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Everything posted by blackhawkpat

  1. Rest In Peace, Seattle Steve!
  2. I’ve always liked Tom Jones and now that he’s covering Eric, I like him even more.
  3. Jon Bon Jovi, noted Raspberries fan, also got up and sang happy birthday to Paul.
  4. That was one of the few things on my bucket list was to take all my daughters to see the two living Beatles and I was able to accomplish that a few years ago. As great as it is to see him, it’s even better when you are with loved ones. Terrific review, LC!
  5. It was immediately after the performance of the song. They had a woman In the crowd come up to a microphone and tell them that she met her husband because of the song and Kelly said something to the effect of “Not only did Ann write this song, but because of her these two got together” (paraphrasing). Wilson was looking down and kind of looked up when she said that but never said a word. I rewound the DVR twice to make sure I wasn’t hearing things. I don’t blame Kelly, because I’m sure one of her staff incorrectly told her who wrote the song, but very disappointed in Ann, as I’ve always been a fan.
  6. Wow, and Rodney Dangerfield claims HE gets “no respect”. I was just channel surfing and happened to see Ann Wilson from Heart singing along with Kelly Clarkson on the Kelly Clarkson show the ballad “Almost Paradise”. They did a really great version of it, but once they began talking, Kelly said Ann wrote the song and Ann didn’t bother to correct her! I mean, wouldn’t you say something like, “actually I didn’t write that it was written by a great songwriter named Eric Carmen” ????? Come on, Ann……. You are better than that.
  7. James, After reading your reply, we need to get you involved in solving world peace….. or does this post belong in cartoon world?
  8. James, I agree that I would’ve loved to have heard the second lineup produce four or five more rocking albums but as far as talent goes FOR THE SONG, to me there’s no one like Jim Bonfanti as a drummer when it comes to putting in little fills in the right place for rockers as well as slow songs. So very very underrated. Give a listen to a song like “If You Change Your Mind” (which to me is as good as a song can get on all fronts) What he plays is so simple but it’s absolutely perfect. Kind of like the old term “complex simplicity”. Nothing against Michael, who I think is a great power rock drummer, but I think it would’ve definitely changed the flow of the song having him drum on that. Just my two cents.
  9. I thought Lew Bundles was the fifth Beatle?
  10. I loved the band when Glenn Shorrock was the singer. So many great songs like lady, Lonesome loser, take it easy on me, reminiscing, cool change, etc. I remember watching a special on them on public broadcasting MANY years ago that I had on video tape but I have no idea where it’s at now. Wish I could see that again as it was a terrific concert.
  11. Great job, Bernie, thanks for putting this together for not only the band, but for the fans
  12. If he wasn’t singing staccato and would put more feeling into the vocal , I think I would actually dig this. Certainly like the music of it.
  13. Jim Bonfanti remarked on Facebook that they “had mutual respect for each other’s body of work”. So very very sad.
  14. Stunning news tonight in music as Taylor Hawkins the drummer from the band the Foo Fighters has passed away at the tender age of 50. Rest in peace to him and prayers to his family.
  15. Sounds like a great idea to me. That way Bernie can receive proper credit and we can all enjoy these rare recordings often. What an incredible vocal by Eric on that demo! Wow!
  16. Conan O’Brien and David Letterman might disagree about Jay Leno.
  17. A belated happy birthday to the man, the myth, the legend, James!
  18. Longtime poster Tim from Wisconsin had a heart attack Friday night and had a stent put in. Thankfully, he is back home and resting today after a 99% blockage. Let’s drop a prayer and some well wishes and good vibes for a great guy!
  19. If it was up to David Foster this is how they would’ve sounded all the time
  20. Haha I only used hot dog because that’s the thing people always say you don’t want to know what’s in it. Regarding band or married? I’ve divorced myself from both! Turns out I was always meant to be a soloist in music and in life! As one of my favorite writers once said, “I’d rather do it myself” lol
  21. I hate when these old posts pop back up to the top again. People and their opinions often change over the years, so there’s no use fighting or taking sides over something that was said eight years ago. Kay Bryson is someone I consider a dear friend. We text each other every few months, mostly about our grandchildren and children, with the occasional talk of Wallys health, but we NEVER talk about Raspberries. that being said, she is fiercely loyal to her husband, something I admire greatly in her. I never had that. Eric Carmen is the reason I became a piano player. I’ve always said he made playing piano “cool” when everybody else wanted to be a guitar player. He is one of only four musicians (Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and Brian Wilson being the others) that I would consider an idol of mine. I’ve been fortunate enough to exchange messages with him over the years, and I think the world of him. It saddens me that Eric and Wally could not get along longer than they did because I feel we’ve been robbed of dozens of great songs they could’ve written together or at least played on together, BUT, I get it. I am not gonna bore anyone with stories of bands that I’ve been in over the years but just let me say it’s very easy to join a band, but to sustain it is very very difficult. You go through so much together that you’re bound to have battles. I’ve been in bands where I literally wanted to murder other musicians because of their actions, So I clearly understand the rift EC and WB have. If you think marriage is hard, try being in a band with someone, I honestly believe it’s 10 times harder and you’re usually having to put that effort in with three or four other people rather than just one. i’ve been lucky enough to see Eric and Wally play together in two different versions of raspberries, as well as being solo artists, and I treasure every opportunity I’ve ever had to see either of them play live. I would love to be able to see it again, but I highly doubt I’ll ever get that chance. I don’t want to know how the hotdog is made, I just know it tastes good when I get to eat it. So let’s not fight about how the music got made, but let’s just enjoy the music.
  22. I think there’s no question “all by myself” was Eric‘s biggest hit. If I have to pick a favorite, and that’s like asking me to choose between my kids, I would still go with “sunrise” after all these years if we are talking solo records.
  23. Great find, LC, fantastic vocal! Absolutely love this version of one of my favorite Eric songs of all time.
  24. This thread makes me the happiest GUY in the whole USA! (See what I did there?)
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