------------------------------------- I suspect the writer has "I Can Remember" confused with "Don't Want To Say Goodbye"... Don
  22. Bernie, Very cool post, Raspbuddy. I hope the ride isn't over --- the ultimate Raspberries' triumph is ahead. There is also no need to break up the band ever again (lots of groups take breaks and members do outside projects, but they stay together). To me, Raspberries are the new American icons --- what The Beach Boys once were; the All-American band. The critics love them, the fans are the greatest "street army" around (give us our deployment orders, gentlemen) and the guys truly love one another. This is a beginning; a new life, and life is good with Raspberries around. Don
  23. Susana, Ted and Tommy, I really appreciate your kind comments. I'm feeling pretty well --- Cheap Trick live was great medicine (though "take four Raspberries and call me in the morning" would be a nice prescription, too). Susana, I fixed the PM feature. Tony, Raspberries never had a UK hit and Eric's only chart hit as a performer in England was "All By Myself," which hit # 11 in the UK (Dana Gillespie (hope I spelled that right) did hit the British Top 10 with a cover of Eric's "Never Gonna Fall In Love Again" in 1976). But the British pop press loves Raspberries, as do a number of British acts (one of the members of a British act, Farrah, wrote me that he was a big Raspberries fan; Farrah's a great power pop band, by the way). Hard to say how the guys would do in the UK, but the guys seem to love a challenge! Don
  24. Don't worry about the guys --- they know what they're doing. Some folks have seen the band several times, but there's still a lot of those 1.3 million people who bought "Go All The Way" to "get the message" to (and most would like to see a show like the reunion gigs that launched all this). I think Raspberries are being pretty smart playing small venues and getting good press right now --- things have happened so fast that there hasn't been a lot of time for strategic planning yet (I know the guys want things to be perfect for the fans and themselves). There are many '60s groups that influenced Raspberries' songs that I got into because I wanted discover the band's the band liked. I believe fans of the stars now publicly adoring Raspberries (Rick Springfield, Paul Stanley, Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Little Steven, Clem Burke, and more) will check Raspberries out as well, and the band's fan base will grow (I also can't help but feel that these artists will pressure the Rock Hall of Fame to induct the guys finally). Ken Sharp's October 11, 2005, article in Friday Morning Quarterback (http://www.fmqb.com/Article.asp?id=115421) sheds a little light on the band's thinking right now. I especially love Eric's thinking on a new album when he says: "It would be very interesting at some point if some brave record label said, ‘Hey, maybe we ought to get those guys back into the recording studio.’ I often wonder what kind of songs would we write if given the chance. You don’t want to go back and be a parody of your former self. I can almost see us going into the studio with someone like Trent Reznor as producer -- something that was totally modern, something totally unexpected." My 22-year-old son, Eric, loves The Beatles and Raspberries ("How could I not, Dad, since you played them all the time?"), but his favorite bands are alternative acts like Trent Reznor/Nine Inch Nails and Linkin Park (my son really got into Johnny Cash after he covered Trent/NIN's "Hurt") --- through my son I've developed a liking for those acts as well. When I told my son that Eric Carmen had mentioned thinking of someone like Trent Reznor producing and updating Raspberries sound to be "totally modern," he was excited. I took my son to see Cheap Trick in August at Cardinal Stadium --- free Kentucky State Fair gig sponsored by Fifth-Third Bank and one of the band's three very successful gigs in Louisville in the past year --- and came away thinking what a perfect match Cheap Trick would be for the guys. They're roughly the same age (Rick Nielsen is 58 and Robin Zander is 52), have their original recording lineup and Eric even toured with Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick years ago. Cheap Trick (with over 40 gold and platinum records worldwide) has stayed popular by touring and releasing new albums/DVDs --- in the past two years they've toured with Kiss, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper and Def Leppard. I think a Cheap Trick/Raspberries pairing might work well (Raspberries would win over a lot of Cheap Trick fans, I think). Seeing Rick Nielsen recently reminded me of Wally --- Rick likes to toss handfuls of guitar picks to the audience (even making the family gesture of telling fans with young kids to hang around after the show if they didn't catch a guitar pick) and Rick was cracking jokes throughout the show. Rick Nielsen also made the neatest comment five months before Raspberries reunited last year about his definition of "power pop" and he mentioned a love for Raspberries in an interview with The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on June 18, 2004 (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04170/333487.stm). "Pop is good. It's not a swear word in my house. I like pop bands and I like power bands. I like The Who and I like the Raspberries. I never liked everything by anybody. I don't like everything by Cheap Trick, either." So, after having tickets to see Raspberries twice this year and missing them twice (weather and health are issues sometimes) on this tour, I'll always have my 1973 Raspberries gig memories and hopes of seeing the band somewhere closer to Louisville in the future (Indianapolis? Cincinnati?). My hope is for another deja vu moment with my son and Raspberries like the one I had with my son when we saw Cheap Trick at Cardinal Stadium (all by themselves) this past August. As a 48-year-old, it was neat to be at the gig with my son, Eric (yeah, there's a reason he's named that), watching Cheap Trick --- first real public event for me since my surgery in late June, so I'm sitting in mid-90s weather in a hot stadium with my son and a friend of his watching Cheap Trick. I had my right elbow on my right knee supporting my right hand on my chin, and my right foot tapping away to the beat. I looked at my son and he was absorbed in the music, smiling, and in the same pose I was in at that moment in time, tapping his foot to the beat --- blew me away. Took me back to when he was little and I'd sit him down in front of a record turntable (remember those?), show him my vinyl record albums ("memories, memories"), surround him with speakers and listen to Beatles/Raspberries/Badfinger/Monkees --- identifying the instruments with him and teaching him the lyrics to the songs (you don't know what's cool about being a father until you're driving down the road in 1987 and your 4-year-old child is in the back seat singing along as the radio plays "Nowhere Man" or "Last Train To Clarksville" on the radio, and he knows all the words!). Anyway, the first thing my son says after the Cheap Trick show, "Dad, we HAVE to see Raspberries!!!" My son adores "I Don't Know What I Want" and "Party's Over," --- so guys: you and your music are timeless, so don't ever go away again (you know, "please, don't go awaaaaaay..."). Besides, my son's hair is as long as Wally's (my ex-wife hates my son's hair length, which makes me like it all the more)... Don
  25. Bernie, Brilliant, man, brilliant! Of course, you do know that people will hear Eric singing The Beatles and say something silly like "he sure sounds like Paul McCartney"... Don ;-)
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