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blackhawkpat

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  1. I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on the passing of Eric Carmen, and I think it’s time that we all give a salute to the man who runs this website, our “leader of the band”, Bernie. 

    It’s amazing how many people have texted or called the last three days and the majority of them are people that I met on this website many years ago. I was one of the originals on here and I cannot believe how many lifelong friends I have made from being on this website. 

    Because of Bernie, we’ve been able to hear many unreleased songs by Eric, and I just want to say I am eternally grateful for that opportunity, along with the friendship. 

    We are all hurting right now and will be for a long long time, but I want to think of the wonderful memories such as the first time I met Bernie in Cleveland in 2004 at the first reunion show. He was so incredibly excited just like all of us, and I just remember him coming up to me with the biggest smile saying, “do you believe it? Do you -/:((?))) believe it?” Lol,  it was a fabulous night for all of us who dreamed that one day this would happen. When that curtain opened up, and the four of them were standing there, ripping into “I Wanna Be With You”, is a moment I will never forget. 
     

    Were it not for him, none of us would’ve gotten the chance to converse with Eric, sometimes on a daily basis, back in the day, and I will always appreciate this website because of that. At various times, I was able to talk with Eric on this site, on email,  on Twitter, and on Facebook, but again, it all goes back to Bernie. 

    So, let’s all stand at attention and give a salute to our fearless leader, Bernie. 

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  2. I cannot begin to tell you how sad this makes me. I’ve literally been driving in the car listening to his music since I got the phone call from my friend Seth, telling me he had passed. My phone is blowing up with so many people sharing love, which is something I’m sure would make Eric happy. I’ve said many times, The Beatles were the reason I became a musician, but Eric Carmen is the reason I played the piano. Rest in Peace, dear Eric 

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  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! 

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  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!

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  5. 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.

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  6. On 9/4/2023 at 2:52 PM, Rhonda B said:

    Eric is looking particularly moody in that photo compared to his band mates. I really appreciate photos of him smiling. This one just stands out more.

    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.

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  7. 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.

     

     

     

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  8. 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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  9. Sad news in the sports world today as baseball star Joe Pepitone passed away. Joe spent eight colorful years with the New York Yankees, four with the Chicago Cubs and a couple more with a few different teams at the end of his career. He was famous for his long hair and sideburns that would make Elvis proud that most people said was the first toupee in major-league baseball. Always a good guy with great wit and he will be missed! Joe was 82.

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  10. Three Beatles will be releasing material on record store day this year. John Lennon will have a special edition of “gimme some truth”, Ringo Starr will be re-releasing “stop and smell the roses” and Paul McCartney and wings will be releasing a special half speed master of “Red Rose Speedway”. I’ll be standing in line for that last one! Remember when “Pop Art” came out on vinyl a few years ago on record store day? Time to put out “live on the Sunset strip” on vinyl as a record store day release!!!!

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  11. I saw Madonna on her very first tour and I thought she was strikingly gorgeous. Not a fan of the direction she has chosen to take her looks to, especially the eyebrow thing,  but the interesting thing about her musically was always that she tried to go in very different directions. You could never accuse her of copying her last hit to have another. Seeing her in the “Like a Prayer” video? Oh my! Me definitely likey! 
     

     

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