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  1. What a great night it was to finally meet so many board members in person and of course the band. I had not seen them since 1973 in person and it was completely surreal when they took the stage. Mind blowing, actually. Let’s have a 20th anniversary show of the reunion show, boys! (I know, I know. I can dream can’t I?)
  2. Whew…. after scrolling through that, I now have an urge to listen to Marathon Man!!!!
  3. Had a bit of a tiff with a former board member, who shall remain nameless, about how often we listen to the band. I can honestly say that since 1972, there has not been one week I have not either listened to at least one recording of the band or at the very minimum play some songs on the piano by them. There’s definitely days I haven’t listened to them, but weeks? Never. Not even close. it’s not like I sit there and go OK it’s Tuesday, time to play Raspberries, I just love listening to them. He claims I’m short changing myself by not expanding my horizons of listening to more broader music, but to me, the best is the best and I never get tired of their songs. So I ask you, how often do you listen to Raspberries?
  4. I’ve been fortunate enough to see EJ six or seven times in his career including once on this final tour. He was absolutely tremendous when I saw him a couple of months ago. Lots of rumors floating around that Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift, Billy Joel, etc. are going to show up at this. While I get the glitz of any of or all these three joining in, I actually hope it’s not true because I think it will take away from Elton’s ‘s finale. I’m truly hoping it’s Paul McCartney and they do “I saw her standing there” together just like Elton did with John Lennon on John’s final live performance at MSG. I think that would be such perfect closure.
  5. Rest In Peace, Seattle Steve!
  6. I’ve always liked Tom Jones and now that he’s covering Eric, I like him even more.
  7. Jon Bon Jovi, noted Raspberries fan, also got up and sang happy birthday to Paul.
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. James, After reading your reply, we need to get you involved in solving world peace….. or does this post belong in cartoon world?
  12. 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.
  13. I thought Lew Bundles was the fifth Beatle?
  14. 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.
  15. Great job, Bernie, thanks for putting this together for not only the band, but for the fans
  16. 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.
  17. Jim Bonfanti remarked on Facebook that they “had mutual respect for each other’s body of work”. So very very sad.
  18. 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.
  19. 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!
  20. Conan O’Brien and David Letterman might disagree about Jay Leno.
  21. A belated happy birthday to the man, the myth, the legend, James!
  22. 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!
  23. If it was up to David Foster this is how they would’ve sounded all the time
  24. 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
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