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  1. Thanks Kirk, I didn’t even know they were numbered until I read this thread, and went and looked! I wonder how many were printed? If memory serves me correct, you were at that show, right?
  2. Numbers 0154, 0289, and 2526 sit on my record shelf. All still sealed. Just out of curiosity, is the version of “Starting Over” that’s on the flipside the same one that is on the essential Eric Carmen CD like the article says they expect?
  3. I moonlight doing some high school girls sports announcing and I get to play the music during the breaks. Every so often I like to give myself a treat and not play what the girls want to hear but play something I like so last night I played “Hungry Eyes” and lo and behold almost every kid on the court was singing it! Now keep in mind these kids are anywhere between 14 and 17 years old so it’s just amazing how Eric’s songs live on!
  4. Gorgeous actress Sydney Sweeney was on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night, and when she was introduced and walked out, the Roots played “Hey Sweeney” to the tune of “Hey Deanie”! Eric’s music lives on and on!
  5. First saw this on “Friday night videos” on NBC!
  6. So very sad. We went to high school together, although he was two years younger than me. RIP, Andre!
  7. Such a magical night. Drove in a snowstorm from Chicago, and it was well worth it. When that curtain went up, it was absolutely surreal. Couldn’t believe I was seeing them again live after all these years. It was also great to meet in person some of the people I had spoken to for many years on this website. Let’s do it again, boys!
  8. So very sorry for your losses, Rhonda. My mom passed away 26 years ago, and I still think of her often. Prayers to you and yours.
  9. Songbooks exist for the first three Raspberries albums and the first three Eric Carmen solo albums, plus the individual sheet music for “Overnight Sensation” is out there, but they’re not arranged by Eric. I remember several years ago there was talk that there was going to be a songbook put out with Eric’s blessing, but to my knowledge it never got released. Too bad, as I would love to own that.
  10. Will always remember his magical 1970 World Series
  11. Rhonda, I think the photo of Eric is from the Side 3 photo sessions, and the other three are taken from the Fresh era. I believe those three photos are in the song book.
  12. So, as an avid baseball and hockey card collector, I can tell you that leaf metal is a brand-name for cards, and it is on the higher end of expenses. A box of these cards costs about $235!!! What this looks like to me is there is an actual Eric Carmen card up for auction, which would be cool to have, but if you read the sellers description to Kirk, there is no guarantee you will get the actual card even if you win the auction. These kind of things drive me crazy. They want you to bid, and if you were the highest bidder, and an Eric Carmen card falls in that slot, then you get it, but if it doesn’t, you get nothing and are out the money you have bid. (I think it’s interesting they are charging you a shipping charge upfront and you may not get anything shipped to you.) I did a little card research on this and Eric is in the Leaf Pop Century set for 2023. He is listed as card BSP 45. BSP stands for “back stage pass”, which is what they have named his series. Other people in that set include David Lee Roth, Elton John, the Eagles, etc. it looks to have about 53 cards in that set. So buyer beware that if you bid on this, you may not get anything even if you have the winning bid, but if you wanna throw away five bucks, let’s say, you may get something really cool that has Eric on a trading card. I will try to go to my local trading card shop sometime this week and see if they can give me any information on the way to just buy his card directly and report back.
  13. Happy birthday, Eric. Thanks for all the great lasting music you’ve provided all of us and on a personal level, while the Beatles got me into rock ‘n’ roll, you were the one that made playing the piano cool to me and I will be forever grateful.
  14. The bridge in “Let’s Pretend” when Eric and Wally sing together is literally one of the greatest live harmonies I’ve ever heard in my life. Spectacular!
  15. I was playing with my band at a night club in the early 80s with a one week engagement and I happen to see a guy in the back that looked very familiar. I kept thinking to myself, this can’t be who I think it is . At our first break he approached me and asked me if I would be interested in playing keyboards for him the next week when he was playing there? Yes, it was Tiny Tim! I’ve got to tell you, one of the nicest people I’ve ever met in my life. Told me I only had to play on about five songs with him and he would provide the sheet music, no rehearsal, just do it! He told stories throughout the set. Obviously “tiptoe through the tulips” was one of them and the rest were songs from the 30s and 40s that I really wasn’t familiar with, but it all came out great, and like I said he was very shy but very cool. $50 a man was the going rate at that time and he gave me $100 per night, even though I told him I would do it for nothing. i’ve met a lot of jerk musicians in my life, but I can honestly say he was one of the nicest.
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